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  1. 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.





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  2. 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.


  3. 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.

  4. 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.

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  5. 23 minutes ago, DevilMinder said:

    Five picks in the first three rounds now. Nice Shero, crack the whip on those scouts so they are good picks!


    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.

  6. 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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  7. Look, I get what Shero is saying.  It makes sense.  You just can't hire and fire people because of a stretch of 20 games.  I see why he hasn't fired Hynes.  He likes him, Hall likes him, and in essence, he is a fundamentally sound head coach.

    He takes the "silver linings" in both the business and hockey side when he mentions the "Behind the Glass" piece and the whole "Global Series."  I guess that's a victory for Harris and Blitzer.  Happy owners, that satisfy the bottom line, are ones that keep GMs in business.

    But, I challenge Shero to get the best lemonade out of these lemons as he could.  If the team competed night-in, night-out last season to make the playoffs, why is this year's team such a dumpster fire in comparison to last season.  What gives?   This is what should concern Shero.  If you did it last year, why can't you this year, or, at the very least, be competitive enough to come close?  At this point you are losing by a 4 goal margin on a regular basis.  Doesn't make sense.



  8. You have to give to get.  I think Palmieri is the type of player that Torts likes.  Severson is not a bust, but definitely not the second coming of Brian Rafalski.  A first rounder, which should be a mid to late first rounder in 2019 should the Devils make the playoffs, is a jettisonable commodity.  

    If Panarin would take 7 years at 7 million per, or even better, 5 years at 8 million per, you have to pull the trigger on the deal and call it a day.

    A double scoring threat on the left side. I like Panarin - but the only thing that worries me is his commitment to the team.

  9. 4 hours ago, Derlique said:

    Would you give Palmieri and Bratt for Panarin. You're giving up a top-6 RW and a probable top 6 player. I think I would, but that is probably the return CBJ is looking for.

    Yes.  I would do that.  But, I would want a 2nd rounder in return to come with Panarin. 

    Keep in mind, Panarin was traded for Saad straight up.  I know the Blackhawks had to dump salary and that's why they got rid of Panarin, but look at it this way, would you trade Palmieri and Bratt for Saad? 

    Palmieri is the kind of player Torts wants.  His salary hit is much more advantageous than Panarin's future contract.  It may be worth it for them, especially since the player doesn't want to re-sign there.

  10. 17 hours ago, njbuff said:

    Two things........

    1.The Blue Jackets would be fools to trade him to NJ.

    2. Do the Devils think Santini is ready for an expanded role just to trade away a RD like Severson?

    I think Severson's stock was overly inflated by a good, unexpected rookie season.   However, I can't put all of our defensive eggs in the "Severson basket" and therefore, I would be willing to ship off Severson - find a stopgap solution in the interim - if it meant being able to land Panarin. 

    I am more than happy with Santini. 

  11. Apparently Panarin negotiations have hit a halt in Columbus.  I would LOVE to see Panarin in NJ.    How about sending Palmieri, Severson, and a 1st to Columbus for Panarin (with extension)?

  12. 4 minutes ago, MadDog2020 said:


    Puts ROR in a bad spot.  You can't fill Tavares' shoes.  Lamoriello is at it again...trying to fill huge gaps with scotch tape.




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  13. Tavares to the Leafs is admirable.  Good to see he probably left money on the table to go home to a team he's wanted to play for all his life.  They are a good team, and no reason why they can't possibly make a splash in the East this year. 

    I always thought Lou Lamoriello going to the Islanders last month was based on a few things - namely him knowing the pitch the Leafs were going to make to Tavares in advance.  Him having the intel on Tavares would have acted as leverage with Isles ownership giving them a chance to counter on the points that the Leafs prepared to present to Tavares.

    Pink elephant in the room now is the who Lamoriello/Trotz team that is set up for an Isles team that isn't really set to compete.



  14. I think they hired Lamoriello to give the Islanders some credibility in the Tavares negotiation.  On top of that, it prevents the Maple Leafs from making a pitch for Tavares now that Lamoriello is the "insider" from the Islanders side of things.

    But all things considered, I don't think Tavares is any more an Islander on July 1st than Nikita Kucherov or Steve Stamkos is. 

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  15. I think Patrick Kane or Brandon Saad could be had from Chicago.  Everyone has a price.

    Drew Doughty can also be had since Dion Phaneuf is now a poorman's version of Doughty on the same team. 

    Tavares will be a tough buy.  I want him, and I think he can possibly end up captaining our team, but there will be teams out there looking for him, and surely we're not one of the target destinations he has.

  16. I would really like Shero to work his magic to bring in Tavares, although I think that there will be a lot of teams vying for his services.  I just don't know if Tavares will want to sign here and for the price.

    Shero has a lot of work to do this summer.  Yes, we made the playoffs, but the team needs to be re-freshed, especially on the back line.

    I know I'm dreaming, but what is the chance that Shero can take advantage of Chicago's abysmal year and try to pry away Patrick Kane or Brandon Saad from the Blackhawks?  Is Galchenyuk back in the conversation from Montreal? 

    D-wise I would like to see no one short of Drew Doughty on the Devils.  Maybe a pretty-boy like Severson, and some young guns like Bratt/McLeod and a 1st can land Doughty? 

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