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24 minutes ago, MB3 said:

the devils and the coyotes “ain’t that much different” if you choose to literally only look at season results. the coyotes are entirely devoid of talent on their NHL and AHL roster. their prospect pool is one of the worst in the nhl. they finally have several draft picks this year, but haven’t been drafting at all the past few years because of horrible trades and idiotic mistakes. 

the coyotes are in the position NJ was in in like 2014. the devils are building something great. even the cynic in me can’t see a similarity between the franchises.

Pretty much. Keller is a good player, but overall - they’re not even close to what the Devils already currently have in the NHL, or in their pipeline. 

It’s full on doom and gloom to even try to suggest they’re remotely the same based purely off standings or playoff appearances. 

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49 minutes ago, MB3 said:

the devils and the coyotes “ain’t that much different” if you choose to literally only look at season results. the coyotes are entirely devoid of talent on their NHL and AHL roster. their prospect pool is one of the worst in the nhl. they finally have several draft picks this year, but haven’t been drafting at all the past few years because of horrible trades and idiotic mistakes. 

the coyotes are in the position NJ was in in like 2014. the devils are building something great. even the cynic in me can’t see a similarity between the franchises.

I agree with you but I admit I'm a bit sick of this team in general, just an overall sourness in terms of everything on and off the ice. I'm tired of talking about how next season is finally gonna be the season that this franchise finally turns it around. I'll believe it when I see it at this point. 

I have no faith in Ruff or our goaltending. 

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29 minutes ago, Nicomo said:

Doc speaking truth. 

Do people really care this much? If there’s a game I want to watch it’s kind of irrelevant to me what channel is airing it. Obviously some people suck (Leah Hextall), but that doesn’t stop me from watching. 

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59 minutes ago, mfitz804 said:

Do people really care this much? If there’s a game I want to watch it’s kind of irrelevant to me what channel is airing it. Obviously some people suck (Leah Hextall), but that doesn’t stop me from watching. 

Sounds like you don't stick around for the intermission reports but ESPN is absolute trash.  They have those dinosaurs Messier and Chelios putting everyone to sleep while TNT has some actual character and it's actually fun to watch.  ESPN has also been pretty terrible with replays not showing some of the action that you miss during the live game stream.  But they do have those sick cameras down in the d-zone boards for the faceoffs.

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6 minutes ago, Crisis said:

Sounds like you don't stick around for the intermission reports but ESPN is absolute trash.  They have those dinosaurs Messier and Chelios putting everyone to sleep while TNT has some actual character and it's actually fun to watch.  ESPN has also been pretty terrible with replays not showing some of the action that you miss during the live game stream.  But they do have those sick cameras down in the d-zone boards for the faceoffs.

I definitely do not watch the intermission reports. That could be the difference. 

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20 minutes ago, Crisis said:

Sounds like you don't stick around for the intermission reports but ESPN is absolute trash.  They have those dinosaurs Messier and Chelios putting everyone to sleep while TNT has some actual character and it's actually fun to watch.  ESPN has also been pretty terrible with replays not showing some of the action that you miss during the live game stream.  But they do have those sick cameras down in the d-zone boards for the faceoffs.

Not to mention problems with the sound all the time. 

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46 minutes ago, mfitz804 said:

I definitely do not watch the intermission reports. That could be the difference. 

Intermission is abysmal. The crybaby and mr fake bake are atrocious. I actually watched the TNT ones cause they were fun and actually provided insights.

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8 minutes ago, jagknife said:

Intermission is abysmal. The crybaby and mr fake bake are atrocious. I actually watched the TNT ones cause they were fun and actually provided insights.

I feel the same way.  I'm not really one to watch the intermission but TNT makes it worth sticking around to see.

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3 hours ago, Satans Hockey said:

Any idea where he said this? It seems very not like Doc. 

No idea. It came from a verified account so I figured it’s legit. I had the same initial thought though. 

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1 minute ago, Devil Dan 56 said:

It almost sounded like he thought he was calling a basketball game

I honestly like Sean McDonagh, I think he’s actually not a bad PBP guy. And he’s got a good voice for hockey. My issue with ESPN is the studio. It’s trash. 

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My issue with ESPN, besides Hextall, Mr. Crybaby, McDonagh, the network itself for that matter…is the audio of the games is terrible. The crowds and sounds of the game are so muted.

Is anyone honestly surprised ESPN put such little effort into hockey?

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29 minutes ago, MadDog2020 said:

I honestly like Sean McDonagh, I think he’s actually not a bad PBP guy. And he’s got a good voice for hockey. My issue with ESPN is the studio. It’s trash. 

He’s a good pro but how can that network pick a guy with no NHL experience to be your #1 pbp commentator? This man is calling the Stanley Cup Finals. 

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So the Panthers are aggressively shopping Bobrovski, to the surprise of nobody. And, to the surprise of nobody, it's going to cost Florida a LOT to move a mediocre goalie who makes $40m over the next 4 years who has a full no trade clause. 

If you're the Devils, does this make sense? Would you do Bobrovski 20% retained + Lundell for a 5th round pick, or something like that? You're picking up an elite young forward who just notched 44 points in 65 games played as a rookie. He's a natural center but plays a ton of wing, or could slot wonderfully as a 3rd line center pushing Dawson Mercer into the top 6. 

Bobrovski isn't worth $10 (or the $8 it would cost the Devils in this hypothetical), but the Devils are dripping with cap space and 4 years from now is still before the Devils will owe the big-time contracts to any young player that performs well. 

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9 minutes ago, devlman said:

He’s a good pro but how can that network pick a guy with no NHL experience to be your #1 pbp commentator? This man is calling the Stanley Cup Finals. 

For a guy with no hockey experience, I think he’s been very good. You can definitely argue the merits of him calling the SCF though; I’d prefer a Kenny Albert or a John Forslund or a Dave Gosher calling this series. 

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21 minutes ago, MB3 said:

If you're the Devils, does this make sense? Would you do Bobrovski 20% retained + Lundell for a 5th round pick, or something like that? You're picking up an elite young forward who just notched 44 points in 65 games played as a rookie. He's a natural center but plays a ton of wing, or could slot wonderfully as a 3rd line center pushing Dawson Mercer into the top 6. 

Yeah I probably do that. I’d love to add Lundell, and Bob, while not as good as he used to be, gives us much more of a chance than anything we have now. So if it’s for a pick and Florida is retaining the max amount they’re permitted to, yeah I’d make the move. 

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16 minutes ago, MB3 said:

If you're the Devils, does this make sense? Would you do Bobrovski 20% retained + Lundell for a 5th round pick, or something like that? 

They are giving us Bobrovsky, AND retaining 20%, AND Lundell for a 5th?

You’re making all of our trades from now on. 

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1 hour ago, Devil Dan 56 said:

It almost sounded like he thought he was calling a basketball game

To be fair, he's an awesome CFB and CBB caller.

Just not his thing, calling hockey.

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13 minutes ago, Devilsfan118 said:

To be fair, he's an awesome CFB and CBB caller.

Just not his thing, calling hockey.

I didn’t know that. That seems like a strange choice for ESPN to use someone without hockey experience. It’s definitely a much different flow than a lot of other sports 

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21 minutes ago, Devilsfan118 said:

Just not his thing, calling hockey.

Disagree. I think he’s been very good for being a first timer. Hockey is the hardest sport to do PBP on, bar none. If he’s been this good with no experience, it leads me to believe he’ll only get better. 

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