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  1. I've always been of the opinion that the franchise should stay in that city and just become defunct or dormant, regardless of where it is moved to. For example, the Scouts and their history should stay in KC, the Rockies should stay in Colorado, and none of that history should be transferred to NJ when the team was moved here. 99% of fans here in NJ do not care (or even know) about the teams fielded when the club played in KC and Denver. In the case of teams like Winnipeg or the Cleveland Browns where the team returns years later, the history and records attaches to that new team. Just my 2 cents
  2. The US lost puck battles all over the ice last night. The Czechs neutralized their biggest strength (speed) and dominated them physically. Would the result have been different if Hughes doesn't get hurt? Probably not but it didn't help them since he was their best D and probably the best D overall in this tournament so far. To say he had a bad game is unfair considering he should not have even been playing after the hit towards the end of the first. He could barely transition and skate backwards which is not ideal for a defenseman at any level, let alone in the WJC. He battled through an injury that hobbled him and made him ineffective. The bling pass at the end was stupid, I will give you that. There was nothing else about that game that you can fault him for with the condition he was playing in.
  3. Why invite the potential controversy that could arise out of it when NOBODY is asking for a Scouts jersey and crest from 1970-something to represent the NJ Devils in 2022? Like a bunch of others have said, if you have to go down this road (we don't - the NYI literally inverted the stripes and did nothing else to their regular home jersey the last time as their RR), then use the Scouts or Rockies jersey template with the Devils colors and logo and be done with it. I personally would rather see a black version of our cup winning jerseys, but they already have the Jersey Jersey abomination still out there for 2 more years, so there is no way they put out a black version of a jersey people want to compete with that sh!tshow for sales.
  4. I would be surprised if Bernier ever plays again in the NHL. He is definitely going LTIR as he won't be ready for at least 1/2 of next season, probably longer.
  5. No. But his family and friends could come visit him a lot easier than they will be able to in Columbus.
  6. Palat is a good signing. He is being slightly overpaid, but that's the nature of free agency. I have no problem with this deal, and if he can continue to produce at the 50-60 point pace he has throughout his career, he is a great add on Jack or Nico's wing.
  7. I don't know why he wanted out of Canada, but it is certainly possible that their COVID policies had a part in it. Not denying that at all.
  8. Technically, Columbus is closer to Salem County, NJ than Calgary. But let's be honest, being in Columbus is basically the same as being in Calgary when it comes to his ability to see family during the grind of an NHL season. I could be wrong, but I don't think these guys have the time to jet around the country to have dinner with mom and dad, even on an off day. He wanted out of Calgary and took a calculated risk that his favorite boyhood team would open enough cap space to sign him. When that didn't occur, he took the highest offer available to him, and that was in Columbus. It had nothing to do with being close to his family. He just wanted to play for the Flyers and wanted out of Canada. He accomplished one of those things. I have no problem with his decision as its his to make. But any BS you hear about him always wanting to play in Columbus is just that ... BS.
  9. Media was way off on this. NYI never were real players as they didn't have the cap room. NJD's offer was no where near the $10.5 million reported. CBJ offer was nowhere near the $12 million that was reported. Reports of it being between the Devils and Islanders with JG leaning to the Devils when, in reality, he had no intention of ever signing with us. Just pure rumors and speculation reported all day long from a bunch of guys making stuff up to fill air time. Made for an entertaining but frustrating day.
  10. Agree 100%. But if Lebrun's statement is true, which I have no reason to doubt, then it's a poor look on the Devils to not even matching the CBJ offer. Personally, I think JG was trying to orchestrate his way to PHI. That is the one and only place he wanted to play. I think he suspected that they would move heaven and earth for him since he is a local kid, a superstar in the league, and would give them a marketable star to sell their rebuild around. Once they backed out and made it clear they would not do what was necessary to create the cap room to sign him, he pivoted to best offer available in the Eastern Conference that was not in Canada. If him leaving Calgary was truly about being closer to family, he would have signed with the Devils and been an hour and 45 minute drive from his childhood home. Now he needs to take a private jet to get him in the same amount of time. I don't begrudge him for making the right choice for his family. But I really don't understand it unless it was purely about $$ and getting out of Canada. CBJ is no closer to winning a cup than we are and, arguably, we have the centers that could have kept his point production where it was in Calgary for the foreseeable future. Hopefully, the Devils will target players like Matthew Tkachuk that fit more with what we need - wingers with some jam that are tough to play against and win puck battles along the boards to open space for our smaller skilled guys. Palat is a nice piece to add, but he doesn't make us appreciably better.
  11. You love to see it. Hopefully they trade away their 1st this coming season for a rental that doesn't get them over the hump towards winning a cup.
  12. Don't be too sure about that one ... EDIT - Not saying Kasper is not a good player, but I've read rumors about the Devils really liking him as high as 2 which is a massive waste of draft capital if you ask me.
  13. Man. This feels like Nico v. Nolan again, but in reverse for us with the long presumed #1 pick seemingly falling out of that spot. We were on the right side of that debate, hopefully we are on the right side of this one as well. It will be interesting to see if a team like Columbus, Phoenix or Seattle tries to trade up to #2 for Wright, and whether the Devils entertain moving that pick if Slaf goes off the board at 1. Devils could then accumulate more picks/assets, move back a few spots and pick 1 of the 2 D. The top 5 of the draft tomorrow night will be interesting for sure.
  14. Can you imagine them taking Cooley with the #1 pick. Those fans would riot and burn that building to the ground. Count me in for that level of chaos.
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