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DevsMan84

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  1. More reason why the Devils should take Hughes. Nico isn't really a #1 center while Hughes likely is. We draft Kakko and that forces Nico into the #1 center unless we cross our fingers again and hope for another lottery pick sometime soon.
  2. "Trouba revealed that his fiancee's aspirations to become a doctor played a role in his desire to play in the United States. On Monday, he was traded to the New York Rangers ." IIRC, NJ is in the United States.
  3. FWIW "weaponize our cap space" has now become my new favorite phrase.
  4. We have Vats as well who is currently our top D-man (unfortunately). Going forward our core is simply Smith, Hischier and Hughes/Kakko. Everyone else is expendable. We can't be afraid to trade players like Vats, Hall and Palms.
  5. It might be a first and some prospect or middling to lower roster player. Or some package that involves a first, a middling prospect, and maybe a 3rd rounder. I am not 100% sure of the return but it will be underwhelming. By how much is yet to be seen but the guy is 1 season removed from UFA and is coming off a season where he was out for more than half due to injury. He isn't going to command a huge haul.
  6. Like I said before, the return for Hall is going to be underwhelming no matter when and if we trade him. I still say he is worth a 1st to most teams. Vats may have some value. Palms probably has a lot. Yeah it would suck to trade away ~30 goals a season but he aren't winning cups with him being on the top line.
  7. Hall, Palms, Vatanen
  8. Quick thoughts on the Trouba trade: 1) Jets seemed to be very gung-ho about getting a 1st rounder back. We don't have that unless we want to give up our first overall which ain't happening. You can argue our 2nd rounder which amounts to a 34th overall is not much different (talent-wise) than the 20th overall they got back, but to many GM's it does. I guess the whole mentality that if you are picking someone in the second round that means the player you are selecting has already been passed over by every team once comes into play. The closest thing we have to a 20th overall is Ty Smith, which is off-limits IMO. 2) I think there is some overreactions going on here, but I don't think it is wrong to be concerned. I actually like how the Rangers are rebuilding more than how the Devils are doing it. They are trading top-end talent (Zucc, Hayes, etc) on their team and getting first rounders for them. We, on the other hand, are trading guys like Boyle, Lovejoy and MoJo and appropriately getting 2nd and 3rd's for them. If the Devils want to speed up the process, we gotta be in the mentality of giving up guys of value and really work on getting first rounders. That means going forward anyone not named Smith, Hischier and Hughes are available. 3) I am pretty much resigned to the fact that Hall is gone sooner rather than later. I am fine with that. However, I am fully expecting the meltdown when the return is going to be less than thrilling for him. I don't think he is going to fetch peanuts, but he isn't going to command a king's ransom even if we trade him tomorrow. If we get a first rounder for him I would be content enough with that.
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    Hughes or Kakko

    If Ray chooses Kakko I am ending my Devils fandom. Call me fairweather, IDGAF.
  10. Who is worth giving that much to stay? Outside of Panarin or EK, nothing else available out there is worth that much. Whatever we trade away Hall for, it's still going to leave a big void for the Devils to fill.
  11. FWIW, Hall said he is almost about to start skating again. He went down in December and it is now June. Yeah, I am a little bit concerned.
  12. EK has played more games the last 2 seasons than Hall and we are saying he is broken down? There are many that are willing to give Hall the same just to stay.
  13. Maybe. Or maybe not. Eberle would not be the best signing in the world for sure, but he does seem to fit the style and vision that Shero and Hynes seem to have for the team. Not only that but he has built-in friendship with Hall as well on that front. If we got Eberle to the same deal he got today, I would still feel far better about that signing than a lot of the signings in the past 5-6 years (Clowe, Cammy, Ryder, etc).
  14. To be fair, we couldn't outbid the Isles for Eberle as he never hit UFA.
  15. Frankly Hall is kind of low on my list of concerns. Even if he re-signs we still have glaring holes on defense and our second scoring line.
  16. I am not hitting the panic button yet, but last year we were in the same spot hoping for some glaring holes to be partially filled by FA's. What we got was Eric Gryba. Wonderful. If Shero walks away from this off-season with a Mueller-type trade at the draft and a Gazdic and Stafford like signings, then I will be definitely calling for his head. We have a ton of cap space and we can afford a stupid contract.
  17. I am not trusting the opinion of a guy who had a meltdown when we didn't re-sign Beau Bennett because he apparently had great advanced stats.
  18. lol we're getting nothing this offseason.
  19. I hope KK reads or used to read this place. This ain't twitter where he can block people who even throw mild criticism his way. He has to read it and take it like a man.
  20. Oh I fully own my biases against Marty and KK. They never endeared themselves to me personally. I do acknowledge that Marty was a great goaltender from 1994 through about 2010ish, which is a much longer prime than 99% of NHL players that have ever played. I just never cared for his personality and you are correct that it really started to turn for the worst around the beginning of the century. The mutants that inhabit a large portion of our fanbase would have indeed flipped if that was Roy doing that picture. Any knock against Marty, especially ones that do not re-affirm his "goat" status with them, is taken as a personal knock and the reaction is according. This forum is the 1-2% of our fanbase that is largely reasonable. I am talking about the other 98% that inhabit twitter, IG, FB, and all other forms of social media who are largely unreasonable.
  21. I know it is supposed to be fun or funny, but it just completely rubs me the wrong way. I don't doubt my bias against him plays some part in this, but imagine another player in another sport doing this. That goes especially where said player's "goat" status at his own position is still very debatable. If Patrick Roy took the same picture, our fans would be up in arms about it. I guarantee it.
  22. That's literally the first time I have ever heard anyone say that. You're not wrong, but I keep hearing the "modest" description attached to him by many of our fans.
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