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  1. A six game downward spiral after winning pretty much from the start of the season raises a few red flags for me: 1. The team has now been "figured out" by opponents that once took the NJD lightly, now they show up to play against us, and all our tricks aren't tricks anymore. 2. There are some serious issues in the locker room - both with coaching and with the players. No hunger, no fight... 3. Unlucky I'm hoping it's the 3rd, but good teams create luck, and it appears that we've run very short on that as of late, which would indicate we aren't all that good after all. Yogi used to say it..."A slump is like a soft bed, easy to get into, hard to get out of."
  2. Someone stated it correctly by saying that JG did not want to play either in Calgary or New Jersey, after all, if he did, he would have signed in either of those two places without a hiccup. Therefore must be more to the package in CLB that we are not talking about here - quality of life and perhaps the feel of the club. Did how the state of NJ handled the COVID situation have an effect of JG's long-term decision? How about how it was handled in Canada? If I'm gonna sign-on to live in a place for 8 years, I better do my due diligence to make sure where I'm going to live is top notch overall - raising kids, quality of life, healthcare, etc. That my employer means business, has a good corporate culture. It's pretty apparent that the Devils do not have a good team culture - affirmed by the lack of results in the past decade. JG made the right choice. He will be the next Rick Nash there.
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    I think with the right motivation, this guy still has it. One of my favorite Devils of the last 20 years.
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    According to reports, Kovy is considering a comeback to hockey at age 39. Would you take him on the cheap to complete the circle? I would.
  5. I find it a bit odd as well that Cangi is stepping down without much fanfare. As far as I know, he didn't really mention anything or taking a curtain call the last few games he called for the team. I'm guessing there are a few possible motives: 1. World Cup Qatar: I'm assuming Cangi will be part of the lineup calling games for the WC in Qatar. This will easily take him out of the MSG lineup for at least 1 month. Not sure if MSG wanted that. Keep in mind, the WC is right after the MLS season, where Cangi is also calling games. So, between the MLS season and the WC, Cangi would be stretched pretty thin if you were to add in early fall games for the NJD. 2. Someone just doesn't up and leave a gig in a major market like the NY/Tri-state area. So, either he got a better offer and can't announce it yet, or the Devils have decided to change directions with a new PBP announcer. 3. Possible internal issues that they are dealing with (synergies with ownership, producers, or even the club).
  6. Watch what you say about Italians 🇮🇹💪🏻💪🏻💪🏻
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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?
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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?
  14. 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
  15. Cangelosi sounds pissed in the post game. About time.
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    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.
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    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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
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    2018 UFA Thread

    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.
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    2018 UFA Thread

    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.
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