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dr(d)evil

  • joined May 28, 2010
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Early thoughts on the season

Pete DeBoer Let's give PDB his due. It took half a season to institute his system, but once the players "got it", the Devils have performed like one of the best teams in the league, even though...

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Forward lines?

Surprised no one has already put out a fan post on this... In moving Kovalchuk to the right side and losing Parise to free agency, the left wing position has suddenly gone from the strongest...

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How much is too much? 13 yrs, $98M sure is.

One just signed a brand spanking new contract for 13 years, $98M, and a $7.5+M cap hit. The other has 13 years and $88M remaining attached to a $6.6+M cap hit. One notched 80+ pts twice in his...

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Possible trade targets on the Buffalo Sabres

With the Devils about to visit the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday, I thought it would be a good time to examine some of their players as potential trade deadline acquisitions. The Sabres, despite high...

MSG HD on FiOS

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Finally, MSG and MSG+ are now in HD on FiOS. Channels 578 and 580 for me, at least. Tonight's Niedermayer tribute and game are on MSG+ (580).

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Why Lou should just go ahead and dump Fraser and sign Stralman

Lou Lamoriello recognized that this team needed right-shooting defensemen at both the NHL and AHL level, and made a point this summer of acquiring them.  Even before the draft, he signed Joe Sova...

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Where Does David Clarkson Fit? - A WOWY Analysis

ast year, John used an interesting method called WOWY (With Or Without You) analysis to discuss best linemates for Parise (link), Zajac (link), and Kovalchuk (link).  See his work for an...

One of the Worst Contracts in the League on the move

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TSN reporting that 32-yr-old Brian Campbell and his $7.1M cap hit for the next 5 seasons is being shipped to Florida in exchange for Rostislav Olesz's less onerous $3.1M cap hit for 3 more years. In a separate deal, Chicago also shipped Troy Brouwer to the Caps for a late first-rounder, so they've essentially swapped Olesz for Brouwer as 3rd line LWers, gotten out from under Campbell's terrible contract, and gotten a first rounder out of it all. A win for the Hawks if you ask me. Should I start holding my breath for a Brian Rolston trade to a cap floor team? Campbell is obviously a better player than Rolston, but his cap hit and term were seemingly untradeable...

Flyers Trade Richards and Carter, sign Bryzgalov

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Carter to Columbus for Jakub Voracek, the 8th overall pick, and a third rounder. Personally, I think the Blue Jackets gave up way too much. Voracek is a promising young player who will be a second-line player within the next two years and the Flyers will pick up another great prospect at 8th. Carter's a good player and a nice blend of size, speed, and skill, but he's primarily a goal scorer and will not be the setup man for Rick Nash that Columbus needed. He's got a very long-term contract despite never being asked to be "the man" for his team. We'll see how he does with the weight of the team on his shoulders. *addendum* Mike Richards traded to the LA Kings for Brayden Schenn and Wayne Simmonds. Kings get a guy who can play on Anze Kopitar's left or play as the second-line center. Flyers get a great prospect in Schenn who dominated the most recent World Juniors, and a 3rd line RW in Simmonds who is probably capable of becoming a 2nd line guy. Have to wonder what was going on in the Flyers' locker room to trade their captain and another star player. For the Flyers, after all this, they'll line up Schenn behind Giroux and van Riemsdyk. They may now have the cap space to not only sign Bryzgalov, but also re-sign Leino...keeping the Leino-Giroux-Briere combination intact. JvR, Voracek, Hartnell for a second line. Schenn, Simmonds, and maybe Versteeg on the third line. Versteeg may still be dangled for a trade. Have to say, I'm happy to see Mike Richards in the Western Conference. I think the Flyers have weakened their current team, but they got a solid return for their future. I would say they have a very good chance of coming out winners in these trades, but in the interim I don't think they will be contenders next year. *second addendum* Bryzgalov signing reported to be 9 yrs, $51M per the NHL Network. Shocking term for a guy that's not young, but not a terrible cap hit...$5.667M if my math serves me correctly? I don't think he will be worth it...but it's more palatable than the 7 yrs, $51M contract that was originally rumored.

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Big rise in salary cap coming

I think most of us were expecting the cap to rise around $3M, but TSN is reporting that the cap ceiling will increase to $64 M this year, a rise of almost $5M from the current ceiling.This may...

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Comparing CSS and ISS rankings

The NHL's Central Scouting Service provides the best-known and most often cited rankings of draft-eligible prospects, but the International Scouting Service and other organizations/draft pundits...

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Defensive Depth Part 2: Cup Finalists and the Devils' Future

Part 1 of my campaign for defensive depth focused on three current playoff teams and their stories this past season.  I will continue on by looking at recent Cup-winning bluelines and the Devils'...

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Defensive Depth Part 1: Three Cases From 2010-11

I read two articles today which reinforced in my mind the notion that the Devils need to do everything they can to bolster their defensive depth, but not necessarily acquire the "stud" defenseman...

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Time to Rebuild

Dare I say the R word, which I'm sure has never crossed the mind of Lou Lamoriello in his tenure as Devils GM?  22 years ago, the Devils made the playoffs for the first time, and they haven't...

Sturm dealt to LA

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What the Bruins are getting in return isn't known yet, but it will be interesting to see, because I'm sure it was Boston putting on the pressure to make the trade right now, and the Devils may be in the same situation when Zach returns in February, or maybe even sooner, when Salvador is ready to return. I can only guess that with Savard's impending return, Boston wanted to pre-empt any cap difficulty when Sturm returns. LA isn't playing well, but Sturm won't be back for a few weeks and there wasn't any reason for LA to pull the trigger now. It also sure doesn't quench LA's thirst for a top-line forward - they will be going hard after Brad Richards and Semin at the trade deadline and I'm sure like any other team they'll be looking at veteran Dmen to provide an extra layer of insurance in case of injuries.

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Three Games That Will Make or Break This Season

In a previous fanpost on Nov 2nd (when the Devils had 7 pts in 13 games), I opined that time to turn the season around and make the playoffs was running out.  My prediction at the time was that if...

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How Ilya Kovalchuk Scored Goals: 2007 - Present

User dr(d)evil went through as much video as available on Ilya Kovalchuk's goals since 2007, recorded how they were scored, and comes to a conclusion on how he should be utilized. This fanpost is a...

ISS Top 30

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Just saying....we might be picking a lot closer to the top of this list than we're used to.... Should the Devils miss the playoffs they would be guaranteed the chance to draft one of the top 14 players on this list. People have lamented that there is no clear-cut #1 guaranteed superstar this year, but I personally think every draft year gets better and better. It's turning into quite the young man's league. There's a wealth of right-shooting defensemen in the top 15 (an immediate and future need on this team - Taormina, Urbom, Merrill, Eckford, Gelinas, and Burlon all shoot left), but personally I'm looking for an offensive-minded center with a late birthday (Ryan Nugent-Hopkins if the Devils continue to suck at their current suckly pace, Ryan Strome if they manage to suck a little less). The ISS list is better formatted here. P.S. I'm not saying let's stick a fork in the Devils' playoff chances....yet.

Flyers re-sign Jeff Carter

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11 yrs, $5.27M cap hit, takes him to age 37. Not a great signing, in my opinion. First, I'm not a fan of contracts that end between age 35 and 38. They're long enough to make you uncomfortable and worried about a player's decline but not long enough to bring down the cap hit significantly. To me, Carter will be a 35G, 35A kind of guy whose value on a 5-6 yr deal is probably about $5.5M, so the Flyers didn't get much cap relief by extending the length of his contract. I think the Flyers did a great job with Giroux's contract, but I think they would have been better served by signing Carter to a short deal and trading him at some point in the next three years. Carter is their fourth-best forward and sixth-best player, in my estimation, and this type of contract should be reserved for one of your top-three players.

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Time to turn it around is running out

The magic number to get into the playoffs since the lockout and institution of the shootout has been between 90 and 95 in the Eastern Conference.  Let's say you need to get to 93 pts this year. W...

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Elias at center?

During his post-game interview following last night's 2-1 win over the Ducks, Patrik Elias stated that he enjoys playing center and hopes to continue doing so.  He likes that he gets the puck on...

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How to structure a new Parise contract?

I'm sure we'd all love to re-sign Zach Parise to a long-term contract and make him a Devil for life, but any such deal is going to have to differ from the Kovalchuk contract, since we have new...

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Cap Implications of a 15 yr/$100M contract: Who will go?

There was a lot of discussion on prior FanPosts about which players would be moved to make room for Ilya Kovalchuk's now-rejected 17 yr/$102M contract.  Though many still hold out hope that some...

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How many points can we expect out of Kovalchuk?

We all know what Ilya Kovalchuk has done since he broke into the league eight seasons ago.  He has scored 40+ goals in six straight seasons and been over a point per game in 5 of the last 6.  He...

Zach Parise comments on Kovalchuk and his future with Devils

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Nothing too crazy here, but I think there's some nervousness in his comments that the Devils might break the bank for Kovy and make it impossible to compensate Zach appropriately. He also doesn't talk about how a long-term deal for Kovy could give them a powerful tandem for many years, he only says "Right now, it’s more to the point of what’s going to help us win next year and the year after. A guy like (Kovalchuk) will help us."

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Comparing Mega-Contracts in the Cap Era

Rumors out of the NY Post are running wild that the Devils have offered a 17-year, $100+ million contract to Ilya Kovalchuk, structured to pay him nearly all of the money in the first 10 years.  I...

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Needed: cheap offensive defensemen

As pleased as many Devils fans seem to be about the signings of Henrik Tallinder and Anton Volchenkov, the loss of Paul Martin has left the Devils with a terrible lack of offensive defensemen...

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Is Anyone Else More Stressed than Excited?

It's almost July 1st!  And yet we have to wait another 12 hrs for free agency to even begin and probably another few hours after that to hear any news. I'm sitting here at home with a pile of work...

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What If We Got Played By Kovy and the Thrashers?

Just for fun.  What if Kovy wanted to get traded so that the Thrashers could stock their shelves, and had every intent of returning to an improved Thrashers team as a free agent?  A more serious...

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