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  1. Looking at it straight-up this way, yes, seems like an unfair advantage for Vegas. But, let's break it down - each club benefited financially from Vegas' (and now Seattle's) entry into the league - this to the tune of like $20 million per team in distributed funds derived from the entry fees paid. So - if you're Vegas or Seattle - you're like..."Screw that - I paid to have these expansion rules favor my team - so I'm not feeling sorry for anyone" $600 million is a lot of money to enter a team into competition. That's just a fee to enter the league. That's not talking about brick and mortar, logistical, human resource costs - which can drive that amount up another 50%. Imagine paying the $600 million expansion fee, and being as dreary as the Senators or Sharks in their expansion years. Not happening. It benefits the league having a competitive team right off the bat, and it also helps guarantee a generous and quicker return-on-investment to the ownership group of the new franchise. It's all calculated my friends.
  2. I would use the 1st the Islanders gave us, for sure. I would hope next year, Fitzgerald and Co., have us competing for a playoff spot. There would need to be some technical and character upgrades to the team for this to be done (including an assistant coach refresh), but it is not outside the realm of possibilities. A solid backliner, and a good, bonafide sniper can change a team's fortunes. I think Kane is exactly that. He is a player that certainly would meld well with Hughes or Hischier. He isn't the "final piece" of a cup winning team, but can be a crucial part of getting us back to the playoffs. Losing Bratt and Zacha isn't the end of the world. Severson is a major disappointment and maybe a change of scenery will help him too. The 1st is a late round pick, so it is hit/miss if it pans out. For 2 years of Patrick Kane - definitely doable. And if he re-signs, definitely a bonus on top of that.
  3. Send to Chicago: Zacha Bratt Severson 2021 1st For: Patrick Kane Kane would pair up well with Hughes or Hischier, not to mention that he brings cup experience, and is on the younger side of 30. Would inject life back into a franchise that is kind of down on it's luck, and still allow for us to build around Hischier and Hughes without parting ways with too much. Thoughts?
  4. Shero is still under contract - even though he was fired - and so he most likely has to abide by a gag order or risk not getting paid what is owed to him. He will come alive as soon as his present contract with the NJD comes to an end.
  5. I live in Italy. First few athletes here tested positive. Doesn't look good for Serie A or the UEFA Champions League either. Never thought I would see something like this in my lifetime.
  6. Just listened to Shero's press conference in its entirety - Well, I think either he's delusional or he is really in the beginning phases of denial for what he has done thus far with this team. He kept rambling on without any sense of conviction for any of the things he was communicating. Is this guy literally out of touch? What I find interesting was that he suggested, in his various rumblings, that Harris and Blitzer essentially had to give a blessing for him to trade Hall. Which for me suggests that either A) Blitzer and Harris essentially told Shero there was no way they would spend that money on Hall in the offseason so therefore, trade him or B ) They aren't as cheap as we're thinking they are because they had to approve Shero eating salary for Hall, which essentially would impact the bottom line of the organization. I had a smidgeon of faith in Shero before all this, but after listening to him, I for certain think this guy is not the man to lead the NJ Devils forward. If we're doing "Rebuild 2.0" let's get proven NJ Devils blood in there - Stevens, Brodeur, Elias...etc.
  7. So, I'm assuming we all agree that what we've seen for the better part of the last decade is not indicative of the NJ Devils most of us have grown to love. If a regime change / culture change is in line - what would you guys think about something like: General Manager: Nieds / Marty Coaching staff: Patrik Elias / Scott Stevens / Bryce Salvador / Ken Daneyko / Sergei Brylin Injecting "winning" NJ Devils blood into the organization that has been molded by Lou Lamoriello. Ideas?
  8. Here we go: https://www.nj.com/devils/2019/11/devils-to-place-cory-schneider-on-waivers-after-recalling-goalie-louis-domingue-from-ahl-what-it-means.html
  9. Cangelosi sounds pissed in the post game. About time.
  10. Mitico12

    Fire Hynes

    What coaches are available that can help jumpstart this team? Don't know much about Boucher. You think Jacques Lemaire would come back? I know he's about 90 years old, but I would take him over Hynes any day.
  11. Mitico12

    Fire Hynes

    I didn't watch the game because I'm over in Italy, but from the sounds of it, it was a situation where the team essentially began to show "chicks" in the armor late in the 2nd period and all began to unravel from there. I've seen it all too many times under Hynes. This team has NO defensive structure, doesn't know how to defend a lead, and is too weak 5-5 in their own zone to really protect a lead. This loss is on the coaching staff. You can't blow a 4-0 lead, opening night, in your barn. Sends a bad signal to the team, to the fans, and puts doubt in people's minds. You're not going to run-and-gun teams on a nightly basis, no matter how many #1 draft picks you have in your lineup - and somehow, someway you need to have a tactical defensive plan. I've said it many times - HYNES may be a developmental coaching phenom, but he lacks the grit and experience to take it up a notch at this level. Give HYNES the boys down in Bingo, and hire a seasoned NHL veteran coach that can instill experience, and make painful decisions when necessary.
  12. Agreed. No use in having picks in the draft when we end up picking up players that are nothing more than glorified high school players.
  13. I reckon this was a psychological and tactical move on Shero's part. Having a coach that expires at season's end, with the current season not going according to plan, could have spelled out an absolute free fall for the team in the 2nd half of the season. Players would stop playing - especially knowing that perhaps their coach was a lame duck. Instead, now signing Hynes to an extension, the ownership has backed the coaching staff, which means the players will either have to put up or shut up. Hynes, in theory, doesn't have to worry about his job. Now, do I hope that Shero has some kind of "escape clause" in this extension? Yes. I sure hope so. I also think this is "PHASE 1" of trying to get Taylor Hall to extend. In my opinion, it's just a façade to confirm Hynes to the team. Behind the scenes, however, we have no idea what the actual agreement is, or if this was a tactic to get their most prized player re-signed in the summer.
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