What puck moving defender would your team trade???
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10-25-2009, 08:44 PM
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I can't comment about Eckford but I know that Corrente was a major dissapointment in camp. Both are hardly good puck movers at this time.
And I never said anything about the Devils "trading half the roster." All I said was that I find it laughable that anyone could believe that the Devils could even replace half of Martin's ability from within.
And I'm tired of hearing about Lou "taking his time and being patient." Where the hell has that gotten the Devils the past few years? The Devils won their cups with bold moves. Malakhov for Souray; McKay and Arnott for Nieuwendyk and Langenbrunner; Kozlov for Berglund; Rolston for Lemieux; which one of these moves showed Lou being "patient and taking his time"? What the hell has been Lou's boldest move since the lockout? Trading for Nik Havelid?
I'm not suggesting Lou should panic and sell the farm for Tomas Kaberle, but every time something appeared to have been wrong Lou has attempted to handle it by either calling up some journeyman from the minors or trading for a depth piece.
The Devils lost Brodeur and still won the division. Woopdie ****ing doo. They then proceeded to collapse at home in game 7 of the first round. A bunch of first and 2nd round exits is acceptable for a team like the Rangers who has been a pile of **** for previous years. A team like the Devils, who has been a winner in the recent past and has the "greatest goalie of all time" in net, shouldn't accept such mediocrity.
Once again, I'm not suggesting blowing up the roster, but the idea that Lou's "safe" approach, which has failed since the lockout, is now suddenly going to work, is a laughable idea. The only thing Lou seems inclined to ever change is his head coach, and no matter who has been at the head recently the same results have occurred.
difference between the Rangers and the Devils. It's not a team based around "big name players" but players based in a "team concept". We can lose Gomez, Holik, Rafalski, Madden, Niedermayer, etc, etc, etc... and not lose a step. Lou will always find a way to make this team competitive no matter what happens. If you think that we dropped the ball last year against Carolina in the 1st round, you might be right but last time I checked there's only one team that won Lord Stanley, so there's 29 other teams that failed. Working with a salary cap isn't the same thing it was when you could trade who ever to whom ever without worrying about $$$. Look at the Hawks (or closer to home, the Rangers
) who signed Campbell, Huet, Hossa, Madden, etc... now they're screwed cause it leaves them zero flexibility to resign RFA's like Toews, Kane and Keith. It's a business and the best way to "invest" is to get the best return for your buck. We have Mike Mottau who is a solid d-men and earns peanuts... you have Redden who is almost on the same level and earns 6M$. Lou has not made a "important" move in a long time but who's to say that he didn't try ?!?!? You might want something but if the other party doesn't want to "dance", there's really not much you can do.
Matt Corrente and Tyler Eckford can do the job for a short period of time, no doubt about it. Corrente had a awesome training camp last year but the same thing can't be said this year. Eckford had a good training camp and a solid pre-season so saying that he's not able to prove himself in the big league is a strech. Can you honestly tell me that you thought Del Zotto was gonna put up the #'s he's putting at the moment ??? There's this perception that the Devils have no depth and that they have zero relief once the "big names" will be gone but to the surprise of everyone, they'll be on top... ONCE AGAIN !!!
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The biggest problem the Devils have right now is ZERO depth. At the very least they should have made signings for Lowell in the offseason. Now, faced with critical injuries to critical players, instead of being able to call up a capable stop-gap, the years and years of mediocre drafts have finally caught up.
Unfortunately, if Martin is done for a long time, your hands are tied. Lou either does something or watch his offense and defense sink as Colin White tries his best impersonation of a competent defender.
The New Jersey Devils and Lou Lamoriello have done wonders with this team over the last 20 years or so. They missed the playoffs once in the last what, 15 or 16 years !!! We were drafting in the mid/late 20's for the past decade, so adding depth like the bottom feeding teams that picked in the top 10 wasn't gonna happen and throwing big bucks for UFA's isn't "the Devils way" of doing business. Saying that our depth is weak is not accurate at all. The Devils won't pick the B.P.A. in a draft... they'll pick wich ever player is best suited for our "system". We don't have to throw $$$ at every big name UFA that's available during the summer cause that's not the way we do things in Devils land. They have a mindset that no other team (maybe Detroit and Buffalo) has and that's built your team from within and not vice-versa.
Like I've mentionned before, we've been losing key players for years and yet, we managed to always be part of the elite. It's a team game and the fact that we've been dressing a mediocre defense (on paper) for the past 5 years or so, we've been able to finish on top. The players don't make the system but the system can make a player.
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