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  1. Best news about the Devils this past few months.  Best.  I absolutely adore Chico.  He is a class act, a fan of the game, a fan of the Devils, and a genuinely kind person who gets all elements of the business.   

    Congrats Chico!

  2. 13 hours ago, Daniel said:

    So a supposed behind the scenes look from Wyshyinski:

    https://sports.yahoo.com/news/behind-scenes-ilya-kovalchuk-mess-191858967.html

    According to Ray, he didn't get a bona fide offer from another team.  I have a little trouble believing that, but it does jive with reports that NHL teams were not overly impressed with Kovy's recent body of work in the KHL. 

    If anything I suppose it lends credence to the idea that he was never really serious about coming back this year and used the threat as leverage against the KHL. 

    So anyway, here's to Bettman clarifying the rules come this time next year that Kovy can't come back to the NHL unless the Devils get something in return.

    Article sheds some light.  You know, this kind of process happens all the time in the world of soccer.  Players dictate where they want to go and the contract they are looking for.  The agent negotiates with the "acquiring club" and then goes back and presents a deal to the club that owns the player's rights.  It's not a far fetched notion.

    If Shero really said, "I would do a deal with the Rangers," well, then I have to give him some credit.  I mean, in this day and age, you can't narrow your trade market by citing the rivalry.  Those days are gone.

    Devils and Rangers players go to dinner together on off days, who are we kidding...lol...

    Bottom line, Kovy will come back to the NHL next year, and I predict he will make no more than $4million per....

  3. If someone suggested that Marcus Johansson could have been had for a 2nd and 3rd most people would have laughed their @sses off at that suggestion.  And yet, it happened.

    So, can Trouba be had?  Everything has a price.  Zajac?  Henrique?  Zacha?  Maybe a combination of Henrique/Severson? 

    It's all about addressing the needs each team has.  I think WPG could use some experienced centers - Zajac / Henrique and possibly a "future project" such as Zacha or McLeod...

    If I'm Shero, I'm thinking of making a huge swoop for John Tavares next summer, so maybe jettisoning either Henrique or Zajac may be necessary anyways...

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  4. On 5/13/2017 at 10:32 AM, thecoffeecake said:

    They absolutely do not need an impact player right now. They need pieces that will come together and form the  core of the next competitive team. Kovy won't be that, and we'll waste an asset keeping him here any longer than passed this trade deadline.

    No need for an impact player right now?  Hmmm, I guess Shero didn't get your memo last summer when he sent Lars off to EDM for Taylor Hall? 

    If your argument is we don't need an impact player right now, then I guess Shero should package Kovy with Schneider to get some "future prospects" in return?

    Schneider's window is NOW.  He is not getting younger.  He is an elite goaltender that needs positive team stimulus to win us a championship (along with the right pieces).

    I'm not butt hurt by Kovalchuk bolting to Russia.  We're not in the sports business.  We don't know what transpired behind the scenes, we don't know anything.  Lot's of us treat sports as if it is the same as "building a family" and attach emotion to it.  NEWSFLASH:  Those days are long gone.

    Sports is a business.  So, if Kovy feels wanted and feels that it fits his personal profile, then he will accept and play here.  If Shero feels Kovy can contribute - both on the ice and off the ice, and he comes at a decent price, bye gones are bye gones, and he signs him.

    Personally, I think Kovy is a fantastic player.  Love the excitement he brings to the ice.  He is a competitor and can instantly bring credibility back to our hockey team.  You sign Kovy and a top 4 defenseman this offseason and the Devils instantly make a push for the playoffs.  Book it.

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  5. Honestly, I don't know why Shero would not try his darndest to retain Kovalchuk outright.  He is a top-6 forward right from jump street.  Unless Shero is going to get a player that can make an impact, trading Kovy makes zero sense.  He is a dynamic, flashy, sexy player that can put people into seats - help the team score some goals.   I for sure would consider buying tickets knowing Kovy is on the team.  Forget his personality.  Forget his retirement.  There's more to that then meets the eye.

    Now, I know I'm gonna take a ribbing for saying this -  unless the Devils can trade Kovy and something else to, let's say, Chicago for Patrick Kane, then I'm all for it.  The Devils need a player that can make an impact, and make it now.  Kovy outright can do that on his own, so trading him would require us to get back something of equal or higher value, and preferably not to our direct competition.

     

     

     

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  6. 2 hours ago, fsu1852 said:

    I'm not sure who this Slava Malmud is, but how does he know about Kovy's intentions?

    Sign and trade doesn't yield much for the Devils.  Teams will know that Kovy won't play for the Devils, so they will low-ball us.  Take it or leave it offers.

    Look, if I'm Ray Shero, I'm talking with Kovy to gauge his interest in playing in Newark.  He would instantly give the Devils credibility up front, and is a world-class talent.  He would attract other world class talent to join the Devils as well. 

    I think Kovy and a Top 4 D-Man can bring the Devils to the playoffs next year.  Kovy over Parise all day when it comes to pure talent.  Attitude is a whole other story, but we don't buy tickets for attitude.  (See Odell Beckham Jr.)

     

  7. Shero would be very short sided if he didn't try to get Kovy to come back to NJ.  Kovy is a pure, natural talent and would be worth the price of admission.

    He comes at low risk, high reward.

    In the end, I think what prevents Kovy from coming back is Kovy himself and whether or not he wants to play on a team that is clearly not playoff bound.

     

     

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  8. Honestly, it's become a real sad reality that the only excitement on this team the last few years has been us making deals on deadline day to "stack up on draft picks" just so we can become better in the future.

    And for those of you hoping for a Kyle Quincey deal to make your day, you really need to have a reality check.  What on God's good earth do you think you are going to garner in return for Kyle Quincey?  What?  The guy was a UFA signed by us that no one wanted.  So, let's say we get a 3rd rounder, then what?  When's the last time a 3rd rounder made an impact on this team and get us to the playoffs?

    Corey Schneider / Travis Zajac for a few firsts would be exciting, but other than that, shut the internet down and get back to work.

  9. 9 hours ago, CommonDreads said:

    Protected: F Taylor Hall, F Adam Henrique, F Kyle Palmieri, F Travis Zajac, F Michael Cammalleri, F Beau Bennett, F Reid Boucher, D Andy Greene, D Damon Severson, D Yohann Auvitu, G Cory Schneider

    Notables exposed would be DSP, Josefson, Moore, Lovejoy, Merrill, and Wedgewood. Most of our best prospects like Zacha, Santini, Wood, Quenneville, Blender, and Blackwood would be exempt so we shouldn't have to spend any protected spots on people not currently on our NHL roster

    Protect Beau Bennett and expose DSP?  Reid Boucher...?  I would make every forward available except for Henrique, Hall, Zajac, Palmieri.  On defense, expose everyone except Severson, Greene, Auvitu, Lovejoy...and if you can, bring back ILYA KOVALCHUK! ;-)

  10. WINNING is the biggest cure-all for success.  Accompanied with a strategic, and non-overpowering marketing strategy, the Devils could be very successful financially.  But without putting forth a successful team on the ice, no initiative in the world can be of any help, especially in an area where you can jump on and off a bandwagon in a hurry.

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