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23 hours ago, Rob_Ottawa said:

I certainly don't want a bs league like the NBA where players dictate where they play though .

I don't know the ins and outs of the NBA, but I agree that without a cap, you need to give teams greater control of players.

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13 hours ago, SterioDesign said:

You guys do realize what the Rangers could look like with out the cap now right? 

I miss the days when they would outspend everyone and still suck. After they won the Cup -- actually in the years after they signed Gretzky -- it was one bad signing after another in the late 90s and early 2000s. Glorious.

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9 hours ago, Devilsfan118 said:

Seeing a game in Vegas is on my bucket list, what an environment.

 

It looks absolutely insane

 

8 hours ago, MadDog2020 said:

Me too. Looks like a lot of fun.

Make sure you get there early, the pregame hype-up stuff was awesome. And after, the post-game party in the plaza was also insane.

My biggest gripe was the meh choices for food and stuff, but that was also only their second month of their first season when i went.

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he should relax a little bit, without injuries he wouldn't even be in the lineup. But point taken at the same time. Not going to do sh!t with a team predominantly in diapers.

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17 minutes ago, titans04 said:

he should relax a little bit, without injuries he wouldn't even be in the lineup. But point taken at the same time. Not going to do sh!t with a team predominantly in diapers.

He's not wrong. These are 2 teams in 2 very different places and his time here was done. The structure comment was interesting, but he's very used to the Lou structure 

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22 minutes ago, titans04 said:

he should relax a little bit, without injuries he wouldn't even be in the lineup. But point taken at the same time. Not going to do sh!t with a team predominantly in diapers.

I don't have a problem with anything he's saying...he's just being honest.  It'd be easy to say that he might be taking a jab at the Devils' coaching staff with the "structure" comment, but yeah, I'm sure for a guy like Travis, there was SO much youth on the team that he probably felt more and more like an outsider...at this point in his career, being on a solid vet team where most of the players already know who they are and what they each bring has gotta be his best-case scenario (assuming he actually gets into the lineup).  Gotta be fun for him to be in the second round of the playoffs too...it's only been nine years since he was there last.

More and more it's becoming clear that neither Palms nor Zajac are coming back here, and that's fine.  Palms did all that really could have been expected of him in his first five seasons with the Devils, and now he's finding the net in the playoffs, but who knows if he's on the decline (or soon to be, after showing possible signs of it this past season).  And Zajac certainly isn't getting any younger.  I liked both players a lot and there was sadness in seeing them both go, but at the same time, it seems both were growing tired of the losing.  And more and more it feels like change wasn't such a bad thing...especially if it had reached the point where Travis felt like he no longer fit in. 

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4 minutes ago, Devil Dan 56 said:

He's not wrong. These are 2 teams in 2 very different places and his time here was done. The structure comment was interesting, but he's very used to the Lou structure 

He's a little older than Chico was when he was traded from the Isles to the Rockies (he was wrapping up his Age 32 season at the time), but I think it gets to a point when you're an aging player like Travis, you either decide you either want guaranteed playing time on a meh/bad team (Chico appeared in more games per season with the Rockies/Devils than he ever did with the Isles), or you're willing to sacrifice some to play for a potential winner.  Chico decided he was going to try to be a positive role model for the kids, even though he knew going into every one of his Devils seasons that his teams had no shot to win; and even if the team in front of him was lousy, he at least knew he was going to play a hell of a lot.  I think Travis could have done the same if he wanted to, been that guy to try to keep his young teammates' spirits up during those brutal losing streaks and knowing that he was going to get his minutes no matter what, but I think he'd finally just had enough losing, and didn't see it ending soon enough.  I'm guessing if he's not back with the Isles, he'll try to catch on with teams who really have a legit chance...of course, Option #2 is sign with a loser and then get moved at the deadline...but I get the feeling he's finished with playing on bad or rebuilding teams.  I think he'll accept being an occasional scratch or not always being guaranteed to have a spot in his team's lineup, if it means he has a shot to win.  

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it only cements for me the fact that he chose not to stay in NJ. The fact that he is pointing out the obvious reason why is of no moment. 

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That review on the 5th Vegas goal is my biggest issue with these reviews. They spend 3-5 mins reviewing if the puck crossed the line and if its a good goal, call it a goal and then Colorado challenges for goaltender interference and they spend another 3-5 mins reviewing it. Just call it a goal or not and stop wasting everyone's time ffs. 

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4 hours ago, mfitz804 said:

it only cements for me the fact that he chose not to stay in NJ. The fact that he is pointing out the obvious reason why is of no moment. 

How did he choose not to stay in NJ?  He got traded.  It's not like he was a free agent, had a choice to sign here, and said "Peace out, I'm going elsewhere".

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12 minutes ago, NJDfan1711 said:

How did he choose not to stay in NJ?  He got traded.  It's not like he was a free agent, had a choice to sign here, and said "Peace out, I'm going elsewhere".

He had a no trade clause, he couldn’t be traded without wanting to. 

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11 minutes ago, NJDfan1711 said:

How did he choose not to stay in NJ?  He got traded.  It's not like he was a free agent, had a choice to sign here, and said "Peace out, I'm going elsewhere".

According to Fitz, Zajac came to them and said he would like to be traded to a contender. They already knew Lou had been interested last year but Zajac wouldn't wave his no trade. 

I don't think Zajac said anything wrong or crazy though. The Devils are a ways off from being where the Isles are at the moment. He didn't fit anymore and he was aware of it

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I don't blame him at all. Chance at getting a spot on a team going on a playoff run? In the twilight of your career? With 2 of your former teammates, and your former GM? While also helping your former team pick up a few picks? No-brainer. I waive that NTC in a heartbeat. 

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17 minutes ago, Devil Dan 56 said:

According to Fitz, Zajac came to them and said he would like to be traded to a contender. They already knew Lou had been interested last year but Zajac wouldn't wave his no trade. 

I don't think Zajac said anything wrong or crazy though. The Devils are a ways off from being where the Isles are at the moment. He didn't fit anymore and he was aware of it

I didn’t mean to imply he did something wrong, he did what he had to do. I hold no ill will. But it’s further evidence of his decision and why it was made. 

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17 minutes ago, RunninWithTheDevil said:

I don't blame him at all. Chance at getting a spot on a team going on a playoff run? In the twilight of your career? With 2 of your former teammates, and your former GM? While also helping your former team pick up a few picks? No-brainer. I waive that NTC in a heartbeat. 

I’m sure helping the Devils was not part of his thought process, but he could’ve had that chance last year and (reportedly) said no, so it’s interesting to hear part of his thought process re: saying yes this year. 

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30 minutes ago, mfitz804 said:

I’m sure helping the Devils was not part of his thought process, but he could’ve had that chance last year and (reportedly) said no, so it’s interesting to hear part of his thought process re: saying yes this year. 

I believe the major thing for him to me was not wanting to be away from his family/house for 1.5 years, lot easier to only have to drive/stay on Long Island for a few months this year and worst case scenario if you hate it you can try to sign back with the Devils next year.

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Canadiens are on a roll!  It will be interesting to see how they do when they get out of the North.  Are they peaking at just the right time or is the North really this bad?  Probably a bit of both.   

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Just now, Satans Hockey said:

I believe the major thing for him to me was not wanting to be away from his family/house for 1.5 years, lot easier to only have to drive/stay on Long Island for a few months this year and worst case scenario if you hate it you can try to sign back with the Devils next year.

Maybe. Don’t really know. But we do know he acknowledged there was no place for him in the new system, which is clearly correct. 

If he signs back here in the offseason, then that quote was full of sh!t. 

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Just now, Lateralous said:

Canadiens are on a roll!  It will be interesting to see how they do when they get out of the North.  Are they peaking at just the right time or is the North really this bad?  Probably a bit of both.   

Zacha being successful is to mfitz getting triggered as the Canadiens winning is to ______ getting triggered. 

Fill in the blank lol. 

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2 minutes ago, Lateralous said:

Canadiens are on a roll!  It will be interesting to see how they do when they get out of the North.  Are they peaking at just the right time or is the North really this bad?  Probably a bit of both.   

I have a friend who is a Canadiens fan and even in his most optimistic imagination he didn't expect this. I think they might suffer from "just happy to be here" if they move on

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3 minutes ago, Devil Dan 56 said:

I have a friend who is a Canadiens fan and even in his most optimistic imagination he didn't expect this. I think they might suffer from "just happy to be here" if they move on

If they have to sit around for a week before the next round starts, I doubt they are able to get back to this level.   

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