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Everything posted by Mitico12

  1. I can't with these 7 year deals...what ever happened to the 3 year deals?
  2. Shero is looking the trade route if you were to ask me.
  3. Can anyone tell me if the Pens had a "stud" Dman on their team other than Letang? I hardly think Daley / Matta / or Schulz are "studs," and yet they won the cup. My point is, if we can get some good coaching behind the corps we have now, there is no reason why we can't be equivalent to the defense that the Pens had that won the cup, or to the Sharks for that matter that got to the cup final.
  4. I haven't seen too much off Hall's body of work in person for me to confirm/deny the success or failure of this trade. I can just go on what people say about Hall and the game's I have seen him play against us. Speedy forward, good shot, gritty...but again, haven't seen too much of his complete games to make an assessment. Long term I think EDM did well on this trade for various reasons. Larsson is a good character player and leader, and will help develop along with the other new parts of the EDM team like RNH, McDavid, Draisatl, Puuljarvi. While he isn't the second coming of Niclas
  5. It is blatantly obvious that the formula Edmonton has used in the past few years has been clearly ineffective in getting that team to be successful. I'm sure the conundrum presents itself every draft year where EDM has a high pick and basically picks up the most highly rated player in the draft with no regard for their actual team needs. This strategy has caught up with them and I'm sure Chiarelli has to right the ship at some point. I wouldn't be surprised if Chiarelli is working on a deal that would set clear direction on what his team's mission is for the next three to five yea
  6. This is marketed as the "World Cup of Hockey," when in actuality it is a "glamour tournament" hosted by the NHL and the NHLPA, hidden behind the pretenses of a "nation vs nation" duel. I doubt that any of these teams, at least those playing for an actual sovereign nation, will be paraded around the main road of their capital at the conclusion of the tournament if they were to win it all. I admit, it would be nice to see how the "young stars" team fairs against the older lads. I'm sure they will have a chip on their shoulder to knock "big brother" out. What would interest me, howev
  7. I would not immediately dismiss the notion of Kovy returning to the Devils if it were under the right conditions. Remember, we have a new management team here and so things could be started off on a clean slate with Kovy. I think having spent the last three seasons in the KHL, and watching the dominance of Alex Ovechkin has put a fire under Kovy's ass to try to do something "long-lasting" in his career to help salvage a bit of his reputation. Don't be fooled that Kovy probably has seen what Jagr is doing in Florida, and how Jagr at one point played in the KHL and returned to the NHL and
  8. I think the coaching staff has done a very good job at making a rag-tag group of players somewhat competitive for the playoff hunt. As mentioned many times before, this team lacks many necessary ingredients to compete in the playoffs and beyond. One thing that has been fairly consistent, however, is their competitiveness and effort. I will tell you this, however, if the Devils arrive to the playoffs with a relatively full roster, I won't discredit the possibility of them doing some damage. They are a team with a stud goalie, and fairly solid defensive corps captained by Andy Greene, an
  9. I was at the game last night. The effort was there. They went toe to toe with Detroit. Puck pressure was there. In the end, the Devils lack the player that can make something out of nothing. The difference maker player that can create space in a tight checking game. They surely could have benefitted having a player that can break through the neutral zone by himself last night. They were just pathetic getting the puck from their own blue line across the other team's blue line, especially in the last 4 minutes of the game. Dump and chase only goes so far.
  10. Let's be serious here - you think Josh Harris was thinking about calling up St. Benedict's to see if there was a game scheduled? I don't think so. And for that matter, if any of us were rich enough to have a helicopter cart us around the tri-state area, we wouldn't be thinking about calling them up either. Cancelling a game because the field used as a helipad was more important? It may have been a simple dollars and sense decision. I don't know if the U13 league has a permit agreement with SBP, but I'll tell you one thing - whether Harris is leasing the field as a helipad or is a poten
  11. I don't think his interview went down to the level of douche baggery at all. I have met Zac Rinando personally a few times, and while he can be cocky for what he does, he isn't a bad guy.
  12. Brandon Saad or Brandon Dubinsky + 1st rounder or Ryan Johanssen...nothing more, nothing less.
  13. Kadri's on a short leash in Toronto. I could see this going down very quickly. BTW, I DONT want Kadri on this team. But, given our luck, that's what's gonna happen.
  14. You're right. There's nothing that really "motivates" me to watch this group of players other than my love for hockey. My love for hockey doesn't give me any right to spend over $25 bucks to watch this group of glorified minor league forwards.
  15. Our team stinks, and while I generally hope we put in an effort to win - to be competitive - I hope we seriously tank if we can't be a .500 team by the end of ten games. Any good prospects for the 2016 NHL Draft?
  16. Kadri getting on Babcock's nerves already?
  17. Lou was bigger than Blitzer and Harris in NJ, so that is why they needed to push through to another GM. Shero, being directly hired by Harris and Biltzer, would need to follow their line and not vice versa. Conte is very loyal to Lou, so I wouldn't expect to see him airing out dirty laundry to TSN. It would be good, however, to get an open, honest, unfavored review of Lou by someone who may have some critiques about him and has had experience dealing with - maybe someone like Claude Julien or Bobby Holik.
  18. Zajac is a good player, but not as dynamic of a player to be the centerpiece of any team. He, right now, is our 1st line center, and that is a problem. His intangibles (such as playoff clutchness, leadership, low-key demeanor) are very marketable, especially for a place like Toronto that needs low-key, team first mentors. I would look for a player the likes of JVR...he is a solid player, a Jersey kid, that could be a force up front. We would, however, need to replace Zajac at center somehow if this were to go down.
  19. This is a classic case of two potential scenarios: 1st - Chris, out of loyalty to his father, decided to cut ties with the organization. Same thing can be said for the other guys that got the axe. 2nd - Shero is building his team of "trusted confidants" that will tow the line according to the way he wants it towed. No use in having people of the old regime around with different ideas, or better yet, reporting ideas to Lamoriello up in Toronto. Better to cut everyone loose and move one with a new crew...
  20. I would like to see "UNITED AIRLINES" on it's HUB teams, like the Kings/Blackhawks/Devils/Sharks. That would be neat. Or, perhaps Emirates will take over the NHL by storm.
  21. Why does any team need an assistant GM? What exactly does an assistant GM do? Too many chiefs and not enough indians.
  22. This is a classic sign of a man who was "ousted symbolically" and "downgraded" to a lesser position on his own turf and him getting revenge by feeling "wanted" somewhere else and uprooting and going that direction. It's funny that Lou didn't do what he kinda asked Marty to do...go off into the sunset on top. Instead, he is still not calling it quits and this can taint his legacy much like Marty's curtain call was kinda tainted...
  23. Gomez was a very "good sport" last year, but he is a holdover from the Lamoriello regime and hence there are a few good reasons not to retain him. He is in his mid-thirties and looking for a raise. Not a good combination for a player that can't provide much for the overall future of the team. Bernier, I liked. Good heart, played hard. But, he was also gonna look for a raise. Besides, we have several players the "likes" of Bernier, including Ruutu, Zubrus, and Tootoo, so no need for a "fourth redundant option." I would like to see us rid the team of guys the likes of Zubrus and Ruutu,
  24. CBJ seem like a suitable trade partner for us, but really, all I am interested in having from CBJ are the following: 1. Johanssen 2. Wennberg 3. Foligno 4. Dubinsky What is Dubinsky's cap hit? Do you think CBJ would take on Zajac's salary for a straight up swap between Dubinsky and Zajac? Johanssen and Wennberg are pipe dreams for us, so I doubt they're even in discussion. Same goes for Foligno since he just re-signed with CBJ. Dubinsky / Anisimov are probably the guys CBJ want to shop.
  25. Queue in sarcastic golf clap...
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