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#41 Bring Back The Bruise Bros

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Posted 23 April 2010 - 11:27 AM

but Keith and Seabrook will be neither of those... they are the CORE of their defense... I'm sure they'll get someone to take Campbell's bloated contract by attaching someone like Versteeg or Sharp to the deal, for little in return, basically trading cap space for value...

Sharp and Campbell to Carolina for high picks, prospects and maybe someone like Alexandre Picard in return?

I could see something like that happening... Carolina gets a bonafide top 6 guy and a top 4 D and Chicago gets some prospects and high picks and a ton of cap relief... makes sense to me...

Sharp and Versteeg have been rumored to be leaving ever since the deadline.
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Posted 23 April 2010 - 11:52 AM

i actually called this upset. philly beat devils 5 times out of 6 regular season, devils kryptonite

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Posted 23 April 2010 - 11:58 AM

Why is this a surprise? Philly has owned Jersey all year.

Brodeur has now been outplayed in the playoffs since the lockout by guys like Ray Emery, Brian Boucher and Cam Ward.

Yet no one in the hockey media is as willing to criticize him as they are willing to suck him off whenever Jersey wins. I'm tired of the blind love Fatso gets.

Yeah, I can't believe this. Who would've thought Philly would even win the series - let alone be the first team to do so?


I did, and I also picked Boston to beat Buffalo.

I'm on pace to go 8-0 right now the way things are looking. :yowza: First time for everything I guess.
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Posted 23 April 2010 - 12:09 PM

Why is this a surprise? Philly has owned Jersey all year.

Brodeur has now been outplayed in the playoffs since the lockout by guys like Ray Emery, Brian Boucher and Cam Ward.

Yet no one in the hockey media is as willing to criticize him as they are willing to suck him off whenever Jersey wins. I'm tired of the blind love Fatso gets.

Considering the voters love affair with the Games Played and Shut Outs stats for goalies, he could continue to pull in Vezina nominations for the next 5 years... with 5 more first-round exits.
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Posted 23 April 2010 - 12:15 PM

Considering the voters love affair with the Games Played and Shut Outs stats for goalies, he could continue to pull in Vezina nominations for the next 5 years... with 5 more first-round exits.


I just know that the NHL media will blame Kovalchuk or Jersey's other offensive stars, and will leave Brodeur mostly free of blame.

I hate that he has earned some kind of immunity for winning Cups by playing on defensive minded teams that employed the "trap". He deserves a lot of blame in this series and for their previous playoff failures. No way should "the greatest goalie ever" (yeah right) be outplayed by Brian Boucher.
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Posted 23 April 2010 - 12:24 PM

Speaking of overrating Brodeur. Have you guys watched any Devils games with the Devils feed? I don't know what's the name of the commentator there (Chico maybe?) but after EVERY goal the Devils allow he's trying to explain why Brodeur had no chance on that one. It's just so ridiculous to listen as he always blames the defenders or the luck or just praises how the shot was the best he has seen. Brodeur makes no mistakes, I guess.
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Posted 23 April 2010 - 12:33 PM

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Posted 23 April 2010 - 12:40 PM

Sept 4, 2009 - Flyers v Wings finals prediction

course right afterword I predicted Leino would be scoring 35...oops.

I at least got the coyotes not in Canada thing right!

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Posted 23 April 2010 - 12:44 PM

I'm honestly not that surprised - the Flyers ran roughshod over them in the regular season, and have a lot of players who are built for the playoffs. New Jersey has a recent history of playoff disappointment, so it's nice to see them keep that up.

Shame about Carter and Gagne though. It will be interesting to see Leino try to adapt to postseason NHL hockey.
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Posted 23 April 2010 - 01:13 PM

Why is this a surprise? Philly has owned Jersey all year.

Brodeur has now been outplayed in the playoffs since the lockout by guys like Ray Emery, Brian Boucher and Cam Ward.

Yet no one in the hockey media is as willing to criticize him as they are willing to suck him off whenever Jersey wins. I'm tired of the blind love Fatso gets.



I did, and I also picked Boston to beat Buffalo.

I'm on pace to go 8-0 right now the way things are looking. :yowza: First time for everything I guess.

It's a surprise, because they're not the same teams, AT ALL, that met in the regular season...

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Posted 23 April 2010 - 01:21 PM

I was going to start a thread on this when it happened but I couldnt find the "start new thread" button!

I was so happy that the Devils lost. Brodeur has now had first round exits the last 3 years, if I remember correctly. They are so boring to watch and killed my fantasy team when they picked up Kovy, and killed his season. F the Devils.
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Posted 23 April 2010 - 02:01 PM

Speaking of overrating Brodeur. Have you guys watched any Devils games with the Devils feed? I don't know what's the name of the commentator there (Chico maybe?) but after EVERY goal the Devils allow he's trying to explain why Brodeur had no chance on that one. It's just so ridiculous to listen as he always blames the defenders or the luck or just praises how the shot was the best he has seen. Brodeur makes no mistakes, I guess.


Yep, they'll never say a single bad thing about Brodeur on the local telecasts. It's amazing. Contrast that with Ken, Mickey and Larry who will be brutally honest if Jimmy or Ozzie let in a goal that they shouldn't have. The fact of the matter is that Brodeur hasn't been very good at all in the past few years when it matters most (and that includes the Olympics).

Look at his stats for the past three postseasons:

2010:
1-4, 3.01 GAA, .881 SV%

2009:
3-4, 2.39 GAA, .929 SV%

2008:
1-4, 3.19 GAA, .891 SV%

It could be argued that playing seven games in 2009 made Brodeur's stats better than they might have otherwise been, but it's still a first round exit. Like I said earlier, he's not completely to blame - you can't win if you don't score - but Marty's not helping things by basically guaranteeing that his offense has to score at least 4 goals a game to have a shot at winning.

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Posted 23 April 2010 - 02:03 PM

Yep, they'll never say a single bad thing about Brodeur on the local telecasts. It's amazing. Contrast that with Ken, Mickey and Larry who will be brutally honest if Jimmy or Ozzie let in a goal that they shouldn't have. The fact of the matter is that Brodeur hasn't been very good at all in the past few years when it matters most (and that includes the Olympics).

Look at his stats for the past three postseasons:

2010:
1-4, 3.01 GAA, .881 SV%

2009:
3-4, 2.39 GAA, .929 SV%

2008:
1-4, 3.19 GAA, .891 SV%

It could be argued that playing seven games in 2009 made Brodeur's stats better than they might have otherwise been, but it's still a first round exit. Like I said earlier, he's not completely to blame - you can't win if you don't score - but Marty's not helping things by basically guaranteeing that his offense has to score at least 4 goals a game to have a shot at winning.

pretty telling stats...

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Here in this one as well

Here in this one too

and finally

Here


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Posted 23 April 2010 - 04:56 PM

He's not the right kind of goalie for today's game. He's still a great goaltender tho.

He made himself known playing in games where he had a bit more room. Today's game everyone is crowding the net, making goalies a much more precision and tactics game, compared to the pure ability to stop a shot (you can see).

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Posted 24 April 2010 - 06:24 AM

I thought for sure Philadelphia would be done when both Emery and Leighton went down, leaving journeyman Brian Boucher as their starting netminder. Gotta tip my hat to him, he was great in this series.

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Posted 24 April 2010 - 03:06 PM

In goalie terms Brodeur is old. Most goalies roll over and die by the time they reach 37. I think he's still good, but he's not great anymore. I won't hold it against him because he's accomplished everything he's ever wanted to do.

Impotence happens...Brodeur is just the latest victim.

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Posted 24 April 2010 - 03:32 PM

And it means the earliest that a Washington - Pittsburgh series can happen is...

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Posted 24 April 2010 - 03:41 PM

f***it. Let's do 1997 again.

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Posted 24 April 2010 - 08:32 PM

f***it. Let's do 1997 again.

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Posted 25 April 2010 - 08:21 AM

I agree with Brodeur playing wwaayy too much in the regular series but do Devils have a guy that compliments Kovie playing? In Atlanta he had Savard for a season or 2...
I dont see a player of Savards type in the Devils roster.





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