Colorado Rockies 1976 Posted November 11, 2014 Share Posted November 11, 2014 Early in the season, our record is better than it was last year, no more Marty, just bench Salvador, blah, blah, blah. It's over fancy stat people. It's a very, very bad team. Old forwards, bad defenseman, a hugely disappointing goalie who was supposed to be the answer to all of our problems, but maybe shows that you can't plug and play save percentage, and obviously Stevens as defensive coach was not the problem. Trade Jagr and Zidlicky as soon as you think we can get the maximum value for them. Just tank, and hope for one of those top two picks. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk The bolded is the one thing you're continually off-base on. What are you saying...that if Marty was still here, the results would have been the same? Look, on some of your other points, I understand...what's scary with this group is that it's not like it's chock full of young kids who are experiencing growing pains...there's a lot of declining vets who are probably only going to get worse. It hurts not having Henrique and Havlat right now (I can't really say not having Clowe is hurting the team), and the team probably isn't as bad as they've looked over their last four, but how much better can the Devils be expected to play? Re: Cory...I'm sorry, but to judge him based on a 15-game sample is absurd. He's 28 years old and has a track record of terrific puck-stopping. I'll give you that he might not be a strong "bad team" goalie, but the idea was to put a good team in front of him, so unless the plan is to put 8 years' worth of bad teams in front of him, I'm not going to worry about him. With the way the Devils are currently playing, I think a lot of goalies would have a tough time succeeding on this team. I'm not saying Cory is entirely blameless, but it's fair to remember that he's likely still adjusting to a new role (undisputed #1), and that almost EVERY goalie has their valleys. Lundqvist is a terrific goalie, but I can find you lots of months in his game logs that were very "meh"-worthy. As far as a "blow-up" goes...I'd be lying if I said I didn't consider that option at times, but there's cards you can still play this season before you go that route, and other considerations to take into account. First off, if you start clearing out the underperforming vets (and trust me, there are some I'd love to see go), who from Albany are you replacing them with? There's not much down there. Paul Thompson is a AAAA-type...he's almost 26 and is feasting off a high shooting%. Timmins and Whitney are also in their mid-20s...basically, there's not much that's going to help you at the NHL level. Wanna bring up Boucher and Matteau, fine...but you've already seen what Boucher is at this point...he doesn't look like he's ready. Lou has some time on his side before he'd need to consider taking a wrecking ball to this team, and let's face it, GMs are rarely going to be as knee-jerk as fans are. You still have the "fire the coach" option...I'm not sure how much of a difference that would make, but this is a classic case of "can't fire the players", and PDB's results (whether they're all his fault or not) aren't so eye-friendly that he should be considered to be an untouchable. If that doesn't work (and it probably won't long-term), then Lou can start dealing off the guys who won't be here anyway beyond the end of this season (Ryder, Zids, Jagr, etc.). The one thing I think we need to see soon, before anything else, is some accountability. I understand why Sal has gotten into this many games (salary, which unfortunately will always play into these decisions, and the hope that he'll get it going), but it's enough. Want to give him tonight too, fvck it, might as well I guess...but if there's continued suckage, then the guy has to be a healthy scratch...I just don't know how long you can keep going with him...he's not just bad, he is costing his team games...he's obviously not alone, but something's gotta give. I don't want to hear about his skill-set (which is diminished to the point of non-existence) anymore. I think Zids could use a night or two in street clothes too, but obviously there's only so many guys that can be scratched (especially with Merrill out), and it's not like there's a bevy of defensemen waiting to come up from Albany...those guys are already here. I don't know enough about Hrabarenka or Helgeson or the current crop of Albany defensemen to know if calling them up makes sense...not going to pretend that I do. So it's probably going to be Harrold who gets the first call-up...been there, done that, though I'd take a steaming pile of fly-infested dung over Salvador at this point (though it'd be hard to tell the difference). Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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