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  1. Making a trade at this point is an exercise in futility. First order of business is cleaning up the on-ice culture and that starts with making a coaching change. 

    Not sure who's available to come in mid-season. 

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  2. 10 hours ago, Colorado Rockies 1976 said:

    Surreal times.  Even if we knew this day could ultimately come, obviously once it actually becomes real, it just…hits hard.

    Not sure what to expect for this game.  Just hope that the players can find a way to get past this, and that this organization that I’ve spent so much of my life rooting for didn’t look the other way because McLeod had something to offer on the ice.

    Let’s go Devils.

    Michael McLeod is not the NJ Devils.  I would be more worried if this was Jack or Luke Hughes in his place.  No one member of the team is bigger than the sum of its parts.  

    Keep it moving, and win - that's what the Devils need to focus on.

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  3. 10 hours ago, LIDevsFan1 said:

    Been a fan for 35 years.  Darkest off ice day in the franchise’s history. 

    Explain?  How can this be a "dark" day in the history of the franchise?  It's not like McLeod was the next coming of Patrik Elias, and it's not like the Devils drafted McLeod knowing he was going to be a suspected group rapist.    People need to understand that athletes are people, and they do effed up things.  I'm sure this isn't the first effed up thing a Devil's player or any other NHLer did.  Only thing is that McLeod was caught, and others were not caught or were covered up well.

    Let this be a reminder that company culture is important.  Setting a culture where your players are model citizens in/out of the rink should be a priority.


  4. For an owner to give a GM a mid-season contract extension, there may be tactical reasons related to this beyond this season that required Blitzer to think ahead or else risk losing some value down the line.  First, it's down to economics.  On the open market, perhaps Fitz will command a large pay raise by a desperate club.  By signing him now, Blitzer hedges future wages by signing at a more team-friendly deal, while at the same time guaranteeing the most essential front-office position is locked up. 

    Secondly, was Fitzy up for renewal at the end of the season?  If so, then I'm guessing Blitzer wanted to get a lock on Fitzgerald or else risk losing him AND whoever is loyal to him.   No time to go through an interview process at season's end, especially with the draft needing to be planned for.   

    Thirdly, perhaps future-thinking Fitzgerald has names of players that he can coax into coming to NJ, we're talking big names, and so signing him could ensure that Fitzy keeps working on those leads to help stabilize the future team.  He may also have an "inside connection" to a future coach of NJ, with that coach's services only being guaranteed if Fitz is at the helm of the team. 

    Fourthly, there may be buzz around the building about the team's front-office's lack of performance.  The team is underperforming this year - and nothing worse than to be at the center of all the rumors that this or that may get "axed."  What way to quash those rumors is to give your lead guy an extension - just like they gave Ruff an extension at the beginning of the year.

    In the end, it's a business.  Guys like Blitzer could care less if the Devils win the Stanley Cup.  It would be a bonus for them, but not essential.  What's essential is creating value for the team, raising its worth, and ensuring the bottom line is in the black.   Blitzer wouldn't know the difference of a boomerang and a hockey stick if Gretzky were to give him a personal lesson on the two himself.  Who we kidding.  He and his partners are worried about $$$



  5. Wonder if this extension came about as a result of a conversation that Fitz requested with ownership regarding Lindy's future and this extension was simply a bi-product of that conversation? Curious to understand if that's what went down here.

  6. I just saw the full game recap as I live overseas.  Honestly, Vanecek gives me the impression of being a guy "who knows" his time is up with the team.  No poise, no passion.  He doesn't stand tall in the net.  Doesn't cut down angles very well and doesn't read the puck very well.

    If we make the playoffs, it will be a very miraculous accomplishment, especially given that Lindy is coaching without any sort of sense of urgency.  

    This team isn't bad -  it is just playing bad because it isn't prepared properly by the coaching staff.

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  7. Well, as long as the team can stay in the playoff hunt while they recover.

    My gut feeling however, is this season is going to unravel quite quickly. 

  8. I will say it again, especially to those of you who were out planning a Stanley Cup celebration after last year's win against the NYR in the playoffs - the honeymoon is over!

    Was last year a fluke? No. It wasn't. But we also rode a wave of success coupled by the fact that we had no expectations to go anywhere and players without much pressure on them.

    The situation this year is different. We still have a coach who is out of touch in today's NHL, teams that are prepared to play us night-in, night-out, and a goaltending tandem that is clearly struggling to gain confidence.  Vitek Vanecek, for example, reminds me a lot of a bad version of Scott Clemmensen (and for those of you who recall him, he was shaky at best on a good day).

    A team that comes into a first period and sh!ts the bed, or takes a commanding lead and can barely hold on to it, is a strong indicator of bad coaching and Ill preparation.

    Add to that the fact that we have two goalies that cannot bail us out on a bad night, it's a very strong recipe for a top-10 draft pick come Spring of '24.

  9. Replacing arguably one of the most prominent, up and coming stars in the game is an exercise in futility.  So, there is no replacing Jack Hughes presence and production.  Also, there's little replacing Nico Hischier's ability to play solid on both sides of the puck.   You had a bit of a one-two punch here, that drove a bit of how the defense plays as well.

    However, the team's lack of "collective defense" exacerbated by spotty goaltending is going to be the team's demise this season.  Irrespective of whether or not Jack and Nico come back tomorrow or next week, a team that is that porous defensively and is suspect on the back end in goal will not make it past the first round of the playoffs (if they even make the playoffs).

    Team defense (in exchange for an explosive offense) is what I expected from a Jack-less and Nico-less team.  But apparently, our braintrust hasn't gotten the memo.







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  10. If there is tissue damage to Jack's shoulder, I'm afraid the situation may not be so short-term, as if they decide to go the non-surgical route, it would require a lot of time of rehab and stregthening of his shoulder before he's back.  But, it can also present issues down the road.  If they go the surgical route, he's done for the season.  

    I'm hoping that if it was a "surgical" problem, that they would do it ASAP and give the guy a fighting chance to be back for the playoffs.  I'm guessing that we will see quickly if they decide to go non surgical, then perhaps the injury is not as bad as they thought it could be.

    Shoulders are the worst joint to hurt - rotates at 360 degrees unlike any other joint, and it is a pain in the butt to fix.  Let's hope for the best. 



  11. Well, judging from watching the replay a bunch of times I can speculate the following as injuries -

    Some kind of bone injury in his shoulder, or, a tear of some sort to his shoulder tendons/ligaments from the impact. 

    Either could mean 3 months of being out of the lineup. And that's if it goes well. 

    Let's hope it's just a deep bruise, because either of the above would mean he's gonna be out significant time. 

    Does anyone remember which shoulder Jack hurt a few years ago?

  12. It's interesting that the NHL can be so "woke" in a few areas, but something practical such as "privacy policies" they are not.   All organizations in the USA, irrespective of their level of wokeness, have some sort of harassment training to help prevent legal action or liability to avoid lawsuits when situations like this transpire.  For example, I have to go through Anti-Harassment training refresh once per year via web-based courses, even though I've done them for almost 20 years straight. 

    I know an NHL coach is considered kind of "immune" to these types of situations given their role as an authority with the club, but in today's age, the damage an ignorant individual (like Babcock) can cause to both the club and the league is enough to warrant that this type of training or familiarization is done.

    Surprisingly, if it was a mistake made out of ingenuine ignorance on his part, not sure why he just didn't come out and apologize to his players (in private) and then via press conference later on.  I guess the club saw irreparable damage given his past that it would become too much of a distraction for them to navigate.  I'm curious to see if they paid him some sort of "severance" to leave?

    By the way, does the IIHF or NHL require coaches to obtain a license to coach?  FIFA does, so a coach cannot become a coach until he/she gets a license from FIFA, where I assume training on issues like this is conducted (minus the Luis Rubiales kissing Jenny Hermoso incident).

    But, one thing's for certain, Babcock is finished as a coach, on TV, and in any line of work with the NHL.  His reputation unfortunately precedes him.



  13. I like Toffoli since 2012, especially noticed him when he was part of the team that broke our heart in the 2012 SCF.   Good move for Fitz.  Definitely appears to mark the end of Tuna in NJ. 

    Despite the upgrades, we need to realize its one thing making paper moves, and one thing actually going out and winning. 

    I hear a lot of fans on this forum - with all do respect to the younger folks on this site - thinking that this team is a few months away from becoming the second coming of the 1980s Edmonton Oilers.  After our second round exit I saw people firing off as if we had won the cup already.   

    My word to them - relax.  It's not that easy.  The team has to have a lot of things going for it - good leadership, good coaching, injuries kept to a minimum, good goaltending - and most importantly - a burning desire to win.  Players have to play up to their ability, day-in, day-out.  Have to be able to recover quickly from tough losses during the season.  Have to be able to score by committee if one of our guys is out for short to medium-stretches of time. 

    I'm happy Fitzy is not standing idle and trying to build a winner.  Now it's up to the coaches, players, and the fans to support the project (with cautious optimism).


  14. 16 hours ago, Aitchmack said:

    I'm amazed Fitz got a third round pick for a player that no one expected to be re-signing with the Devils. As for Severson, I'll miss the fantastic stretch passes he made to Jack and Bratt  but I won't miss the turnovers in the defensive end or his inability to ever clear the crease. I hope he does well in Columbus, unless they're playing the Devils, of course. Then I hope he plays like he did so often for us.

    Not so amazing when you come to think of it.  The Devils have something that the other guy wants and is willing to pay for it.  If Severson hits the market, he has a lot of uncertainty for himself, while CMB is not guaranteed they will be getting his services with potential suitors out there on July 1st.   So, both Severson and CMB hedged against potential negative effects of the free agent market, with the NJD acting as a "broker" to ensure both got what they wanted before uncertainty hit.

    No way Seves gets a max deal (legally) on the UFA market, or even gets a 7-year deal with AAV of 6+ million per.  While CMB could have lost out to "better suitors" like Vancouver in UFA, so they decided to reduce the risk and get it done.

    Seves got the most money and most term.  CMB got to avoid other suitors "wooing" Severson with intangibles when UFA begins (better city, better teammates, low taxes...etc)

    The 3rd round pick was simply a "broker fee" for Fitz and company.   While we all internally think Severson is overhyped and overrated, you would be surprised at how many teams want their hands on Severson and we don't know it.

    I wouldn't be surprised if CMB didn't try to score Seves a few weeks before the deadline and were denied.

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  15. I really can't deal with all this "silver lining" talk about being happy we made it this far. 

    The Devils had a good if not better team than Carolina. They got outplayed and outhustled. 

    You made the playoffs right? Now do something useful with it. Just simply saying we are playing with "house money" isn't logical.

    You have 2 first overall picks in your lineup. 2. That should be enough to tip the balance sheet against some teams. 

    Just a bad effort in several games in Carolina which is what needs to be addressed in the off-season.

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