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Chuck the Duck

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  1. This is very true. Without COVID shutting down Harvard hockey and likely all college sports until 2021, Walsh goes back for his senior season and is probably a 50/50 bet to sign his ELC with the Devils. I'm sure his contract with the Devils will include a provision providing money for him to return to Harvard to complete his degree in the offseason. Hell, with the online classes Harvard will be offering students in the fall semester coupled with the fact that there is no way the NHL/AHL seasons start before December, he likely will be able to continue his schooling and graduate on time in the spring of 2021.
  2. This is what I'd want. I would not reach that high for a goalie. I know he's been compared to Price, but my philosophy would be to wait until that 3rd 1st round pick and, if Askarov is still there, then its a huge win for us and you take the kid. If not, you move on and grab another goalie in the 4 or 5th round.
  3. The series against the Rangers does not count as playoff games. Therefore, to get the 3rd, Crisis is correct. The part the Devils and Carolina are fighting about (which will likely end up in arbitration) is whether a 5 game or longer series against the Rangers in the qualifier round triggers the conditional 4th round pick. I can't see how an arbiter in good faith could say no to the Devils position on that. Those games count for something and are not exhibitions. But this is the NHL, so you need to take logic completely out of the equation.
  4. The CAA is still standing. However, the interior of the arena has been converted to a sound stage used by production studios to film TV shows and large musical acts to practice for an upcoming tour. I'm sure everything could be converted back to make the arena playable for hockey again, but I highly doubt the Islanders will go down that road. I'm sure they will be back at Barclays next year if there is a season with fans allowed to attend games. If no fans are allowed to attend games, then I highly doubt there will be a season at all. But if there was, they could possibly use their practice facility at Northwell for games as it is an NHL sized sheet with an NHL locker room (at least for the home team - might have to build out a visitors locker room) that has low cost overhead.
  5. I don't think so. I thought they stated that the playoffs are deemed to begin only after the play-in series are completed and the remaining 16 teams vying for the Stanley Cup will be considered playoff teams for the draft format. Only the NHL can say that in one breath, then say that the stats from the play-in games will count as playoff statistic in another, even through the teams that lose their respective play-in series will not be considered playoff teams. So, in effect, you have players that will accumulate playoff stats that never actually played in a playoff game. Totally makes sense.
  6. Beat me to the punch on this. I saw the same thing. If that's true, it will be tough for a number of teams to operate without substantial financial backing from the league.
  7. I read somewhere that the NHL has been modeling different scenarios. In the one where they are required to keep fans at a 6 foot distance in all directions, most arena capacity will drop to anywhere between 2500-2800 people. I can't imagine the teams (especially mid and small market teams like the Devils) will not lose a ton of money in that scenario which will call into question whether the next season should restart without fans or with limited numbers of fans in the building due to social distancing. The Devils have been really good about dealing with STH's and payments for next year throughout this entire crisis. They have given fans the option of doing what they need to at this time while other teams have been holding ticket holders to their agreements and taking their money per normal circumstances like the Rona never happened. I'm critical of this organization when necessary, but I have to give them props too when they deserve it.
  8. I couldn't agree with this more. I wear the mask indoors when shopping, but its usually a short period of time and I absolutely hate every minute of it. As much as I want to go back to the Rock and watch some Devils hockey, I doubt I will be doing it if I have to wear a mask for 3 hours.
  9. From what I read, it's approximately $500 million across all TV deals in the US, Canada, and abroad. Not chump change, and losing that revenue will have a very real impact on the cap at some point. That is the main reason why both the owners and players are so interested in making sure a playoff occurs. While the league is more gate driven then the NFL, MLB, and NBA, its TV contracts are not insignificant and still make up a good chunk of hockey related revenue on an annual basis. On the other hand, the AHL is completely gate driven and the fact that they would have to restart without any fans in the buildings makes no sense financially for them. That is why they cancelled the remainder of their season today. In fact, if they have to start next year without fans, don't be surprised if the AHL cancels all or part of their 2020-21 schedule if they do not receive any direct financial support from the NHL. The NHL should go on points percentage and re-start this season with the 1st round of the playoffs. Bringing back teams like the Devils and Detroit to play meaningless regular season games in front of empty arenas makes no sense. However, these clubs have sponsorship contracts and their own individual TV deals to live up to, so I'm sure the owners would like to finish the regular season to prevent having to refund significant money remaining on those deals. I just don't see that being feasible though.
  10. From what I understand, if the Playoffs don't happen, then the NHL owes NBC a large portion of its TV revenue for the 2019-20 season back. It could be the same for Sportnet in Canada as well. According to Bettman, NBC pre-pays for each season, which means that the NHL would not receive the equivalent to the lost TV revenue for the 2020-21 season, or that amount could possibly be stretched out over the remainder of the TV contract, which isn't that long. That is a large chunk of league revenue that will vanish, and have a severe negative effect on the cap for 2020-21 and/or 2021-22. The League is trying to avoid that chaos by attempting to finish out this season. As much as there is opportunity (if the NHL were the first sports league to open up again, the viewership would break records for them) and tradition (nobody wants to play 80% of a season and not have the Cup awarded) involved in this decision, the money usually controls. Unfortunately, there is no great solution here and the PA will have to decide whether 3-4 months away from their families for certain players is worth it considering the economic fallout that could come from canceling the remainder of this season.
  11. I had that hat too. The logo without the circle just looks right on the black jerseys for some reason, the same way it did on that hat. I don't like it on the red (at all) or white (it's ok but not great). The more I look at this mockup, the more I'm hoping for something like it if/when they introduce a 3rd that isn't a retro.
  12. That's one of the better 3rd jersey concepts I've seen. I'm not a fan of the all black look, but that is pretty good overall. I like the state outline on the pants too. Well done.
  13. Very surprised that they let Gallant go. He is a good coach, so I wouldn't be opposed to having him behind the bench next season. However, Seattle might be itching to get him since he has experience building a successful team out of nothing already.
  14. I think it is the opposite. Based upon the press conference, it sounds like Ray was ready to break it down and start Rebuild 2.0, while the owners want to win now and aren't ready to wait for another 3-5 years before we can contend for a playoff spot. Basically the exact opposite of trusting the process and what they did with the 76ers. The way they approach the trade deadline will be telling. This is just a mess now. I don't understand not offering Hall any contract at all, allowing Ray to trade him, then firing the guy a few weeks later saying that the team doesn't win enough as the reason for his dismissal. Hall was the best player on this team. If you are going to try to contend in the near term, you need players like him in your lineup. IMO, when Ray came to the owners and said his plan was to trade Hall, that would have been the time to fire him based upon their lame reasoning given in yesterday's press conference. I started watching the Devils in 1985. Maybe its selective memory or the fact that I was young and didn't comprehend or care about the front office stuff, only what was happening on the ice, but while they were bad back then, I don't remember this level of dysfunction.
  15. Rangers want to move the Queen, but he doesn't want to go anywhere and has a full NMC. If he went to them and agreed to waive, the Rags would move him in a second in order to keep Shestorykin (sp) and Georgiev as their cheap goaltending tandem for the next several years. Rumor is that they brought the kid up to play recently in order to avoid having him go back to the KHL as he wasn't happy playing in Hartford. Rags are in a tough, but enviable, spot with their net situation right now. My hope is that the Queen refuses to move and plays out the remainder of his contract forcing them to trade Georgiev.
  16. It's all about jersey sales. Generally speaking, fans buy more of the home jersey than the road jersey.
  17. He was basically floating the idea that the Devils are shopping Palms (and everyone else on the roster not named Hughes and Hischier), the Bruins would be a perfect fit for Palms as he would slot in as their 2RW, and all it should take is Bjork and a 4th round pick, a la the Charlie Coyle deal from last year. Cites to 1 unnamed assistant GM for backing as well as the fact that Palms trains up in Foxboro in the offseason. This trade makes total sense for the Bruins and very little for the Devils. I believe Bjork, although a good prospect, has had 2 major shoulder injuries already, and is on the last year of his ELC. If Shero made that deal, I would be really pissed. Palms is under contract for another year at a reasonable AAV. He loves playing here, is great in the community, is a consistent producer, and can help teach these kids how to be pros. We can't have a roster full of 20 year olds. There is no reason to trade him unless the return is something ridiculous that you can't turn down. This seemed like a filler piece by the writer because there are no real stories to write about during the dog days of the NHL season.
  18. That was the best offer the Devils got for Hall. It's a typical offer for a high end rental player. Shero should have allowed teams to speak with Hall's agent RE: an extension if he expected a return better than this, although that was likely to be a futile game considering he seems hellbent on going FA on 7/1. Unfortunately, this sets back the rebuild another 2 years IMO. So disappointing after the optimism that we had this offseason.
  19. So you want to trade Hall, Wood, and OUR 2021 (unprotected) 1st to Colorado for Byram and a 3rd?????? You absolutely cannot be trading away our 1st in this deal. The 2021 pick is probably a lottery pick. I would have to think (hope) a better deal will be available to Shero than that.
  20. Domingue stinks. he might be better than Cory has been this season, but that's not saying much. Based upon Hynes' comments, it seems like the plan is to play Blackwood as much as possible over the next several weeks, with Louie getting the odd start here or there. Looks like the long term play is to send Cory down to get him some game action to see if they can straighten him out and get his head right by playing a bunch in Bingo. He clearly was a liability and wasn't going to play here in NJ, so sending him down is the right move. They hope that he can get things right so they bring him back up later in the season. Where they go from there, who knows. A buyout will hurt as he still has 2 more years after this one on his deal.
  21. I would do a trade centered around Hall for Johnny Hockey in a heartbeat. Would have to give Calgary rights to speak with Hall's agent about an extension prior to the trade to make the deal work, but it is something I hope Shero is entertaining if not actively looking into at this point.
  22. Toronto would sign me to play in net for them before picking up Cory off waivers at his full $6 million+ cap hit. They basically can't afford the players they have. They definitely can't afford adding Cory to that payroll.
  23. I can see PK settling in the area should the Devils keep him for the next few years at least. NHL Network films out of Secaucus, and NBC Sports is based in Stamford, CT. Not to mention the numerous daily talk shows filmed out of NYC, if he's looking to go that route. It's a good area to live if you want to work in media for your post-playing days career.
  24. I personally don't boo the team, and didn't do it last night. However, they ABSOLUTELY deserved to be boo'd last night, after the cumulative blown leads and BS play that the fans have witnessed at home this season. It's ridiculous. Score 5 and are up by 2 with 12 minutes left in the game and need a goal with 7 seconds left in regulation just to salvage a point. There is no excuse for it, regardless of who the opponent is. I try to stay optimistic, especially early in the season, but between Cory whiffing on glove saves that my 8 year old son could make and Hall making blind passes at the offensive blueline that results in a turnover, odd man rush, and a goal against which would get a pee wee benched, its impossible to think that this season isn't an utter disaster at his point. The fact is that Hall, PK, Cory, and the other top players on this team are generally underachieving and this team is not good enough to overcome it. I'm just frustrated and have had enough of watching the same thing happen over and over again. Something needs to change.
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