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In Topic: The Holiday tradition: 2016 Draft thoughts.....

Yesterday, 03:25 PM

We are hardly overloaded in goal. We have one young goalie we know can play (Mrazek). Whether any of Coreau, Patterson et al pan out is anyone's guess. It never hurts to freshen the pipeline at that incredibly unpredictable position.

In Topic: Datsyuk - someone who works for JLA told me he's sold his house

12 June 2016 - 11:00 AM

I've asked this before and I think it's worth asking again. With Mr. I. possibly out of the day-to-day operations of the team due to age and heath, how do we know the decision-makers still intend to spend whatever it takes, the way he did? Maybe the next generation would rather maximize profits than spend to and beyond the limit every year. Taking a big contract we have to pay in exchange for one we don't have to pay (Pronger for Datsyuk) presumes we don't mind spending money and getting nothing in return. I believe Mr. I. was that way, but don't know that's the case for whoever is making the ultimate financial decisions these days.

In Topic: Datsyuk - someone who works for JLA told me he's sold his house

10 June 2016 - 06:55 PM

The market for cap hits has started to get set. Devils took on Marc Savard's salary PLUS got a 2018 second-rounder for two minor leaguers, one of them 27 years old. I'd say that indicates we're going to have to give up something of value along with Datsyuk, and won't get much of value back.

In Topic: Datsyuk - someone who works for JLA told me he's sold his house

21 May 2016 - 08:39 AM

I remain worried that with Mike Illitch's influence on things possibly waning due to age and health, the actual decision makers in the org may not be as willing to spend to the max each year as he was. The idea the Illitchs would order KH to trade a contract that doesn't have to be paid so that they can use that money on someone else presupposes that they want to spend money and aren't interested in saving where it's possible to do so. I'm not so sure about that.

In Topic: Jim Bedard gone... Ferschweiler demoted

12 May 2016 - 08:48 AM

Mrazek seemed to regress compared to when? He's only been in the NHL for a year and a handful of games beyond that, and has been wildly inconsistent the entire time. I don't know if anyon can reliably say what his actual baseline is at this point. Is he the elite goalie who can get shutouts every other game who has just had average or bad games regularly, or is he an average goalie who has had a handful of games where he played beyond his ability? A season and a half of games isn't going to tell you the answer to that one.


Compared to the first three-four months of the season. In the late stages and even when he was playing fairly well in the playoffs, he was surrendering more and bigger rebounds than earlier in the season, and some of his angles were terrible. I agree he's far from fully formed but given the trajectory he had been on, to me that's regression and the coach bears some responsibility for it.