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Earnest Congratulations To The Devils


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I think each and every player deserves praise for this playoff run, even as it's ending how it is.

Congrats to Zach Parise - if you do leave, please don't go to the Rangers. You'll be set for life wherever you go.

Congrats to Travis Zajac - returning from injury to play a stellar playoffs. Lou, if you miss on Parise, let's get this guy locked up.

Congrats to Ilya Kovalchuk - playing hurt for almost the entire playoffs, he's proven how much he wants to win. Can't wait to see the real Kovalchuk back.

Congrats to Petr Sykora - returning from obscurity to score 20+ goals and contribute some key playoff markers. I suspect your NHL career is over, but you made a much better exit this time.

Congrats to Patrik Elias - he's stuck with the team for so long, he played well even through last year's disaster, and while he hasn't had the best playoffs, he's been an indispensable part of the team.

Congrats to Dainius Zubrus - he won a game in the Cup Finals. He signed here claiming that NJ always had a shot to win, and then they went 4 years without winning a playoff round.

Congrats to Alexei Ponikarovsky - even if he only scored 1 goal during the run, he made some key assists. If he goes, he will be missed.

Congrats to Adam Henrique - a playoff to remember forever. 2 enormous goals, plus a Cup Final game winner. He has got a bright future ahead of him.

Congrats to David Clarkson - he's also made his goals count. I suspect he's been injured all playoffs, but he has really come back from last year's disaster season. He had more assists during these playoffs than he did all last year.

Congrats to Ryan Carter, Stephen Gionta, and Steve Bernier - I mention them as a unit because they played like a unit. Bernier too - he will take tons of heat for what he did in Game 6, maybe so much that he can't come back here, but he's been an excellent find, and I wish him luck if he goes elsewhere.

Congrats to Jacob Josefson - his teammates held up their promise that he would play again this season.

For the defensemen:

Congrats to Andy Greene and Mark Fayne - they played brilliant hockey. The NHL unfortunately has seen how good they are.

Congrats to Bryce Salvador - I didn't think he would ever play again. Not only did he play, he contributed several goals and assists to a Cup Finalist team. I don't think he'll be back, but I hope wherever he goes can get a little more of the Salvador magic.

Congrats to Marek Zidlicky - written off in Minnesota, he proved he's still got plenty of hockey left in him.

Congrats to Anton Volchenkov - the team bailed him out for a rough first round series and he acquitted himself well in future rounds.

Congrats to Peter Harrold - an afterthought before the season, he became a reliable third pairing guy. I hope he gets the NHL contract he deserves.

Congrats to Adam Larsson - you didn't play in the Finals, but hopefully you will soon.

And lastly...

Congrats to Johan Hedberg - you got hung with a loss back in Round 1, but who knows where the Devils end up without your play during the season.

...and Congrats to Martin Brodeur. I doubted you all season long, but you proved that you can still be a great goaltender at crunch time. Amazing play in Game 7 against Florida made this all possible.

We beat the Rangers. We beat the Flyers. We didn't beat the Kings - they were a better team. But still, to come back from where they were in December of 2010 to do this is nothing short of remarkable. It's really, really hard to do this.

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So proud of all of them, no matter how it ended. This will be one of my favorite teams ever.

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In the grand scheme of things, nobody will remember this Devils team except for Devils fans and that's ok with me. Really wonderful season and I had a ton of fun watching them. We'll always remember beating the Rangers.

Right - it's our team to remember, and it's a special year, even if they couldn't quite pull it off.

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Great post, Tri. Summed up all of my feelings pretty well. As much as this hurts, it just reinforces how much I love this team. When we finally do get that fourth Cup, it will feel all the sweeter. I can't wait until July 1st to watch the 2012-13 New Jersey Devils begin to be built.

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I've been mentioning this since the Rangers series. We must have some nagging and, in the case of a few players, severe injuries. This team was playing at about 70% since the start of the Rags series. They beat the healthy Rags and they took the healthy Kings to 6 games(something the top Western Conference teams couldn't do). it is my firm belief that if this team is 100% next season they will be a force to reckon with and will be a cup favorite. I mean this Devils team, if they were 100% by the SCF would have no doubt taken it all.

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I'm just in shock that it's all over. The last two months have been memorable for all of us.

My favorite moment from this cup run besides witnessing the elimination of the Rangers live has to be the day after we eliminated Philly. I drove back from the Philly game that night since I had class in the morning. I walked into the classroom with zero sleep along with a beer stained Devils shirt. My professor asked me why I looked the way I did and I simply replied "because it's the cup."

Thanks for the memories! Maybe next year guys!

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Great team, great season. I can't believe it's over, I would love to keep watching, but all good things must come to an end. Can't wait to see the team again in the Fall, and I wish nothing but the best for the guys who will be at home, or wearing other sweaters.

Great season, thanks for everything guys! What heart!

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very proud of this team. none of us could have seen this coming. didn't end how we wanted but the team truly stepped up when they had to.

looks like we have a coach who'll be with us for a while.

i'm already waiting for the draft and the cba/parise stuff to heat up.

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