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6 minutes ago, mfitz804 said:

If we miss out on Dougie and the fill-in is Will Butcher, I am going to be displeased. 

If the Devils miss out on Dougie, I'm simply going to give up on the idea that the Devils can ever shop anywhere above the mid-tier aisle, as far as UFA goes.  I'll also resign myself to the fact that they'll have to build it almost entirely from within, and occasionally trade whatever surplus of youth they have for an existing contact (a player that doesn't have the Devils on his no-trade list of course) .  Not that it can't be done...just that it will suck knowing that occasionally a perfect high-profile final-piece kind of player won't show much interest in coming to NJ...unless it's to drive up an offer from a team he really wants to play for.   

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1 minute ago, Colorado Rockies 1976 said:

If the Devils miss out on Dougie, I'm simply going to give up on the idea that the Devils can ever shop anywhere above the mid-tier aisle, as far as UFA.  I'll also resign myself to the fact that they'll have to build it almost entirely from within, and occasionally trade whatever surplus of youth they have for an existing contact (a player that doesn't have the Devils on his no-trade list of course) .  Not that it can't be done...just that it will suck knowing that occasionally a perfect high-profile final-piece kind of player won't show much interest in coming to NJ...unless it's to drive up an offer from a team he really wants to play for.   

I'm starting to fear that we are being used for leverage. 

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5 minutes ago, Devil Dan 56 said:

I'm starting to fear that we are being used for leverage. 

Thought has crossed my mind, but usually you hear about such things, especially who the other team(s) might be.  Haven't heard a peep about that so far.  

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I would be more paranoid about the whole leverage thing if there was someone, ANYone else out there rumored with Hamilton in the last week or so apart from Carolina and their lowball sh!t.

 

Hell some teams that might have been rumored before today spent themselves out of offering the money it would take.  Both sides have a lot to lose if this blows up.  This kinda does smell like Carlos Beltran trying to beg the Yankees to beat the Mets offer at the last minute though even that was pretty well known at the time, in this case show me evidence of someone actually BEING that other team he 'really' wants to go to before I get sky is falling fatalistic.

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6 minutes ago, Colorado Rockies 1976 said:

If the Devils miss out on Dougie, I'm simply going to give up on the idea that the Devils can ever shop anywhere above the mid-tier aisle, as far as UFA goes.  I'll also resign myself to the fact that they'll have to build it almost entirely from within, and occasionally trade whatever surplus of youth they have for an existing contact (a player that doesn't have the Devils on his no-trade list of course) .  Not that it can't be done...just that it will suck knowing that occasionally a perfect high-profile final-piece kind of player won't show much interest in coming to NJ...unless it's to drive up an offer from a team he really wants to play for.   

I'm not going there yet. The Devils will sign him, there are a lot of things to discuss in a SEVEN year contract. I don't think there are many other suitors at the figure the Devils are offering. Carolina basically can't afford him anymore at $9m; they still have several positions to fill including re-signing Svechnikov. I think he's ours, and we'll get something today. 

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Just now, mikemarc1 said:

Latest update from TSN “All quiet on the Dougie Hamilton front” 

 

ugh 

Quiet is better than "talks have collapsed" I suppose.

But yeah it sounded like this was a slam dunk earlier today.

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2 minutes ago, Devilsfan118 said:

Quiet is better than "talks have collapsed" I suppose.

But yeah it sounded like this was a slam dunk earlier today.

I feel like it’s been a slam dunk according to Dregs for a week to 10 days

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Some word vomit but I’ll try to summarize how I feel right now.

It feels like a Devils playoff game. Maybe a game-7. Something that we’ve been thinking of for ages and talking about for ages. And it feels like the Devils jumped out to a psychotic 5-0 lead in the first period. Celebrating, grinning from ear to ear, ready to pop champagne. 

Now it feels like 5-2 at the end of the first intermission. Still feeling confident. Still thinking it’ll happen. Still anticipating good results. But sorta thinking “man. if they lose NOW? it’ll be something that haunts the franchise and haunts us fans forever.” 

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1 minute ago, MB3 said:

Some word vomit but I’ll try to summarize how I feel right now.

It feels like a Devils playoff game. Maybe a game-7. Something that we’ve been thinking of for ages and talking about for ages. And it feels like the Devils jumped out to a psychotic 5-0 lead in the first period. Celebrating, grinning from ear to ear, ready to pop champagne. 

Now it feels like 5-2 at the end of the first intermission. Still feeling confident. Still thinking it’ll happen. Still anticipating good results. But sorta thinking “man. if they lose NOW? it’ll be something that haunts the franchise and haunts us fans forever.” 

I feel it like this is 5-3 now and we are goin into PK situation.

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10 minutes ago, MB3 said:

I'm not going there yet. The Devils will sign him, there are a lot of things to discuss in a SEVEN year contract. I don't think there are many other suitors at the figure the Devils are offering. Carolina basically can't afford him anymore at $9m; they still have several positions to fill including re-signing Svechnikov. I think he's ours, and we'll get something today. 

The first word of my post was "If"...I definitely want to believe that this is still going to get done in the end.  Part of the reason is like you and I and others have noted, we haven't heard of some dark-horse suitor with money to spend jumping in.  I do think Carolina has absolutely turned the page on him...they traded for Bear and signed DeAngelo (not like either one was for big, cap-killing money though).  They've signed a couple of goalies too...does seem like they had a price in mind for Hamilton that they weren't willing to exceed.

We've seen other long-term signings go off without a hitch...I'm not sure exactly WHAT'S up, but sure seems like there's some snags here.    

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And, I mean, look -- Hyman to the Oilers was a done deal on... sunday? Saturday? 

It just got announced 45 minutes ago. I'm still confident.

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I will say, no fvcking wonder people in Canada think that they're the only hockey teams in the league. This TSN coverage hasn't acknowledged the existence of a non-canadian team except for saying "oh yea point just re-signed with tampa" yet. I get it, you play to your audience, but man I can't imagine watching MLB Tonight and them forgetting to mention that the Blue Jays exist lol. 

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11 minutes ago, MB3 said:

Some word vomit but I’ll try to summarize how I feel right now.

It feels like a Devils playoff game. Maybe a game-7. Something that we’ve been thinking of for ages and talking about for ages. And it feels like the Devils jumped out to a psychotic 5-0 lead in the first period. Celebrating, grinning from ear to ear, ready to pop champagne. 

Now it feels like 5-2 at the end of the first intermission. Still feeling confident. Still thinking it’ll happen. Still anticipating good results. But sorta thinking “man. if they lose NOW? it’ll be something that haunts the franchise and haunts us fans forever.” 

How i feel right now is precisely like when we played game 7 against the hurricane...

When Kypreos reported the signing. I felt like when we took the lead 3-2.

All those new reports kind of keel like when they tied the game late in the 3rd. Bummed but there's still a chance, lets keep on waiting.

I'm just hoping we don't get the Staal winning goal metaphorically.

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1 minute ago, SterioDesign said:

How i feel right now is precisely like when we played game 7 against the hurricane...

When Kypreos reported the signing. I felt like when we took the lead 3-2.

All those new reports kind of keel like when they tied the game late in the 3rd. Bummed but there's still a chance, lets keep on waiting.

I'm just hoping we don't get the Staal winning goal metaphorically.

And I was at that fvcking game, just glad no one was sitting in front of me.  Nope, did not hang around for the handshakes

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1 minute ago, mikemarc1 said:

It’s Eklund…but

 

Eklund is not a source and (at least a while ago) was a bannable offense lmao even being posted.

Just now, ajsgolf said:

And I was at that fvcking game, just glad no one was sitting in front of me.  Nope, did not hang around for the handshakes

I was in 230 row 2 seat 7 and i broke my hand on the column outside of the section.

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3 minutes ago, DevsMan84 said:

They're going to have him come out in a Ric Flair outfit and have the fans do a collective Woo

Lol just like the dude he is replacing.  

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2 minutes ago, MB3 said:

Eklund is not a source and (at least a while ago) was a bannable offense lmao even being posted.

I was in 230 row 2 seat 7 and i broke my hand on the column outside of the section.

Ok you win, but if there was a column in front we may have visited the same doctor

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Just now, mfitz804 said:

Lol just like the dude he is replacing.  

The Ric Flair stuff should have died the day Hall was traded. 

4 minutes ago, MB3 said:

Eklund is not a source and (at least a while ago) was a bannable offense lmao even being posted.

I was in 230 row 2 seat 7 and i broke my hand on the column outside of the section.

Should have sued the team for pain and suffering, might have even won the lawsuit 

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