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HockeyWeasel

  • joined Dec 15, 2009
  • last login Mar 06, 2014
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Vanderbeek completes refinancing, secures control of the team

Vanderbeek has assumed control of Brick City's share. Finally.

Fayne among 3 to be qualified, to be sidelined 3-4 months with wrist surgery

Fayne, Zharkov, and Corrente receive qualifying offers. Fayne also on the shelf 3-4 months after wrist surgery.

All 8 players waived on 10/3 have cleared

Fraser and Pelley were not sent to Albany. Corrente, Harrold, Leach, Sestito, Veilleux, and Zharkov were.

Vanderbeek close to buying out Chambers?

Not confirmed, and not approved, but if this goes through, Vanderbeek will control 94% of the team.

And the first suspension of the Shanahan Era goes to...PL3

I love the video that goes along with this story. A real explanation and the reasoning behind the decision. I hope the league keeps up this level of transparency.

From The Puck Stops Here: Devils Have Their Disposable Coach

Wow, what's with the sudden explosion of anti-Devils drivel? And parts of this one totally contradict the published news stories about DeBoer's hire. Way to check facts before writing... "It is clear that Peter DeBoer is seen as an interchangeable part. I think he is most likely going to be replaced as Devils coach within two year and I think that is the way Lou Lamoreillo wants things. He doesn’t want a longterm coach. He would let DeBoer have a longterm run in the unlikely outcome of a Stanley Cup or runaway coach of the year, but otherwise this is a shortterm position." Yes, Lou wants short-term coaches. He wanted Sutter to quit, and MacLean to fall flat on his face so he could continue to loom menacingly over his coaches... "DeBoer is probably as good a coach as you can get at this late stage of the game. There were more choices a month ago when this move should have been made." I love the implication that Lou waited forever to even conduct his interviews, even though the stories from Chere and Gulitti say DeBoer interviewed early on and then had to wait while Lou looked under every rock.

Need a laugh? Burnside is at it again.

Some highlights: "Torn between his loyalty to MacLean and the need to right the ship, Lamoriello ultimately waited too long to dismiss MacLean. Lemaire returned by Christmas and helped orchestrate a spirited second-half comeback that left the Devils just short of a playoff spot." Quite a difference in the way he characterizes the MacLean firing now and the way he did at the time, huh? "Each new coach seems to bring the franchise closer and closer to irrelevancy; and yet, each new coach seemingly may be the one to turn the corner and bring the Devils back to glory." I don't quite get this one. What is Lou supposed to do if Lemaire retires, or Sutter or Robinson wants out? "Will DeBoer be that coach? One gets the feeling this may be Lamoriello's last chance to answer that question in the affirmative." And where I wonder, does Burnside get this idea from?

Lightning sign Stamkos

5-year deal, for a reported $37.5 million. $7.5MM cap hit.

Devils sign Eric Boulton

Two-year, one-way deal. I hope this isn't Andrew Peters 2.0....

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Hurricanes Season Ticket/Ticket Exchange Question

I'm not 100% sure a FanPost is the most appropriate location to post this, so apologies in advance if I missed some other area to post a question like this. I'm about to enter my third season as a...

Talbot's Deal with Flyers May Violate League's Salary Cap

Apparently Talbot's deal is bad because the final two years of the deal are worth less than half of either the first two years. Gord Miller reports that the league is NOT expected to penalize the Flyers. The Flyers will have to restructure the contract to make it cap-compliant. I have to ask -- Seriously? The Devils get hammered after an arbitrator rules that they negotiated in good faith but pushed too far, but the Flyers don't even get a slap on the wrist for a clear-cut violation?

Souray on waivers, Oilers plan to buy out his contract

If Souray clears waivers and Andy Greene is too expensive, I wonder if Lou would try to sign Souray for one year for something around $1.5 million.

MacLean fired

According to the Star Ledger, MacLean is out, and Lemaire is in as interim coach.

Brodeur and White out of tonight's game

Urbom called up to replace White in the lineup.

Eckford and Sestito sent down

Tyler Eckford and Tim Sestito back to Albany, Patrick Davis and Stephen Gionta up from Albany.

Flames' Langkow and Stajan sidelined indefinitely

If either one of them ends up on LTIR, it could open up another trade option for the Devils. The Flames could get an LTIR exception for their cap of $4.5 million for Langkow, and/or $3.5 million for Stajan (cap values per capgeek.com) Lou and Darryl Sutter have traded before, and any players the Devils sent up there would certainly be familiar with Brent Sutter's system.

NHL might have picked wrong contract fight.

An interesting and well-balanced take on the Kovalchuk contract situation.

Rangers trade for Steve Eminger

Not that the Rangers and Devils would make a trade, but could this be a precursor to a Marc Staal trade?

What's Taking Ilya Kovalchuk So Long?

Some insight into the decision-making process courtesy of Rich Chere.

Rob Niedermayer signs with Buffalo

TSN's free agent tracker shows Rob Niedermayer has signed with the Sabres.

Kings apparently out of the Kovalchuk hunt

From Helene Elliot of the LA Times via Kukla's Korner

Acquistion of Jason Arnott doesn't take Devils out of Ilya Kovalchuk sweepstakes...

But Clarkson and Martin are higher priorities. Rich Chere quotes Lou as saying: "We definitely will do everything we can. The priority right now is to get David Clarkson signed and Paul Martin signed. And we’ll see what Ilya Kovalchuk’s thought process is."

Devils' issues go beyond who is coach

ESPN's Scott Burnside saying the same thing he always does.

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14 of 20 and counting, why has NJ been unable to recover?

As the losses have continued to mount, there have been any number of different reasons put forth as the root cause for the struggles. The play of everyone on the ice has been discussed and...

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OK, so why bother with the rest of the season and the playoffs?

Last week, while catching up on the various hockey blogs and columns that I read, I came upon this gem from Ross McKeon of Yahoo! Sports. "Chicago and San Jose are the class of not only the West...

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