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1 hour ago, MadDog2020 said:

100%. Hublot’s are quality timepieces, but many of them are too gaudy for me. I’m a Tag Heuer guy; I have three of them and they are the best watches I’ve ever owned. Rolex is the standard though. It’s Rolex or bust if you want my number. 

I don't know about the quality, like I said I am not a watch guy, but some of those Hublots are super ugly. And I like a big watch, and I still think they are ugly. 

Never had a Tag, personally, though they have the look I usually go for. 

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58 minutes ago, MB3 said:

there’s at least one degree of insanity between people memeing about a bizarre mid-season press conference last year and saying “our entire team could die in a bus crash and then we wouldn’t make the playoffs”

Or its just overly hyperbolized, but I think that was the point. It's weird to pretend you don't recognize that just because you don't like the guy who said it. 

As far as degrees of insanity go, I mean, neither you nor I should be talking about that with some of the sh!t we've said. 

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34 minutes ago, mfitz804 said:

Or its just overly hyperbolized, but I think that was the point. It's weird to pretend you don't recognize that just because you don't like the guy who said it. 

As far as degrees of insanity go, I mean, neither you nor I should be talking about that with some of the sh!t we've said. 

it ain’t that deep man. i sees a weird comment. i comment on the weird comment. dassit. 

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4 hours ago, Devilsfan118 said:

And when they win 50% of their games through December we'll look back at this and chuckle. 

I like the offseason for the most part and I think Fitz is right. Jack should be stepping up and hopefully avoiding injuries. A tandem of Vanecek and a healthy Blackwood should be solid. Nico, Mercer, Sharangovich, Bratt, all a year older and theoretically better. I like the additions of Marino, Haula, and Palat. Maybe Holtz surprises us, maybe Nemec makes a case for himself. 

I’m not expecting playoff success but I think this team can sneak in or at least be in the conversation if we don’t go full catastrophic mode like last year. 

I do think this team makes a little run in the playoffs in the next 2-4 years and that officially ends our time as a league joke and puts us in the young team on the rise conversation. 

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1 hour ago, mfitz804 said:

I don't know about the quality, like I said I am not a watch guy, but some of those Hublots are super ugly. And I like a big watch, and I still think they are ugly. 

 

Would highly recommend you get one man. Absolutely the best watches I’ve ever owned. My newest acquisition:

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1 minute ago, MadDog2020 said:

Would highly recommend you get one man. Absolutely the best watches I’ve ever owned. My newest acquisition:

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Yep, that's right up my alley. If you want my number, I will accept one of those. But only from you, everyone else has to do the Rolex. :) 

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33 minutes ago, mfitz804 said:

I'm expecting him to not make the team, but it would really be cool if he made that decision very difficult. 

Yeah I don’t think starting the year in Utica would be the worst thing for him. It would probably be really good experience to not have to have all that pressure on him. If talks with Severson break down and he’s traded, a spot opens up for Nemec to step in later in the season. And of course… injuries are always a thing. Not much else on the right side other than Walsh after the NHLers 

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1 hour ago, Devil Dan 56 said:

I’m not expecting playoff success but I think this team can sneak in or at least be in the conversation if we don’t go full catastrophic mode like last year.

I think the playoffs are a possibility but it's a tight window. Are the Devils good enough to overtake the Caps? I think ... maybe.

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I’m not ready to say playoffs or bust. The devils are adding 2 MAJOR pieces to the blue line next year. Their “contention window” should start then.

This year I just need to see solid improvement across the board. Big steps towards being a competent, middle of the pack NHL team with tremendous future upside.

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21 minutes ago, MB3 said:

I’m not ready to say playoffs or bust. The devils are adding 2 MAJOR pieces to the blue line next year. Their “contention window” should start then.

This year I just need to see solid improvement across the board. Big steps towards being a competent, middle of the pack NHL team with tremendous future upside.

This is pretty fair, really.  As much as it's hard to stay patient, not everyone who's supposed to be a part of this thing are here just yet.

BUT, they should be pretty consistently competitive this year, and relatively entertaining.  As long as the team stays reasonably healthy, I don't think 90 points is out of the realm of possibility...not saying that they're some lock for that, but I could see it happening.    

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https://www.nhl.com/devils/news/bernier-plays-smith-stands-out-in-first-scrimmage-of-camp--feature/c-335722070?fbclid=IwAR3D8jilnEURTKcPh4fMUmGoumZqVjPtJ0XHEpYIp1cOXb02aLkScksubO8
 

Really didn’t expect Bernier to be playing already. Looks like he’s still a ways off from being cleared for games but him playing the first scrimmage is encouraging. 

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17 hours ago, MB3 said:

mid-season form already from SD with the nonsensical gibberish. 

there's nothing nonsensical in what i said. It straight up happened. Anyone who paid attention to this board has seen it.

Countless members here were ripping into Fitz, constantly referring to his "we want to be playing meaningful games in march" quote while we were not playing meaninfgul games in march. Completely ignoring context that just about everything that could have went wrong with the team during the season, did go wrong (I'm referring to injuries). Literally no teams in the league would have done well if 2-3 of their top goalies went out and their top players for an extended period. Especially not a team near the end of a rebuild. That's straight up common sense.

The bus comment is obviously an exageration that even if THAT happened some fans would still blame Fitz for not making the playoffs. It's pretty easy to understand the angle there.

And like Mfitz mentioned. They are still bringing up the "in the room" quote too.

So yeah. I didn't make anything up. I just reported what already happened and might happen again. 

 

 

6 hours ago, mfitz804 said:

Or its just overly hyperbolized, but I think that was the point. It's weird to pretend you don't recognize that just because you don't like the guy who said it. 

As far as degrees of insanity go, I mean, neither you nor I should be talking about that with some of the sh!t we've said. 

100% if anyone else said it he wouldnt be picking on it. We all know this

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On 9/22/2022 at 11:29 PM, SterioDesign said:

Well now that Tom said that, some fans will take it as an unshakable promise completely ignoring any possible context and players health through the season lol IF everything goes well we should push for a playoffs spot and have a shot. But if we get injuries like we did last year, it's still not going to happen.

Our entire top 9  and top 4 d could die in a bus crash and we'd have to play junior players the entire season and some fans would still be like "Fitz PROMISED we'd make the playoffs this season but then sat on his hand all year and the season was over by december 🤬 and now we're getting another lottery pick!"

 

Jack and Nico health, Vanecek and Blackwood form. If both things will not go well, any every expectations worth holding on. And work on drafting top six center on the draft and sign another one on the market. 

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2 hours ago, Guadana said:

Jack and Nico health, Vanecek and Blackwood form. If both things will not go well, any every expectations worth holding on. And work on drafting top six center on the draft and sign another one on the market. 

the three big factors

1, goaltending

2, goaltending

3, goaltending

4. jack staying upright

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3 hours ago, Guadana said:

Jack and Nico health, Vanecek and Blackwood form. If both things will not go well, any every expectations worth holding on. And work on drafting top six center on the draft and sign another one on the market. 

yup and that's the thing. We should know more than anyone now how injuries can impact a season big time.

Last season a realistic expectation was that IF and only IF everything went perfectly and other things went our way like other teams sh!tting the bed (which the islanders did), etc then mayyyybe we could have challenged for a wild card spot.

But as we know, just about everything that could have went wrong did, so we really didn't have a chance. And we were not "getting a real backup in February" away from making the playoffs or anything either.

 

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just watched the fitz/ruff conference from the other day. I don't like how fitz pulled a jets by saying "trust the process". They seem to still be giving the kids that are now men a long leash. If we aren't in the playoffs this year I won't be happy. The young team was fun the last few years. not now. 

 

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