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Another one of my favorite goals from that 2003 cup run.  Totally froze the future playoff MVP:

 

 

10 minutes ago, Colorado Rockies 1976 said:

That was Elias' second game back (2 goals and 2 assists).  He really came out flying...4 goals and 12 assists in his first 10 games back in the lineup in 05-06.

sh!t, well I was close :lol:

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Awesome post dr33.  Welcome back.

You did a nice job fleshing out what I alluded to before...that his team clearly didn't always do right by him.  I remember in 2009, he was asked to drag along Zubrus (who for some reason always got treated as being capable of providing more offense than he really could) and Brian "Logo-seeker" Gionta (who was seeing his goal-scoring decline yearly after that fluke 48-goal season).  Somehow, through the season's first 30 games or so, that line was actually producing...Gio was at about a point-per-game, and Zubrus had 19 points after his first 26 GP...but of course, it was only a matter of time before Gio and Zubrus fell back to Earth...leading Elias to somehow stubbornly (similar to the 2003-04 season) find a way to remain productive. 

I LOVE the fact that Elias seems to have made peace with all of that, and is focusing so much on the positives of his Devils career.  A different player might bring up some of the mistakes his franchise made...sounds crazy in that Elias was a part of teams that made the playoffs for the large majority of his career, and he did play in four SCFs, but the fact that everyone wonders what his numbers could have been elsewhere shows that, now more than ever, there's a lot of "What if?" with Elias.  And I give him a lot of credit for not really delving into that, and him just saying that he was proud to have been a Devil his entire career, with no hard feelings about anything at all.  He's truly as classy as it gets.

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14 minutes ago, MadDog2020 said:

I agree with Hynes, I think Patty would be a great coach, with how smart a player he was. I could see him as a GM possibly one day too. http://www.northjersey.com/story/sports/nhl/devils/fireandice/2017/04/03/hynes-believes-elias-would-make-good-coach/99974286/

 

 

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Will he still wear his oddly colored, super skinny tailored suits?

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45 minutes ago, andy said:

Anyone who played NHL 98-00 remember how the announcer pronounced Elias?  Used to sound like Elios pizza.  

You mean like how John MacLean still says it?

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for those that don't follow normally, it's worth a listen to Devils Tailgate Podcast from this morning and their interview w/ Elias. Some interesting tidbits.

There's some good honesty there - especially about Lou and how they didn't always see eye to eye.

Some nice talk about his experience pre-draft and at the draft.

He gives shout outs to players from early in his career that were important to him - Brad Bombadir, Chris McAlpine.

Talks about Brendan Morrison and what a good friend - to this day - that he is.

if you don't follow @devilsinsiders on twitter, it's certainly worth it and i would encourage the podcasts as well.

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8 minutes ago, sundstrom said:

for those that don't follow normally, it's worth a listen to Devils Tailgate Podcast from this morning and their interview w/ Elias. Some interesting tidbits.

There's some good honesty there - especially about Lou and how they didn't always see eye to eye.

Some nice talk about his experience pre-draft and at the draft.

He gives shout outs to players from early in his career that were important to him - Brad Bombadir, Chris McAlpine.

Talks about Brendan Morrison and what a good friend - to this day - that he is.

if you don't follow @devilsinsiders on twitter, it's certainly worth it and i would encourage the podcasts as well.

I'll always consider him one of the ones who got away. Not that we didn't get back value, and I think you have to make that trade if its available. But he went on to have a pretty nice career and we got a guy that was gone after one season. 

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I'll always consider him one of the ones who got away. Not that we didn't get back value, and I think you have to make that trade if its available. But he went on to have a pretty nice career and we got a guy that was gone after one season. 

True- but we won a Cup and got to the Finals with Mogilny before he left- hard to regret that deal too much. Although you're right, Morrison went on to a nice career with Vancouver.


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2 hours ago, MadDog2020 said:


True- but we won a Cup and got to the Finals with Mogilny before he left- hard to regret that deal too much. Although you're right, Morrison went on to a nice career with Vancouver.

Right, you had to make that trade without question. I would have done it every time, its not like I am saying its a bad trade, it wasn't. It was a very good trade. 

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2 minutes ago, mfitz804 said:

Right, you had to make that trade without question. I would have done it every time, its not like I am saying its a bad trade, it wasn't. It was a very good trade. 

Also remember that Morrison didn't want to be a Devil at that point.  He had demanded a trade. 

Morrison was a nice player who had a pretty good career, but not someone I regret the Devils losing too much...especially since he didn't want to be here.

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55 minutes ago, Colorado Rockies 1976 said:

Also remember that Morrison didn't want to be a Devil at that point.  He had demanded a trade. 

Morrison was a nice player who had a pretty good career, but not someone I regret the Devils losing too much...especially since he didn't want to be here.

If we got rid of every guy who didn't want to be a Devil over the years...

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33 minutes ago, mfitz804 said:

If we got rid of every guy who didn't want to be a Devil over the years...

Oh sure, some guys can be temporarily disgruntled and get back on board in time (Marty was one of them...after he signed with the Devils in 1995 after a very difficult negotiation process, he said he would never sign another contract to stay with the Devils...we know how that turned out).  Morrison didn't strike me as being of the "I was pissed but now I'm OK"-type though, as far as how he felt about Lou goes. 

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4 minutes ago, Colorado Rockies 1976 said:

Oh sure, some guys can be temporarily disgruntled and get back on board in time (Marty was one of them...after he signed with the Devils in 1995 after a very difficult negotiation process, he said he would never sign another contract to stay with the Devils...we know how that turned out).  Morrison didn't strike me as being of the "I was pissed but now I'm OK"-type though, as far as how he felt about Lou goes. 

Didn't Stevens sign an offer sheet with the Blues that was matched or he was discussing contract terms with the Blues around the 1995/96 timeframe?

While Morrison was a solid player, I wonder how much his stats was padded being on the same line as in their primes Naslund and Bertuzzi.

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15 minutes ago, DevsMan84 said:

Didn't Stevens sign an offer sheet with the Blues that was matched or he was discussing contract terms with the Blues around the 1995/96 timeframe?

While Morrison was a solid player, I wonder how much his stats was padded being on the same line as in their primes Naslund and Bertuzzi.

Yeah, Stevens signed an offer sheet in 1994 with the Blues, and Lou (a little begrudgingly) matched it.  Blues later got busted for tampering with Stevens, as a result of events that preceded the offer sheet:

http://www.nytimes.com/1999/01/05/sports/hockey-devils-get-1.4-million-and-draft-pick-in-tampering-case.html 

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6 minutes ago, Colorado Rockies 1976 said:

Yeah, Stevens signed an offer sheet in 1994 with the Blues, and Lou (a little begrudgingly) matched it.  Blues later got busted for tampering with Stevens, as a result of events that preceded the offer sheet:

http://www.nytimes.com/1999/01/05/sports/hockey-devils-get-1.4-million-and-draft-pick-in-tampering-case.html 

Thanks for the article and interesting how that all unfolded.  I agree with Lou that the penalty was definitely not severe enough for something of this nature, but I think the fact that by the time the ruling came down from the league there was different ownership/management by the Blues had something to do with it.

I am surprised that Lou did not banish Stevens to Siberia or trade him away the instant he found concrete evidence about this tampering.  For that to work both parties (Blues and Stevens) had to have colluded together prior to him being a RFA.  Was it ever clarified why Lou just continued on or maybe perhaps Lou figured it was Stevens' agent and not Scott himself?

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