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  1. 8 minutes ago, mfitz804 said:

    Well, Sam St. Laurent and Hannu Kamppuri are still not possible to find. 

    Then I decided to add a half dozen guys who dressed but never left the bench. I got two of those, and still have 4 to go. 

    Feels like I will never be 100% complete, but I'm already closer than I expected. So I keep looking.

    Honestly, its kind of fun to have something you're searching for. There were a couple that I put a lot of effort in on and it was rewarding when I was finally successful. 

    On top of that, it takes me away from jersey collecting a bit, which is both more expensive and for the most part, more readily available. 

    I am going to have some time on my hands in the evenings later this week, so I may try to deep-dive a bit more. 

     Nice attitude. Good qualities.  

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  2. 1 minute ago, mfitz804 said:

    We shall see. Barring Bernier being unable to return from injury, I can't see them moving both. 

    I think that Bernier is done, it is his hip, he is 34, he does have $4.5 M to fight for. Blackwood IMO has a chronic heel problem that could use some more rest; he was forced to play on it last season, probably when he should have been off it. Heels take time to get better, my experience, that's all. 

    Sorry I haven't been following, how your puck/goalie project are coming along, how is that going?

    Have a nice day. 


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  3. 23 hours ago, mfitz804 said:


    It’s irrelevant, the question was whether Panarin would walk away from his contract,  the simple fact is that Kovy walked away from more. Whether bad or good for the team, whether they colluded together to get the best result, he still walked away from a sh!t ton of money, and I believe more than Panarin would be. 

    I agree with you. I personally think they did collud for the best results for everyone. Ít was a ton of money. I just want two sound, fit, goalies for the Devils in the 2022/23 season. I am not counting on Blackwood or Bernier to be in the mix.




  4. In my opinion, the team can't jump around. It has three fundamental problems. Goal tending, improving the defense and then scoring. They must nail one foot to the floor, which is goal tending. Then adding one at least experience, Defenseman, and if it were me, I can't risk going any further with Severson so he goes and gets replaced with someone with experience. So that is two experience defensemen at a minimum. Then they need to get some scoring wingers for Nico and Hughes.  Will these changes make them a team that can make the playoff? NO because they need to replace the coaching staff. That has started but Ruff has to go as well. I don't think that is in Fitz's program, I see him keeping Ruff and hoping he can get a better assistant coach and another offensive coach. While that might be a bandaid, the head coach calls the shots. Rough works well with kids. Kids don't make the playoffs. Just my two cents. If they don't make the playoffs this coming season, then Fitz is done along with the idea of them making the playoffs anytime soon. The owners have been spoiled with attendees while putting crap on the ice. 

  5. 6 hours ago, Devil Dan 56 said:

    Team friendly would be great if he’s staying on the second pairing and getting some kind of help. His offense has been great. He needs help with his decision making for sure but he’s not the kind of player you can just replace. 

    My worry about him though has been that he’s a prime candidate to get huge offers as a UFA. I’m not sure how team friendly his contract could be if his agent gets him to the open market 

    I believe he has another year with the Devils. Right-hand shot defensemen are hard to come by. Severson helps with the offense, but he tends to make bad decisions. That is why he is a toss up for me. I have never heard that he said he wanted to remain a Devil. I suspect he will want max money, why not, he knows he is always a risk to be traded. I would trade him. I'll take good defense over his production on offense. The Devils need goaltending and defense first. Then they need some scorers. Just because they have 4 20-goal scorers, you must consider scoring is up this season. 

  6. 12 hours ago, Nicomo said:

    We (I’m a Bengals fan) did the exact same thing to them in week 17. The Chiefs only scored 3 points in the 2nd half of both our matchups with them this season. Major credit has to go to the coaches for making proper halftime adjustments to shut them down. We were only rushing 3 and dropping 8 into coverage for much of the 2nd half. We had a couple coverage sacks late in the game where Mahomes literally had an eternity before our pass rush got to him, but the DB’s did a great job on Tyreek Hill, Kelce, and the rest of the Chiefs playmakers. 

    It has been a long time for Bengal fans. I wish you and them good luck. I would rather see an AFC team win than NFC. Go Bengals. BTW, I never mention the great job the Bengals did in the second half to shut down the KC Offense. Congrats to the Bengals half time defense adjustment. 

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  7. 3 hours ago, MadDog2020 said:

    A guy hit a parlay yesterday where he picked both winners and the exact scores. Won $529,000 on a $20 bet!

    I heard that, great for him. I wasn't even close. I picked KC and the 49ers. Dropped footballs on offense and defense interceptions cost the 49ers. KC offense disappeared right at the start of the second half and stay like that for the 2nd half. Why I have zero ideas, total surprise. I thought for a while it was overconfidence at the beginning of the 2nd half, but after one series of down, it kept repeating. 

    I won't make a living or supplement my retirement betting on sports. Too emotionally attached to a team. I have been a Patriots fan for 62 years, an original season ticket holder, I will stay the same until my death. I am a Boston fan for all the sports. With hockey, I adopted the NJ Devils when I became a season ticket holder in 1993 because I was living here. I did root for the Giants before we had a football team in the Boston area. Sports are so great IMO and frustrating at times like the Devils have been since Lou Lams stepped down as the boss.  

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  8. I am so glad I am not a football sports better. Out of the last 6 games, the championship games and the round before it the only one I got right was KC beating Buffalo. That is 1 correct out of 6. 

    I follow football, shows what I know. 

  9. 22 hours ago, Jerrydevil said:

    Do you think better coaching would have the team closer than 15 points from the last playoff spot? I do. I'm not talking about competing for a Cup, I'm talking about being competitive -- period. There's enough talent to play better defense in front of our goaltender. Then again, maybe the goaltending situation is too much to overcome.

    Should we try to add a better goalie and bring back the coaching staff next year and give them another whack at it?

    Personally, I think they need a better goalie and a new coaching staff, a complete change of coaches plus better players to make the playoffs not win the Cup just make the playoffs. 

  10. 22 hours ago, Jerrydevil said:

    We need more talent but I believe it's possible that a different coach could get more out of the current group.

    Sorry you can't make chicken salad out of chicken sh!t. I  don't care who the chef(coach) is. 


  11. 2 hours ago, Jerrydevil said:

    It's an issue but a sniper is not going to fix this team's defensive and goaltending warts. The Devils on many nights are not a hard team to play against. That's a coaching issue.


    And player issue. 

  12. On 10/12/2021 at 4:22 PM, mfitz804 said:

    Anyone have balls enough to try to call Chad Erickson on the phone? I found a telephone number but I'm too chickensh!t to call it. 

    You know what you want; you know this game. Only you can make this call. What's the big deal? It's not like someone will come after you and kill you. Go for it. Take one for the team (you are the team). We are along for the ride. What do you think? I will make the call if you won't, but I will sound like a joke saying I am calling for a collector who is too afraid to call. 

  13. 2 hours ago, MB3 said:

    horseshoes and hand granades, my man. 

    That was the 8 seed that the Devils are chasing. They're now 5 points behind them and the Bruins have FIVE games in hand. When you're on the out-out-outside looking in, no such thing as moral victories.

    I understand your point, it didn't come as a surprise to me. I realize that the Devils are a losing team and won't make the playoffs again in a league that almost 50% of the teams make them and they probably will miss again next season. So that being the case without moral victories why bother to even watch this team. There are so many other talented teams to follow that will continue onto the playoffs. 

    I chose to watch them if for only moral victories, they played well in a difficult situation. Let's give then credit for that. 

  14. Maybe instead of an Olympic break, the NHL needs to take a COVID break. Get these players and teams well and then restart after some practice to get ready again. There is some terrible hockey being played everywhere in the NHL due to sickness.

    This is not to say that the Devils will become the 8th seed in the playoffs after some rest and wellness time. You can't make good chicken salad out of chicken sh!t. The Devils have demonstrated over the past few years that this is true. 

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  15. 6 hours ago, Nicomo said:

    People can keep trying to defer to a lack of talent, but the fact is special teams have sunk this season once again. And there’s plenty of talent on a PP with Jack Hughes, Jesper Bratt, Dawson Mercer, Pavel Zacha, and Dougie Hamilton. It’s clear as day where the problem stems from. 

    And the PK is even less reliant on needing top tier players. It’s much more about the systems being implemented, and how badly they’re not working. It’s literally the coaches job to correct that. 

    I will accept your point but there isn't enough talented players on the Devils to consistently win as well.

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