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onefatsurfer
02-27-2012, 12:53
Come back soon, Trav!

Zajac's Bowl Cut
02-27-2012, 16:38
anyone see what that Millard guy said? 2 prospective buyers from toronto are apparently close to buying 50% of the team

Zajac's Bowl Cut
02-27-2012, 17:25
Michael Whaley ‏ @zwhalez
@girlsinyogapant yfrog.com/hsp9bbnj
Retweeted by Scott Wedgewood



hahahahahahahaah

check out the pic

Dr. Doom
02-27-2012, 17:27
awful. i hate you :laugh:

Dr. Doom
02-28-2012, 08:31
How would everyone feel about calling up Tedenby to give Sykora some rest? I think it is pretty clear that he is running on empty. He is slow to begin with but when he is tired it is brutal. Sykora hasn't played in a season like this since 08-09 and no matter how good of condition he is in, there is nothing that compares to playing in an NHL season.

Devilsfanatic
02-28-2012, 08:38
Let Tedenby stay down there. He's more of a help to Albany than he is to NJ.

Zajac's Bowl Cut
02-28-2012, 08:39
yea, I can't see Tedenby being any kind of answer at this point

I do agree that Sykora needs a rest though

Dr. Doom
02-28-2012, 08:42
It's more of a Sykora thing than Tedenby. Sykora has been slowing down and it is slowing down Patty as well. There isn't much time to rest during the rest of the season.

We also really need Zajac back.

I'm really worried about dropping the game to Boston.

Devilsfanatic
02-28-2012, 08:43
He's still scoring. I'm not sure it's an answer. I'd play him maybe less minutes, but that's about it.

And Kovalchuk needs to get going again. This team is only as good as their enigmatic Russian.

Worst move in Franchise history.

And we will drop the game to Boston, I've seen it in the flames.

Dr. Doom
02-28-2012, 08:47
Kovy is the classic case of less is more. When he tries to do crazy things it doesn't work. He has to keep it simple, put shots on net and dump the puck in deep for Parise or whoever to chase after.

You know nothing, Jon Snow.

Dr. Doom
02-29-2012, 09:55
Tom Gulitti ‏ @TGfireandice
Steve Bernier dropped to fourth line today with Carter, Janssen, Boulton.

Tom Gulitti ‏ @TGfireandice
Jacob Josefson will be skating somewhere on third line.

I'm not a fan of breaking up the 3rd line. They have been our best line lately.

Devilsfanatic
02-29-2012, 09:56
Meh, give it a shot. They weren't generating much offense lately, so it's time to get going again and gives JaJo some more ice time, which he has earned, IMO.

Poni-Josefson-Zubrus I'd venture with Boulton-Carter-Bernier

Devilsfanatic
02-29-2012, 09:59
Even better

Zubrus-Elias-Sykora
Poni-Jo-Clark

Clark and Jo worked well together last year with Boo, I think Poni will do well there too.

Dr. Doom
02-29-2012, 09:59
Tom Gulitti ‏ @TGfireandice
Zubrus moved back to second line with Sykora and Elias. David Clarkson on third line with Ponikarovsky and Josefson.

Dr. Doom
02-29-2012, 10:00
Looks like it's

Parise-Henrique-Kovalchuk
Sykora-Elias-Zubrus
Poni-Josefson-Clarkson
Boulton-Carter-Bernier

Getzo5
02-29-2012, 11:05
Looks like it's

Parise-Henrique-Kovalchuk
Sykora-Elias-Zubrus
Poni-Josefson-Clarkson
Boulton-Carter-BernierThat`s going to be a very slow line. Le sigh. Zharkov-Josefson-Bernier would be so much better. Let`s hope Zajac gets back asap.

Clarkson Falls Down
02-29-2012, 11:59
We'll see how it goes. If it doesn't work, put the 3rd line back together and put Josefson on that line.

VaxjoDevil
02-29-2012, 12:16
The first line shouldn't be untouchable, imo. The Rangers game was a good example of how an opposing coach can strangle your offense by taking care of your best line if you're that top heavy.

Clarkson Falls Down
02-29-2012, 12:30
The first line shouldn't be untouchable, imo. The Rangers game was a good example of how an opposing coach can strangle your offense by taking care of your best line if you're that top heavy.

But I think there's no reason to panic or rush and change lines at the first sign of a struggle. This team is likely to make the playoffs and be a top 6 seed. Keep letting that line grow as linemates and see where things take us.

If things god forbid get dire, then change things up.

onefatsurfer
02-29-2012, 12:31
I'm still mad at these fools for losing the last 3... well, not mad about the Vancouver game, but the other 2 games

Lord Ned Stark
02-29-2012, 12:55
How many more till you legit start to worry?

Dr. Doom
02-29-2012, 13:00
if we lose tomorrow and friday, i'll start to get really worried

Devilsfanatic
02-29-2012, 13:01
I'm not at all, even if we lose the next two. The teams below are doing F all.

Lord Ned Stark
02-29-2012, 13:11
I'm not worried that they won't make it. I will worry if they head into the playoffs playing mediocre hockey.

Big#D
02-29-2012, 13:12
I'm not worried about the next two either. It's the 6 in a row after that (2 each against NYI, NYR and PHI) that'd concern me.


edit: 3 against NYI, 2 PHI and 1 NYR

Zajac's Bowl Cut
02-29-2012, 13:16
I'm not worried that they won't make it. I will worry if they head into the playoffs playing mediocre hockey.

playoffs are a month and a half away. its not like they start next week

Clarkson Falls Down
02-29-2012, 13:19
How many more till you legit start to worry?

Until they fall to 8, and seeing the way 8-15 has been playing, will take some losing streak for that to happen.

Lord Ned Stark
02-29-2012, 13:36
playoffs are a month and a half away. its not like they start next week



i do think that they will come to play against boston though. i'm hoping for a W

also its not like theyve been playing bad.. just havent gotten the bounces so that is reassuring

Getzo5
02-29-2012, 17:36
http://cdn.memegenerator.net/instances/400x/15423271.jpg

Devilsfanatic
02-29-2012, 18:21
You know when that picture was from right? yeeeeah. Jokes on us in both ways.

Getzo5
02-29-2012, 18:57
You know when that picture was from right? yeeeeah. Jokes on us in both ways.Of course. That`s the joke!

Zajac's Bowl Cut
02-29-2012, 19:15
asked TG about Zajac and got this:

not since two days ago when he was still skating, doing some more, but not ready to practice yet.

Clarkson Falls Down
02-29-2012, 19:44
One of the lowest moments in Devils history.

Devilsfanatic
02-29-2012, 20:13
Besides trading for Kovalchuk.

Worst move in Franchise history.

Dr. Doom
02-29-2012, 20:19
what about trading for zidlicky?

pariseforpresident
02-29-2012, 20:21
Only one of those pucks was last season's models. He has 2 2008 pucks in that picture lol

Devilsfanatic
02-29-2012, 20:23
what about trading for zidlicky?

Might be the greatest thing to ever happen to the org. I'm gonna miss both the games on the weekend, both tomorrow and Friday. Got my own playoffs to worry bout.

Dr. Doom
03-01-2012, 13:28
Dubinsky =
http://gifsoup.com/webroot/animatedgifs/176173_o.gif

Big#D
03-01-2012, 13:38
Comment should have been: Dubinsky seems to have learned a lot about the game and talking to the media from Avery. I hope his career follows a similar path.

Devilsfanatic
03-01-2012, 13:39
Maybe Dubinsky should stick to picking fights with his boogers than with NHLers.

Zajac's Bowl Cut
03-01-2012, 13:41
Dubinsky even got beat up by Zajac, didn't he?

Clarkson Falls Down
03-01-2012, 15:00
Dubinsky - Goals = 6, Fights = 5.

Clarkson - Goals = 24, Fights = 7

Horseface sucks and is currently my most hated pro athlete.

Dr. Doom
03-02-2012, 14:39
Tom Gulitti ‏ @TGfireandice
Devils GM Lou Lamoriello said C Travis Zajac (left Achilles tendon) has been progressing and is "skating every day."

Zajac's Bowl Cut
03-03-2012, 09:44
:hockey:

Devilsfanatic
03-03-2012, 09:50
I'm going to peg that he comes back with about six games left in the regular season.

pariseforpresident
03-03-2012, 09:56
Sounds about right. It would give him some time to get adjusted and allow Petey to find his lines for the playoffs

Devilsfanatic
03-03-2012, 12:06
no poni at praccy again. Boulton-Carter-Janssen is line 4

Yikes :laugh:

devilzrule27
03-03-2012, 13:23
no poni at praccy again. Boulton-Carter-Janssen is line 4

Yikes :laugh:

Let's keep rolling 7 dmen... that is ugly.

pariseforpresident
03-03-2012, 13:27
Hell, Corrente is healthy. Throw him on the 4th line over Janssen. Or you know... Zharkov

Zajac's Bowl Cut
03-05-2012, 06:37
no practice today. not sure I like that.

onefatsurfer
03-05-2012, 07:31
meh. they know what they need to do, they just need to execute.

VaxjoDevil
03-05-2012, 08:16
After all this sucking lately we still have a cushion for 6th. Amazing.

Devilsfanatic
03-05-2012, 08:49
Parise ex-rays negative. Thank the maker.

onefatsurfer
03-05-2012, 08:54
i just want them to seriously heat up at the end of march/beginning of april. i'm not concerned with the sucking right now. starting with the leafs game on the 23rd, win every game.

Tao Jones
03-06-2012, 09:17
New Jersey Devils‏@NHLDevils

RT @vishal_hussain: #NJDevils @NHL #Sykora's game one blast from just inside the blue line against Toronto in the 2001 playoffs.

Devilsfanatic
03-06-2012, 09:23
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fjTZOCbO0q0

The silence is beautiful. We lost that game, but won the series.

guyincognito
03-06-2012, 18:14
wrong thread, lol

onefatsurfer
03-07-2012, 06:53
...and Clarkson has 26 goals. Looks like my bet with that rags fan a couple years ago is going to come true :P

Clarkson Falls Down
03-07-2012, 10:00
Tom Gulitti ‏ @TGfireandice
DeBoer confirmed that Ponikarovsky (right knee) will play Thursday vs. Islanders.

Dr. Doom
03-07-2012, 10:11
I just want to see this team 100% healthy. I'll even take just Poni and Zajac back and Tallinder out.

Dr. Doom
03-07-2012, 12:43
Marek Zidlicky is still living in Patrik Elias’ basement, but he’s starting to feel much more settled with the Devils with six games under his belt now since the Feb. 24 trade that brought him to New Jersey from the Minnesota Wild.

DeBoer said Zidlicky played his “best game so far” Tuesday against the Rangers.

“You learn something every game because with a new team you have to learn your teammates,” Zidlicky said today. “I felt very good last game. I really enjoyed the game and I’m so happy we won.”

Zidlicky has been paired with a different partner almost every game. On Tuesday, he played with Anton Volchenkov. On Sunday against the Islanders, he was paired with Matt Taormina. On Friday in Washington, he played with Bryce Salvador.

He said he’s comfortable with whoever he is paired with.

“I feel great with all the guys,” Zidlicky said. “You get on a new team and you have to figure out your teammates. It’s pretty important in the games. It’s not a question if you play with one guy or another guy. You have to be ready to play with anybody.”

The 12 days since the trade have been a learning process for Zidlicky – he’s learning about his news teammates while also learning a different system.

“Everything is different, totally different,” Zidlicky said. “The first couple of games were pretty tough, but right now I feel much better. If you come to a new team you have to learn each guy.”

Zidlicky had never changed teams midseason before, so this is a new experience for him. He also noted, though, that he asked for a trade out of Minnesota, so the change was by choice.

“That’s what I asked for,” he said. “It’s never happened to me before. I feel better and better. It was a lot of surprises the first couple of games.”

Zidlicky said it has helped having good friends like Elias and Petr Sykora on the team to assist with the adjustment.

“I asked the guys and I asked the coaches if I don’t know something what do we do on the ice,” he said. “Everybody tries to help me and it’s much easier. I really feel much better every game.”

The hardest part now is being away from his wife and seven-year-old son, Adam, for an extended stretch for the first time in his career. Adam is still in school, so Zidlicky said it will be at least until April before he’s able to visit.

Left wing Alexei Ponikarovsky is Ukrainian, but he’s moved into the same apartment building with Swedes Johan Hedberg, Adam Larsson and Josefson. (Mattias Tedenby also lived there before he was sent to Albany.)

Ponikarovsky knows several languages pretty well – Ukrainian, Russian, Czech, Polish and English – and was even mixing in a little French today. He said his knowledge of Swedish is limited to “bad words,” though.

“I keep them laughing when I swear,” Ponikarvovsky said of his new Swedish neighbors.

Hedberg joked that Ponikarovsky, who joined the Devils in a Jan. 20 trade with Carolina, moved in without permission from the Swedish contingent. They seem to have adopted him, though.

He’s not been involved in their ping pong games yet, but Josefson said they have not played for a while.


Larsson joked he was “not talking” to Hedberg anymore after Hedberg told him (in Swedish) after practice today that “he owned me.”

“He uses his stick (to pokecheck),” Larsson said. “It’s not fair.”
http://blogs.northjersey.com/blogs/fireice/comments/josefson_feeling_normal_zidlicky_getting_more_comf ortable_ponikarovsky_joins_swedes/

selyar
03-07-2012, 13:16
i love this team.

Dr. Doom
03-07-2012, 13:26
i love this team.
i think i say this to myself every day. it is amazing the personality the team has this season compared to last season.

Classic Devil
03-07-2012, 13:36
I just want to see this team 100% healthy. I'll even take just Poni and Zajac back and Tallinder out.

A healthy Zajac would be HUGE. He's our best defensive and best face-off center. Zajac is to the 2012 Devils what Holik was to the 2000 Devils.

onefatsurfer
03-07-2012, 13:41
hopefully the end result is the same :naughty:

Devilsfanatic
03-07-2012, 13:55
A healthy Zajac would be HUGE. He's our best defensive and best face-off center. Zajac is to the 2012 Devils what Holik was to the 2000 Devils.

I agree. I love this man, hardly ever posts, but when he does, he's spot on, and well thought out. Best internet poster, ever.

Clarkson Falls Down
03-07-2012, 14:12
i think i say this to myself every day. it is amazing the personality the team has this season compared to last season.

Yep, from pussface Langenbrunner to the apartment full with Swedes. It's been a nice transition.

Dr. Doom
03-07-2012, 14:50
Clarkson is about to be on NHL live.

pariseforpresident
03-07-2012, 17:39
apartment full with Swedes.

every straight man's dreams

VaxjoDevil
03-07-2012, 23:10
I love reading about that private stuff, it's kind of funny that Zidlicky still lives in Patty's basement.

Big#D
03-08-2012, 07:13
I love reading about that private stuff, it's kind of funny that Zidlicky still lives in Patty's basement.

I'm sure it's just because it's so close to the end of the season and he'll look for a new place with his family in the offseason. Otherwise, I'm sure he'd have moved into the apartment building with the Swedes and Poni.

Clarkson Falls Down
03-11-2012, 09:40
The 30 most dominant figures in Devils history

http://www.nj.com/devils/index.ssf/2012/03/devils_30_most_dominant_figure.html

vonbonds
03-11-2012, 10:00
The 30 most dominant figures in Devils history

http://www.nj.com/devils/index.ssf/2012/03/devils_30_most_dominant_figure.html

I went with Lou, 30 & 4.

onefatsurfer
03-12-2012, 12:26
http://www.sportsclubstats.com/NHL/Eastern/Atlantic/NewJersey.html
this makes me happy. we're almost at can't miss territory

Zajac's Bowl Cut
03-12-2012, 12:27
it was just funny to me that people actually thought we had a shot at missing

its clear those people didn't have any idea how the teams below us are playing

Clarkson Falls Down
03-12-2012, 12:29
Yeah, we were in no danger. People, as usual, overreacted over there.

onefatsurfer
03-12-2012, 12:32
Not only that, but they don't realize how insurmountable the lead we have on 9th is. or think about that they're all playing eachother for a lot of these games, so if one team wins, the other team is missing out on getting points

This team is getting hot at the right time, if they carry this play through the end of the season, I don't think anyone will want to face NJ. It's crazy, but I'm not that worried about anyone except Boston, and I'm not shaking in my boots at them, either. If Zajac ever rises from the dead, our forward corps will be DANGEROUS.

Devilsfanatic
03-12-2012, 12:36
Who should we draft if we finish last? Yakupov, or Galchenyuk?

onefatsurfer
03-12-2012, 12:36
Fail4Nail

edit: wait.. he got concussed on that hit, right?
in that case, Fail4Athanasiou. Greek Pride!

Classic Devil
03-12-2012, 13:14
Yakupov.

Devilsfanatic
03-12-2012, 13:15
I prefer Galchenyuk. I hate talking about this while other teams are gearing up for a playoff drive. **** you, John MacLean.

Nick, I thought we'd finish anywhere from 7-13 in the conference. Still a possibility I guess. But like you said, looking at the roster back in September, especially without Travis, it was like, really?

devilzrule27
03-12-2012, 13:16
**** you Lou, you old washed up piece of **** windbag! I hope you get fired!

Devilsfanatic
03-12-2012, 13:18
Even Poni and Zidlicky were huge risks that paid off. Both will be here next year, I think. Zach might be inclined to stay now.

Dr. Doom
03-12-2012, 13:18
I think I said they would finish 6-10. If you told me it would be March, Zajac wasn't back, and we would be almost 100% in the playoffs, I would have probably laughed at you. There have been a lot of surprises this season and a lot of people playing like they are supposed to be playing.

Classic Devil
03-12-2012, 13:19
Lou's been brilliant this year. Every call he's made has been the right one. The team had weaknesses, and he's adressed every one of them. The team had strengths, and he didn't compromise any of those. It's been a great year to be a Devils fan.

Devilsfanatic
03-12-2012, 13:21
Again, he's been really lucky on those calls. If Poni and Zidlicky busted, hoo boy.

Also, we have three Z's on our roster when Zajac comes back. That has to be most in NHL history, right?

Dr. Doom
03-12-2012, 13:22
If we make some noise in the playoffs you have to look at the Poni and Zid trades, and Sykora in the offseason.

onefatsurfer
03-12-2012, 13:24
Imagine if Zajac didn't have such a major setback...

Devilsfanatic
03-12-2012, 13:27
They rushed him, plain and simple. Like Larsson, and of course, Parise last year.

I still think he'll be back with six games left on the schedule.

Parise-Henrique-Kovalchuk
Zubrus-Elias-Sykora
Ponikarovsky-Zajac-Clarkson
Bernier-Josefson-Carter/Boulton/Janssen

Not too shabby at all. I might even let Clarkson stick with Jo as they have supreme chemistry and move Bernier with Poni and Zajac.

Dr. Doom
03-12-2012, 13:28
I think Zajac starts on the 4th line when he first gets back, everyone is going to be in playoff mode.

Devilsfanatic
03-12-2012, 13:29
Any line with Travis Zajac on it isn't considered line four. We have Line 3A and Line 3B.

Dr. Doom
03-12-2012, 13:34
Any line with Travis Zajac on it isn't considered line four. We have Line 3A and Line 3B.
Well you get my drift :laugh:

Devilsfanatic
03-12-2012, 13:35
Better than getting your aids, that's for sure.

Clarkson Falls Down
03-12-2012, 13:41
Lou's been brilliant this year. Every call he's made has been the right one. The team had weaknesses, and he's adressed every one of them. The team had strengths, and he didn't compromise any of those. It's been a great year to be a Devils fan.

In the past I've been critical of Lou, but he's had an A year. DeBoer, Poni, Zidlicky, not doing anything stupid during the summer in regards to UFAs.

I still don't like how the Parise thing was handled during the summer, but Lou's had a good year.

Devilsfanatic
03-12-2012, 13:45
You can thank me for DeBoer.

Clarkson Falls Down
03-12-2012, 13:47
You can thank me for DeBoer.

Thank you.

devilzrule27
03-12-2012, 13:49
You can thank me for DeBoer.

no...

Dr. Doom
03-12-2012, 13:55
In the past I've been critical of Lou, but he's had an A year. DeBoer, Poni, Zidlicky, not doing anything stupid during the summer in regards to UFAs.

I still don't like how the Parise thing was handled during the summer, but Lou's had a good year.
I'll wait until I see how the whole Parise thing ends up before I make any judgement.

You can thank me for DeBoer.
I didn't know you called Lou and told him to hire DeBoer :sarcasm:

Getzo5
03-12-2012, 13:58
You can thank me for DeBoer.I was with you back then!

Big#D
03-12-2012, 14:01
These were my thoughts at the beginning of the season and reiterated in December...


I think Devils fans are in for a frustrating season of being in and out of playoff position. At the beginning of the season, I figured the Devils could finish anywhere from 2nd to 12th in the East, with the most like spot being 7th to 10th. I still think that's about right, other than I'm starting to think 2nd to 5th is going to be a little too tough. The Devils still have a chance to win the division and they still have a chance to completely collapse and get a shitty draft pick.

It's all about managing expectations.

so, 7-10th is starting to look more like 6th, with an outside chance at 2nd, 4th or 5th. at least they grabbed onto a playoff spot and didn't let go. i'm happy to not have had them floating between 7th and 10th for the last couple months.

Devilsfanatic
03-12-2012, 14:01
I did. I said to Lou, I says Lou, yo, Lou man, you gots to sign this homie that Florida let go! I know he might look like a dour white dude from Canada, but his coaching style is mad ill. And Lou, being the homie that he is, agreed and it was a done deal. Took me until July to get him on the phone, that's why it took so long.

Getzo5
03-12-2012, 14:05
I first said 7-11, but put them in the 6th spot (Regular season predictions thread). Looks good so far.

VaxjoDevil
03-12-2012, 17:04
My travels turned their losing streak around, but I got back today so get ready for a loss tomorrow.

Zajac's Bowl Cut
03-12-2012, 17:09
I'm fine with a loss tomorrow as long as we're at least competitive

VaxjoDevil
03-12-2012, 17:13
Actually, I'm very fine with this sixth spot. We go to fifth and we get Pens.

Devilsfanatic
03-12-2012, 19:28
Rangers. Pens will catch them.

jkrdevil
03-12-2012, 19:28
Lou's been brilliant this year. Every call he's made has been the right one. The team had weaknesses, and he's adressed every one of them. The team had strengths, and he didn't compromise any of those. It's been a great year to be a Devils fan.

I said in the game thread, if Zajac can come back healthy the team has all the pieces.

As for how the team came together they got lucky with Sykora and especially Henrique (who basically filled the Zajac role flawlessly). Then after some early experimentation Lou was aggressive filling the holes. First Foster (even though that didn't work), then Zidlicky and also Poni (to fill for the disappointment that was NaPalm) and Bernier (to make up for Tedenby). Each time they have added they got better.

Now if Zajac come back up front there are going to be a team we couldn't imagine before the season. One that may be deep down the middle.

Devilsfanatic
03-12-2012, 19:51
Whoa hold on now. Foster didn't not work. The powerplay significantly improved with him and then he was used to get Zidlicky who pinches in a Niedermayerian way. I think Foster was great.

Pelley, Fraser, Palmieri, Veilleux and a 2nd became Zidlicky. A key cog in our train for guys that weren't gonna play here.

Devilsfanatic
03-12-2012, 19:58
Yeah, Carter was crap for a while after starting hard, but I like him anyway.

jkrdevil
03-12-2012, 19:59
Whoa hold on now. Foster didn't not work. The powerplay significantly improved with him and then he was used to get Zidlicky who pinches in a Niedermayerian way. I think Foster was great.

Pelley, Fraser, Palmieri, Veilleux and a 2nd became Zidlicky. A key cog in our train for guys that weren't gonna play here.

Agreed, that Foster did help somewhat. I won't say he worked because he was dealt away just moths after being acquired. Had he been able to take a more regular shift they would not have gone out for Zidlicky. Foster was basically a stepping stone.

EDIT: I knew I forgot about someone. Pick-up of Carter was good as well. He slowed after a good start, but you can't say the expectations were greater than what he has produced overall. Good depth pick-up.

Devilsfanatic
03-12-2012, 20:09
Agreed, that Foster did help somewhat. I won't say he worked because he was dealt away just moths after being acquired. Had he been able to take a more regular shift they would not have gone out for Zidlicky. Foster was basically a stepping stone.

EDIT: I knew I forgot about someone. Pick-up of Carter was good as well. He slowed after a good start, but you can't say the expectations were greater than what he has produced overall. Good depth pick-up.

I think when Zidlicky became available they decided to move Foster because of the cash he was making and his age. It was pretty much a no brainer throw in. I think he got a lot more flak than he deserved. Sure he's had his bad moments, but the two goal outing against Philly, the tying goal against Winnipeg, those are the things I will remember a whole lot more than his mistakes.

Clarkson Falls Down
03-12-2012, 21:39
We got Foster for Pelley and Fraser so I mean we got pretty much what we expected. Horrible defensively, a contributor on the PP. He helped get Zidlicky so I can't play too much, although I'm not a fan at all of players like him.

Devilsfanatic
03-12-2012, 21:50
Kinda like MAB.

Getzo5
03-13-2012, 10:29
I kinda like MAF.

Foster didn`t help improve the PP much, the system, their mindset and confidence did. How many times did he make a good pass? Other than his shot that scared opponents` D a bit, he was virtually useless, even on the PP. One more pylon on the special teams. I`m sorry but that`s the truth. Such a talented group of forwards can`t suck forever. Chicago`s PP has sucked all year, now they brought in Oduya, their PP numbers go up (hypothetically). What does it mean? Little to nothing. Correlation doesn`t imply causation. They simply picked it up.

Devils started to work down low, that was the biggest adjustment they made and the reason they gave up far less SHGA. Their responsibility on the blueline was better, passes quicker. Did he help? Yes, but not by much.

Carter was a great pickup. His +/- suck, but he`s directly responsible for maybe 3-4 of those iirc. Loved his play under DeBo in Florida, knew he was going to be a solid addition. Beating Horseface`s *** is just a bonus.

Lord Ned Stark
03-13-2012, 14:52
I think a lot of people will be sleeping on the hawks

Dr. Doom
03-15-2012, 07:18
Tom Gulitti ‏ @TGfireandice
Travis Zajac on the ice for the Devils' morning skate today.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3ALwKeSEYs

onefatsurfer
03-15-2012, 07:20
hmm... maybe that facebook thing was legit

Big#D
03-15-2012, 07:21
does this mean that parise really is signed and that lou won't announce it until the end of the season?

Dr. Doom
03-15-2012, 07:24
hmm... maybe that facebook thing was legit


does this mean that parise really is signed and that lou won't announce it until the end of the season?
:scared:

onefatsurfer
03-15-2012, 07:29
I doubt he's signed, but I wouldn't be surprised if they agreed on terms and are waiting for the new ownership deal to go down

Zajac's Bowl Cut
03-16-2012, 15:52
Wedgewood has signed

VaxjoDevil
03-16-2012, 17:10
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0e8owOVCdc&feature=BFa&list=UU-fBJBt_WWMpt4XiLmLTnzw&lf=plcp

Why is Janssen constantly touching his face?

Getzo5
03-16-2012, 18:28
Remember the postgame vid where all the Bruins were touching their noses? :laugh: Can`t find it, unfortunately.

Dr. Doom
03-16-2012, 19:31
I don't know if anyone cares, but Wedge's cap hit is $615,000

Clarkson Falls Down
03-16-2012, 21:46
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0e8owOVCdc&feature=BFa&list=UU-fBJBt_WWMpt4XiLmLTnzw&lf=plcp

Why is Janssen constantly touching his face?

Was that Katie Strang talking to Henrique in the beginning of the video? Damn, not bad.

VaxjoDevil
03-16-2012, 22:39
Was that Katie Strang talking to Henrique in the beginning of the video? Damn, not bad.

Yeah, I was thinking that, too. They look like they have some mutual interest in each other. And right after she leaves Zach's head turns left :laugh:

Dr. Doom
03-19-2012, 07:59
Tom Gulitti ‏ @TGfireandice
Janssen on fourth line with Boulton and Carter, so looks like Bernier could be forward to sit tonight.

Andrew Gross ‏ @AGrossRecord
Looks like Anisimov will not play tonight. Looks like Scott, Stralman, Woywitka the other scratches.


I'm starting to get worried about Boston slipping to the 3rd seed.

Zajac's Bowl Cut
03-19-2012, 08:01
ugh, 4th line of suck again

Clarkson Falls Down
03-19-2012, 08:05
Exactly what we need...

Dr. Doom
03-19-2012, 08:06
I don't get it. They are going to get stuck out against their 1st line. I'd rather have so many players on the 4th line than them.

Bernier/Tedenby-Zajac-Carter for the playoffs please. Tedenby's ability to draw penalties could be extremely helpful in the playoffs. Right now I think it would be better to have Bernier in, but you never know.

Zajac's Bowl Cut
03-19-2012, 08:11
I just hope that those goons aren't dressed in the playoffs

let Kovy/Parise double shift there even if they are though

Zajac's Bowl Cut
03-19-2012, 08:20
Zajac is accompanying team to Ottawa

so thats good news

Dr. Doom
03-19-2012, 08:26
I just hope that those goons aren't dressed in the playoffs

let Kovy/Parise double shift there even if they are though
I'd rather have no double shift so they can be as fresh as possible for all of their shifts. We have players in Albany that IMO are better options than Boulton and Jannsen.

Dr. Doom
03-19-2012, 13:09
How do people feel about going after Josh Harding this summer?

It would give Kinkaid an extra year to play in Albany and it would give Wedge some time to develop.

devilzrule27
03-19-2012, 13:12
I don't like goalies who can't stay healthy and thats before they even become starters. Especially when those injuries involve the head and hips.

As for Kinkaid I really don't think he's any better then Frazee and at this point thinking of either of them in a Devils uniform for a prolonged period of time concerns me.

Dr. Doom
03-19-2012, 13:15
What's your concern with Kinkaid? I thought he had a great first season.

devilzrule27
03-19-2012, 13:17
What's your concern with Kinkaid? I thought he had a great first season.

I don't think either is consistent enough for the NHL. As i said he looks no better or worse then Frazee from what I've watched this year. Both have their great games and both are really prone to just letting in god awful goals at times.

devilzrule27
03-19-2012, 13:19
Also while we are at it we should keep signing these Union goalies. Grosenick has been even better then Kinkaid was. haha

Dr. Doom
03-19-2012, 13:21
I don't see Frazee having a future here, which is why I wasn't happy he got a 2 year deal.

I think Wedge has the best shot of being a starting goalie with us but he still needs a little time.

I can see Kinkaid as a backup and I wouldn't be shocked if he could develop into a starter, but I do find it less likely than Wedge.

devilzrule27
03-19-2012, 13:24
I like Wedge.

To me Kinkaid is Frazee just 2 years younger. I don't see the long term NHL potential, never really did. I know a lot of devils have fallen in love with him but I just don't see it.

Dr. Doom
03-19-2012, 13:31
I like Wedge.

To me Kinkaid is Frazee just 2 years younger. I don't see the long term NHL potential, never really did. I know a lot of devils have fallen in love with him but I just don't see it.
The thing that separates the two of them is size. Kinkaid will be able to get away with more because of his size.

I can't wait for Wedge to get into the system. He is my next Tedenby.

Lord Ned Stark
03-19-2012, 13:38
kinky all day.

devilzrule27
03-19-2012, 13:50
The thing that separates the two of them is size. Kinkaid will be able to get away with more because of his size.

I can't wait for Wedge to get into the system. He is my next Tedenby.

The size isn't that big of a difference. Frazee doesn't play small and is quite stocky. Both have **** poor positioning and the mental lapses are what really kill both for me. I wouldn't want either as a long term backup for the Devils. If Moose aint back next year we better sign Clemmer dammit!

Dr. Doom
03-19-2012, 15:06
The size isn't that big of a difference. Frazee doesn't play small and is quite stocky. Both have **** poor positioning and the mental lapses are what really kill both for me. I wouldn't want either as a long term backup for the Devils. If Moose aint back next year we better sign Clemmer dammit!
IMO size is a big deal for goalies, unless you have a lot of talent.



I love when someone makes an idiotic comment on HF, you prove them wrong, and they disappear.

Zajac's Bowl Cut
03-20-2012, 05:25
so Gomez expects to be bought out and wants to come back to NJ apparently? at least thats what I think this says:

http://tvasports.ca/tvasports/hockey/archives/2012/03/20120319-233427.html

onefatsurfer
03-20-2012, 05:34
interesting. he might not be a bad pickup in a 3rd line role for a very low price

Zajac's Bowl Cut
03-20-2012, 06:10
I want absolutely no part of him. even if he played for free.

onefatsurfer
03-20-2012, 06:29
i guess i'm just reminiscing about him with Gionta. :(

Big#D
03-20-2012, 06:52
on the other hockey board i post at, one of the habs fans posted this:
NHLwiki ‏ @NHLwiki
#NHL *News*- According to ex-NHL D.P.Brisebois, S.Gomez expects #Habs to buy him out this summer and would like to return to #Devils.

to which i replied:
NHLwiki ‏ @NHLwiki
#NHL *News*- According to current #Devils GM Lou Lamoriello, S.Gomez can **** right off.


I think that pretty much sums up most Devils fans opinion on the matter.

Big#D
03-20-2012, 06:53
i guess i'm just reminiscing about him with Gionta. :(

i'd take a bought out gionta at the right price in a minute. gomez ... i'm with bowl cut ... not even if he were free.

Dr. Doom
03-20-2012, 07:03
do not want gomez

guyincognito
03-20-2012, 07:17
I would not be surprised, but I also think Gomez is Friesen'd. I don't think he can play effectively in the NHL even if he wanted to.

BUT, business wise, you can't do it at all. Imagine losing Zach, and then signing.... him. He'd have to pull twice what Sykora's done this year to erase the ill-will. Now if he finds some magical cure for his washed-outedness, it's possibly he could be a decent fit for Kovy.

Dr. Doom
03-20-2012, 07:46
NHLDevilsPR ‏ @NHLDevilsPR
The @albanydevils today signed defenseman Corbin McPherson to an amateur tryout agreement.

Clarkson Falls Down
03-20-2012, 07:53
I don't see where the room at center for him is.

Big#D
03-20-2012, 07:55
:wacka_wacka:

edit: damn

Devilsfanatic
03-20-2012, 08:35
I can live with signing him if he comes at a price tag of say....on the house.

I mean, at worst, he sucks and you bury him on a cheap salary. If Sykora came back, or Claude Lemieux was brought back, I think effectively anyone can come back if they have the right attitude. Heck, I remember articles where Elias wasn't talking to Sykora, in Marty's book he alludes to the fact that his teammates and he hate him for 2002, but I think they're OK with him now. And like gic said, if he can rediscover himself a bit, he would be a hell of an addition with Kovalchuk.

Vinnie
03-20-2012, 09:01
Maybe they can sign him to a contract where if (when) he sucks he can go play in the E for Alaska.

Big#D
03-20-2012, 09:49
i didn't care for him before he left. i won't like him if he comes back. he was a good player for the devils for a few years (esp with mogilny and then as an egg), but i always thought he was a bit of a douche. i wasn't surprised when he left. i'd be happy if he found someplace else to try find his career again.

devilzrule27
03-20-2012, 11:47
I can live with signing him if he comes at a price tag of say....on the house.

I mean, at worst, he sucks and you bury him on a cheap salary. If Sykora came back, or Claude Lemieux was brought back, I think effectively anyone can come back if they have the right attitude. Heck, I remember articles where Elias wasn't talking to Sykora, in Marty's book he alludes to the fact that his teammates and he hate him for 2002, but I think they're OK with him now. And like gic said, if he can rediscover himself a bit, he would be a hell of an addition with Kovalchuk.

Me too. I can forgive and forget. What did one expect him to say, no to that absurd contract NY gave him. Whatever the price would have to be right and his role would have to be minimal. I have no idea where he fits in but then again that's not really for me to figure out. That said I don't see it happening.

Devilsfanatic
03-20-2012, 11:51
Exactly. The Devils didn't even offer him a deal. Tells you all you need to know.

Getzo5
03-22-2012, 02:29
http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=cs&u=http://hokej.idnes.cz/rozhovor-s-hokejistou-eliasem-dz1-/nhl.aspx%3Fc%3DA120320_200420_nhl_rou&ei=UfBqT46yONGK4gTJm7HjBQ&sa=X&oi=translate&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CCsQ7gEwAA&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dhttp://hokej.idnes.cz/rozhovor-s-hokejistou-eliasem-dz1-/nhl.aspx%253Fc%253DA120320_200420_nhl_rou%26hl%3De n%26safe%3Doff%26client%3Dfirefox-a%26hs%3Da5z%26rls%3Dorg.mozilla:sk:official%26prm d%3Dimvns

Short interview with Patty. He`s still funny.

Lord Ned Stark
03-22-2012, 03:53
I recently read that you have it on the ice scream more. Is that so?
He is already a little elderly gentleman, so I hear worse and needs a firm hand over them.

hahaha

Devilsfanatic
03-22-2012, 10:35
Zajac is day to day now. Could be very soon.

onefatsurfer
03-22-2012, 10:42
travis!

selyar
03-22-2012, 10:48
i still haven't been able to wear the zajac jersey i got over the summer to a game he's playing in. come back travis!

edit: ok actually that might be a lie. i was at at least one game he played in in December. don't remember which jersey i had on... probably that one.

so yeah. i'm a liar.

Devilsfanatic
03-22-2012, 10:55
Seliar.

Getzo5
03-22-2012, 15:12
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Y4khFcAGO4&feature=player_embedded

"the greatest logo in sports" couldn`t agree more with him.

Moooooooooose http://hokejforum.com/images/smilies/moose.gif

Zajac's Bowl Cut
03-22-2012, 16:50
so are the playoff ticket prices for some of the 100s the same as the 200s?

how does that make sense?

Clarkson Falls Down
03-22-2012, 17:09
so are the playoff ticket prices for some of the 100s the same as the 200s?

how does that make sense?

When has Devils ticket pricing EVER made sense? lol

Zajac's Bowl Cut
03-22-2012, 17:12
yea, that is true lol

I don't know if I wanna pay $60/ticket to sit in the 200s, I will have to see

might just wait it out and hit up the secondary market

Devilsfanatic
03-23-2012, 09:51
I hope Zajac doesn't play on Sunday either and comes back for the next game. I'd win.

Zajac's Bowl Cut
03-23-2012, 09:53
I will be there Tuesday. so I like that idea.

Devilsfanatic
03-23-2012, 10:03
I think on Sunday, we should just give away the two points to PIT and preserve our guys from injury. I'm sure their guns could use a day off too.

Dr. Doom
03-23-2012, 10:09
I think on Sunday, we should just give away the two points to PIT and preserve our guys from injury. I'm sure their guns could use a day off too.
http://27.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lzdh8rqGeI1r1ksmuo1_400.gif

Devilsfanatic
03-23-2012, 10:10
I said that to someone the other day, but the context was amazing and Ocho Cinco would be impressed. Even though, he's Johnson again.

Dr. Doom
03-23-2012, 10:12
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=29fu2WDtHos

Getzo5
03-23-2012, 14:52
http://hfboards.hockeysfuture.com/showpost.php?p=46597393&postcount=619

haha

Dr. Doom
03-23-2012, 15:12
http://hfboards.hockeysfuture.com/showpost.php?p=46597393&postcount=619

haha
http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m1c1ekNRUF1qld86y.gif

Dr. Doom
03-24-2012, 09:53
Tom Gulitti ‏ @TGfireandice
Eric Boulton and Cam Janssen wearing green practice jerseys. That signifies they're on 5th line today and Travis Zajac will be on 1 of top 4


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3ALwKeSEYs

Dr. Doom
03-24-2012, 09:57
Tom Gulitti ‏ @TGfireandice
Parise in red, Henrique in gray, Zajac in white, Josefson in blue. Looks like Elias will be Parise's center today.

Dr. Doom
03-24-2012, 10:00
Tom Gulitti ‏ @TGfireandice
Zajac centering Ponikarovsky and Kovalchuk for today's practice.

Dr. Doom
03-24-2012, 10:03
Tom Gulitti ‏ @TGfireandice
Devils' lines today: Parise-Elias-Zubrus; Ponikarovsky-Zajac-Kovalchuk; Sykora-Henrique-Clarkson; Carter-Josefson-Bernier; Boulton, Janssen.

Big#D
03-24-2012, 10:08
Sykora is really the only weak link in those lines. And if he can click to Clarkson and Henrique to cycle well, that'd be a be a decent 3rd line.

Getzo5
03-24-2012, 10:12
Sykora is really the only weak link in those lines. And if he can click to Clarkson and Henrique to cycle well, that'd be a be a decent 3rd line.As much as I appreciate his contribution, I keep saying this every time I try to make a decent looking line combos.

Yeah, let`s hope he can click with them.

Dr. Doom
03-24-2012, 10:14
I like those lines a lot. There are a couple of things that I found interesting about them. Kovalchuk is still on the right wing and Poni was moved up to the 2nd line.

Sykora needs to prove that he can produce without Elias because with Zajac back I don't know if Sykora gets back in the top 6.

Lord Ned Stark
03-24-2012, 10:23
fuckin a.. poni zajac kovi .. OH i like that

Dr. Doom
03-24-2012, 10:38
Tom Gulitti ‏ @TGfireandice
Zajac also working on second PP unit with Sykora and Henrique up front. Kovalchuk and Fayne on points. First PP unit is unchanged.

I really like the 1st PP unit, but they might want to think about having Zajac taking all of the PP faceoffs. Clarkson has been great on the PP and better than I ever imagined he would be, but I really want Zajac on the 1st until and move Elias to the wing. Put Zach where Clarkson plays on the PP, in front of the net. Then Zajac on the goal line and Elias on the boards. That's what I want after Zajac gets used to the game speed.

selyar
03-24-2012, 10:39
Tom Gulitti ‏ @TGfireandice
Devils' lines today: Parise-Elias-Zubrus; Ponikarovsky-Zajac-Kovalchuk; Sykora-Henrique-Clarkson; Carter-Josefson-Bernier; Boulton, Janssen.

hmm interesting... very interesting... i dig it.

jkrdevil
03-24-2012, 10:46
A 4th line that can run a breakout!!!!!

Dr. Doom
03-24-2012, 10:57
A 4th line that can run a breakout!!!!!
I've been waiting all season for this.

Clarkson Falls Down
03-24-2012, 11:10
Tom Gulitti ‏ @TGfireandice
Zajac also working on second PP unit with Sykora and Henrique up front. Kovalchuk and Fayne on points. First PP unit is unchanged.

I really like the 1st PP unit, but they might want to think about having Zajac taking all of the PP faceoffs. Clarkson has been great on the PP and better than I ever imagined he would be, but I really want Zajac on the 1st until and move Elias to the wing. Put Zach where Clarkson plays on the PP, in front of the net. Then Zajac on the goal line and Elias on the boards. That's what I want after Zajac gets used to the game speed.

I agree. Rather take Clarkson off and put Zajac on, even if we do get a little weaker personnel wise there. But it doesn't really matter if you're chasing the puck on the PP.

Dr. Doom
03-24-2012, 11:13
Exactly. Zajac has to take all the faceoffs on the PP. It has been more than clear that it has been killing us.

devilzrule27
03-24-2012, 11:24
What you guys hate clarkson taking offensive zone faceoffs on the PP? haha

Dr. Doom
03-24-2012, 11:28
There was a point yesterday where Kovy took a faceoff and it wasn't after someone got thrown out :facepalm: If we could get better at faceoffs we would instantly be a better team.

selyar
03-24-2012, 11:29
kovy beat steckel last night at the dot down by us

Clarkson Falls Down
03-24-2012, 11:45
It's starting to become a pet peeve of mine that every poster on HF is putting Kovalchuk on LW in all their proposed line combinations. I think DeBoer has made it pretty clear that he isn't moving Kovalchuk off RW.

Dr. Doom
03-24-2012, 11:47
Kovalchuk on the RW will benefit him for the future.

Clarkson Falls Down
03-24-2012, 11:52
And I don't know why they'd want him on LW.

With the Devils...LW Kovy 10/11 << RW Kovy 11/12

Dr. Doom
03-24-2012, 12:11
Tom Gulitti ‏ @TGfireandice
Kovalchuk (Russia) called his line with Ponikarovsky (Ukraine) and Zubrus (Lithuania) in third period on Friday the "CCCP line."

Tom Gulitti ‏ @TGfireandice
Zajac is Canadian, but has Ukrainian heritage, so Ponikarovsky-Zajac-Kovalchuk might still qualify as CCCP - if Zajac spoke Russian.

Getzo5
03-24-2012, 12:19
Tom Gulitti ‏ @TGfireandice
Kovalchuk (Russia) called his line with Ponikarovsky (Ukraine) and Zubrus (Lithuania) in third period on Friday the "CCCP line."

Tom Gulitti ‏ @TGfireandice
Zajac is Canadian, but has Ukrainian heritage, so Ponikarovsky-Zajac-Kovalchuk might still qualify as CCCP - if Zajac spoke Russian.IF TG`s right (I`m personally not so sure of that)...

This means his heritage (original) is Slovak, actually. :laugh: His name is Slovak/Polish, but only the eastern part of Ukraine was a region in the Austro-Hungarian Empire back in 19th century, not Poland. The chance his ancestors were Polish is very slim.

I knew it! haha

Dr. Doom
03-24-2012, 14:51
My only comment on that line is Poni has looked a little slower lately. Hopefully his game goes back to when he was tearing it up for us.

I think how we play will come down to the bottom 6. If you want to win in the playoffs you need secondary scoring and good special teams. Sykora-Henrique-Clarkson and Carter-Josefson-Bernier need to play well. Our PK is great, but our PP needs to find its way. Hopefully Zajac taking faceoffs will lead to more possession on the PP and less chasing. Our PK will be the biggest thing if we get out of the first round.

Zajac's Bowl Cut
03-24-2012, 15:00
go Ukraine!

Tao Jones
03-24-2012, 15:02
Poni has not been Neal Broten since returning from injury.

Clarkson Falls Down
03-24-2012, 16:11
Poni has not been Neal Broten since returning from injury.

Yeah, has actually been invisible, to be honest. Last night aside of course.

Clarkson Falls Down
03-24-2012, 16:14
So now I see BenedictGomez has his schtick now too. He became irrelevant, so like Muttley did, he had to start running with a theme.

Dr. Doom
03-24-2012, 16:15
what's his theme?

Clarkson Falls Down
03-24-2012, 16:17
what's his theme?

Hate on DeBoer every post.

Dr. Doom
03-24-2012, 16:22
Hate on DeBoer every post.
:facepalm:

There just isn't any patience there.

Devilsfanatic
03-24-2012, 16:47
BG sucks. Sorry I invited him here.

guyincognito
03-24-2012, 16:52
I think he's right on that, but his reasoning is wrong. Zach and Kovy really shouldn't be playing with each other. Not because Kovy owns the puck, although Zach is a stronger player rushing with the puck than he gets credit for. They shouldn't be playing with each other because neither of them know what the **** the other is doing and that line isn't that effective (considering the talent) unless they're poaching on the rush.

Getzo5
03-24-2012, 16:53
BG sucks. Sorry I invited him here.So, essentially, you suck too. Boo.

Clarkson Falls Down
03-24-2012, 16:55
I think he's right on that, but his reasoning is wrong. Zach and Kovy really shouldn't be playing with each other. Not because Kovy owns the puck, although Zach is a stronger player rushing with the puck than he gets credit for. They shouldn't be playing with each other because neither of them know what the **** the other is doing and that line isn't that effective (considering the talent) unless they're poaching on the rush.

When he boasts and says he's been calling for this for a year and a half it makes him look like a pompous ***. Because, one, Parise basically missed all of last year, two, he didn't say anything about breaking them up when that line was rolling, and three, using the 1.5 year thing as a way to criticize Deboer who wasn't even here last year! He's just another foul weather poster over there. He's on the Swede tree of idiot HF posters.

guyincognito
03-24-2012, 17:01
When he boasts and says he's been calling for this for a year and a half it makes him look like a pompous ***. Because, one, Parise basically missed all of last year, two, he didn't say anything about breaking them up when that line was rolling, and three, using the 1.5 year thing as a way to criticize Deboer who wasn't even here last year! He's just another foul weather poster over there. He's on the Swede tree of idiot HF posters.

Well, there is that, too. :laugh:

Dr. Doom
03-24-2012, 17:06
Tom Gulitti ‏ @TGfireandice
Noticed the other day that several Devils were using Zajac's stick model. Zajac attributed it to his teammates liking blade curve.

Tom Gulitti ‏ @TGfireandice
Elias said real reason is it's actually Stamkos' stick model with Zajac's name on it. "They think they will score 50 goals if they use it."

Devilsfanatic
03-24-2012, 17:09
Are we NJ Devils elitists/hipsters?

Tao Jones
03-26-2012, 08:34
TG

Devils have recalled D Peter Harrold from Albany of AHL.

Zajac's Bowl Cut
03-26-2012, 08:35
aka

Volch is out a bit

Dr. Doom
03-26-2012, 08:36
aka

Volch is out a bit
exactly what i thought when i saw the tweet

Tao Jones
03-26-2012, 10:32
TG

DeBoer said he and Lamoriello have been talking for a "couple weeks" about calling up Harrold to spend time with team leading up to playoffs.

I'd like to see Harrold re-signed, but I think it may be at the expense of re-signing Leach.

Clarkson Falls Down
03-26-2012, 11:14
Sykora to the 4th line. I agree.

Getzo5
03-26-2012, 11:51
Chere and TG are saying during practice the lines look like:

Parise Elias Zubrus
Henrique Zajac Kovalchuk
Poni Josefson Clarkson
Sykora Carter Bernier

Henrique on wing!

Zajac's Bowl Cut
03-26-2012, 11:56
I could get down with that

onefatsurfer
03-26-2012, 11:59
that's fine. I like having the mix of different lines as a possibility during the playoffs if things aren't working out offensively. I just wish our guys would fucking bury the puck when they have a wide open net to do so.

Dr. Doom
03-26-2012, 12:15
Sykora to the 4th line. I agree.


Chere and TG are saying during practice the lines look like:

Parise Elias Zubrus
Henrique Zajac Kovalchuk
Poni Josefson Clarkson
Sykora Carter Bernier

Henrique on wing!
I think that could work. It's a lot of the defense though. They need to stop getting caught flat footed and burned on every play. Hopefully Volch is back sooner rather than later.

onefatsurfer
03-26-2012, 12:55
..meanwhile, Rolston is kicking *** and taking names

Clarkson Falls Down
03-26-2012, 13:32
I think that could work. It's a lot of the defense though. They need to stop getting caught flat footed and burned on every play. Hopefully Volch is back sooner rather than later.

I thought the back checking was awful yesterday too. Way too much space they gave to skate up the ice. I was watching CHI/NSH when I had a chance during Devils intermissions and after the game and they back checked like fiends. That's not a skill. That's just desire and determination. Back checking has been inconsistent all year IMO. But your point about the D is well taken.

And I personally like the lines. Sykora should be on the 4th if he's not going to be with Elias because he stinks defensively anyway and when you take him away from Patty he doesn't produce offensively.

Getzo5
03-26-2012, 13:35
That 4th line is going to be slow as molases, just saying.

In other words - Zharkov should be in Sykora`s spot. Where to fit Sykora then? No idea.

All I know is that this has to be our 4th line next year.

Dr. Doom
03-26-2012, 13:36
The problem with our backchecking is that our forwards take shifts that are way too long. Kovy is the biggest culprit. Sykora is up there on that list too. It also doesn't help when all of the forwards are below the goal-line and then lose the puck battle.

Clarkson Falls Down
03-26-2012, 13:58
I thought the back checking was awful yesterday too. Way too much space they gave to skate up the ice. I was watching CHI/NSH when I had a chance during Devils intermissions and after the game and they back checked like fiends. That's not a skill. That's just desire and determination. Back checking has been inconsistent all year IMO. But your point about the D is well taken.

And I personally like the lines. Sykora should be on the 4th if he's not going to be with Elias because he stinks defensively anyway and when you take him away from Patty he doesn't produce offensively.

What, Zharkov - Carter - Bernier?

Yes, I'd like that very much. My opinion of Carter has swayed as the year has gone on, but I like Bernier's game for the bottom 6 a lot.


The problem with our backchecking is that our forwards take shifts that are way too long. Kovy is the biggest culprit. Sykora is up there on that list too. It also doesn't help when all of the forwards are below the goal-line and then lose the puck battle.

I agree that this has been a part of the problem too. DeBoer needs to reign them in better with this. No point in staying out there so long when the team has 4 lines that are capable now. This isn't the same group that we had in October/November.

Dr. Doom
03-26-2012, 14:02
I've always called for shorter shifts and less ice time for Kovy. They need to be fresh for when they step on the ice. As much as Kovy doesn't want to admit it his mental mistakes are because he plays too much. He either makes a mistake because he is tired/at the end of a shift or because he is trying to conserve energy for later.

Getzo5
03-26-2012, 16:31
http://hfboards.hockeysfuture.com/showpost.php?p=46759549&postcount=814

http://hfboards.hockeysfuture.com/showpost.php?p=46760691&postcount=816

http://i49.tinypic.com/2mhuf09.jpg

I`d so love to post this gif there. haha

And what the hell is he trying to say anyway? This has nothing to do with the past.

jkrdevil
03-26-2012, 16:56
http://hfboards.hockeysfuture.com/showpost.php?p=46759549&postcount=814

http://hfboards.hockeysfuture.com/showpost.php?p=46760691&postcount=816

Lol. Or maybe he wants to talk with his coach because that is standard among college prospects making a decision on going pro
http://i49.tinypic.com/2mhuf09.jpg

I`d so love to post this gif there. haha

And what the hell is he trying to say anyway? This has nothing to do with the past.


Lol. Or maybe he wants to talk with his coach because that is standard among college prospects making a decision on going pro

Getzo5
03-26-2012, 17:05
Lol. Or maybe he wants to talk with his coach because that is standard among college prospects making a decision on going proExactly.

Zajac's Bowl Cut
03-26-2012, 17:09
that guy is such a God damn idiot

Lord Ned Stark
03-26-2012, 18:56
itd be funny if we found out that redarmynative was that 12 year old kid that posted the zidlicky trade break video

Dr. Doom
03-26-2012, 19:01
itd be funny if we found out that redarmynative was that 12 year old kid that posted the zidlicky trade break video
Nick Palmieri. Love the guy.

Lord Ned Stark
03-27-2012, 07:04
Nick Palmieri. Love the guy.

marak.. mar... mara zidlic.. ah **** it

Big#D
03-27-2012, 10:02
It's not looking so good for the Devils potential first round match up:

http://ca.news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/giant-nine-pound-gambian-rats-invading-florida-keys-210522485.html

devilzrule27
03-27-2012, 11:10
It's not looking so good for the Devils potential first round match up:

http://ca.news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/giant-nine-pound-gambian-rats-invading-florida-keys-210522485.html

great our whole team will get infected with monkeypox now.

Dr. Doom
03-27-2012, 14:47
Michigan coach Red Berenson told the Detroit News Monday that he expects defenseman John Merrill, the Devils’ 2010 second round pick, to return for his junior year.

“Merrill will get some interest, but right now his heart is at Michigan,” Berenson said. “I don’t see him doing anything.”

Merrill sounded as he hadn’t made up his mind for sure, yet.

“I haven’t spoken to anyone yet,” Merrill told the Wolverine.com. “I want to take my time and make the right decision.”
http://blogs.northjersey.com/blogs/fireice/comments/harrold_hopes_to_make_most_of_opporunity_with_devi ls_merrill_staying_at_michigan/

Dr. Doom
03-28-2012, 09:09
Volch skated this morning.

VaxjoDevil
03-28-2012, 09:45
They cancelled the practice today. I think it was the right thing to do, team is tired.

vonbonds
03-28-2012, 11:10
I am not sure what to think of this team heading into the playoffs. They are 8-7 in March with 36 goals scored and 31 goals against. Of the 31 goals 22 have come in 5 of the 15 games. That being said of the teams to score 4 or more against in March they were the better teams in the east minus Toronto (Boston, Pittsburgh x2, NYR and Toronto).

It is vital they do well in their final games as besides Detroit and I guess Tampa fighting for their playoff lives the opponents should be very beatable by a team that wants to enter the playoffs on a good note.

Getzo5
03-28-2012, 15:13
http://hfboards.hockeysfuture.com/showpost.php?p=46876323&postcount=144

Clarkson Falls Down
03-28-2012, 15:30
I agree.

VaxjoDevil
03-28-2012, 15:43
Not sure why Tedenby is discussed over there - heading into POs, it's time for Kovy and Parise to pick it up. If they are not on we will not go far, we can call up Jesus Christ himself for all I know.

Dr. Doom
03-28-2012, 15:54
Not sure why Tedenby is discussed over there - heading into POs, it's time for Kovy and Parise to pick it up. If they are not on we will not go far, we can call up Jesus Christ himself for all I know.
You can add Elias in there too.

devilzrule27
03-28-2012, 16:05
You can add Elias in there too.

You can add nearly every forward we count on for offense in there. The only who I think has kept up his intensity is Zubrus but he's never been a consistent scorer. He's still doing his work on the forecheck just no one else is helping him out.

VaxjoDevil
03-30-2012, 10:11
Seems like Larsson is back in the lineup. Tao sent down.

Devilsfanatic
03-30-2012, 12:40
Seems like Larsson is back in the lineup. Tao sent down.

He probably still sits for Harrold.