Around The NHL (Part XLII)
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02-13-2013, 10:41 AM
Join Date: Apr 2004
People ask themselves how on earth New Jersey Devils can be so good year after year after year.
For several years people have counted them out the last 9 years almost, but I can basically not think of one time that they have dumped a vet to get younger players. They are regulary bring in vets like Sykora or the likes, or when people thought they would crash and burn they invested heavily in the present in someone like Danius Zubrus. Nobody believed much in them before the PO's last season, but they gave up picks and prospects for Zidlicky who was their nr 1 D in a run that got them to the Stanley Cup Finals.
Detroit seems to finally have hit a rut, but for a long time people said that nobody could compare with them because they had Z, Dats and co instantly take over after their old guard. But NJD certainly didn't have that. Brodeur hasn't been good since like 06', he has been a product of his team as much as anyone the last handful of years atleast.
They are just trying to be as good as possible every year. How many other teams in the East can you say that about this season? A single one? Boston? Pittsburgh? 2-3? If that. We are certainly not in that mode. Slats are holding those 2nd and 3rd rounders or Christian Thomas's thight.
Who is doing the right thing? Who would have played in the Stanley Cup Finals last season if we would have given up a 2nd to get Zidlicky and like a couple of more assets like that to get say a Jason Arnott and Steve Bernier to give us a 4th line?
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