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Jerrydevil

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  1. I sometimes listen to Matt and Chico. They are a little more critical. Chico is generally a positive person but he will call out uninspired play and mistakes.
  2. I think sometimes I am guilty of picturing what Lou Lamoriello would do even though Lou is no longer in charge. This team is ripe for change via trade or coach or both. Lou wasn't afraid to make a big deal to alter a team. We also know he wasn't afraid to can a coach. I still think about how late he fired Julien and Ftorek. Wild stuff.
  3. I sense that a significant trade will happen if the team continues to flounder.
  4. Yes, I think something happens .... somewhere.
  5. I think you could argue the Pats are the best AFC team, but then again the AFC is wide open. A few teams could get hot at the right time. I like the Colts better than a couple other teams, like Tennessee and the Chargers, and the Colts may not even get in.
  6. This was one of the best games of the season, just to watch the Pats do what they did on offense and defense. Really great.
  7. As bad as he was, I'd take Mark Czerwinski back at this point, may he RIP.
  8. The Devils just don't look like they are very hard to play against most nights -- unless the game goes into overtime and there's 3-on-3 on wide-open ice. THEN the Devils become a handful for other teams. I'm gonna give Nico Hischier some props. He's one of the few Devils forwards who plays pretty well along the boards and is tough to knock off the puck. Dawson Mercer seems to have some of that in him, too. I think the team needs a couple more players like this (easier said than done) and perhaps has too many finesse wingers in the lineup. I hate that the fourth line rarely gives the team a lift. Besides McLeod's ability in the faceoff circle, what good are they? I look at this group of defensemen and think it should be good enough to be above average. But it isn't. That's on Nasreddine, your whipping boy. There really does need to be a shakeup. To me, a finesse forward should be dealt and Nasreddine let go. And get the 4th line to be more than a waste of space!
  9. I've seen Devils teams with less talent on the blue line (like Johnny Oduya in our top 3) play much better team defense than this team does. Lindy Ruff has been around a long time, and he should be able to fix this, but he isn't doing it. Whatever system they are playing has leaks in it.
  10. Funny, after that game I was thinking that if the Devils were playing a good team, it would have been a 5-2 loss. I don't know if it has been mentioned in this thread, but Blackwood was terrible in the shootout. So slow to react.
  11. Regarding the trivia question, the Senators were 2-20-1 when the Devils lost to them in 1992.
  12. True. I'm still glad it wasn't us who signed Palmieri to a 4 year deal.
  13. Kyle Palmieri, 1 goal in 20 games. We have our share of problems, but this particular one isn't our problem anymore. I think Zach Parise has yet to score a goal.
  14. I had Ty Smith as most disappointing because the Devils need him to be capable to be a playoff contender, and he's very far from capable.
  15. It's hard not to think that based on we've seen so far.
  16. I'm hearing that, too. He hasn't played with grit since 2019. Why is that? I think the Bruins might ask for Bratt or Zacha to add more skill. Maybe they would settle for Tatar and McLeod. It's also a red flag that DeBrusk's mother is defending her son on Twitter. That's just bonkers.
  17. I can't agree more with this opinion. The onus is on Fitz to not let a losing streak spiral into a season swirling the drain. Does that mean firing coaches? Maybe. Or, a trade can be made to diversify the forwards on this team and shake things up. Jake DeBrusk has asked the Bruins to trade him. Fitz could determine if he'd fit in here and maybe inquire what the price is.
  18. He's missed, as a goal scorer and a competitor. I hope he can recover from his injury and still be an effective player. I know the game has changed from 20 years ago, but I can't help but think we need a little bit more size and strength if not snarl.
  19. Hard to kill Siegenthaler for not having a mean streak, he fits right in with almost everyone else on the team. We don't have any nasty SOBs who take a regular shift. PK throws a nasty slew foot once in a while.
  20. I don't disagree with that. We had quite a few players swallowed up in this game. Hischier and Zacha made no impact whatsoever. The Devils got worked, and the Wild badly exposed the weak areas on this team. Just not good and deep enough on the backline, not good enough on the forecheck. Blackwood needed to steal this one for the Devils to win ... and he didn't.
  21. This Minnesota team gives you no room at all. Relentless. This is one of the best teams I've seen this season.
  22. It's nice that the team is using their speed to pressure players now, as ragged as it looks at times. The PK was too passive last year, and it just didn't work at all. With Jack and Dougie on the ice together on the PP, I'm expecting good things. It sure is bad now, like you say.
  23. The body of work ain't great, but the penalty killing is better and Siegenthaler's steady play is a nice surprise. With Jack back, the PP has to get better, I mean .... right? I sure hope so.
  24. He's that "200 foot player" teams want. He's great at reading the play, and he has the skill to turn it into a scoring chance or to win possession. Dawson Mercer at center has those traits, too.
  25. This discussion comes up every year. If you're in a race, you hang onto players unless you're trading him for another player who helps now. A general manager owes that to all the other players on the team. If the Devils are chasing a wild card in the late winter, we're gonna trade Subban for a 4th round pick? I don't think that's good management.
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