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04-25-2006, 12:57 PM
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Funny what was being said in January!

This pretty much sums up what all the experts were saying in January.
This is from The Hockey New's mid season report.

"NEW JERSEY Devils
3rd in Atlantic (19-18-5, 43 points)

The Devils are the hockey equivalent of a snooze button. Since the end of the lockout, the Devils were clearly among the least prepared teams for the new NHL. Things fell apart in the first half, including the retirement Vladimir Malakhov and assignment of Dan McGillis to the AHL. Both were expected to help replace the departed Scott Stevens (retirement) and Scott Niedermayer (free agency). Instead, they nearly drove coach Larry Robinson to a nervous breakdown. The latter decided to resign from his post, so longtime GM Lou Lamoriello has taken over behind the bench. As strange as it sounds, the Devils now appear headed towards a rebuilding phase.

Will they make the playoffs? NO.


Back in the day who would've know???

Anyhow, DEVILS in FIVE!!!

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04-25-2006, 01:11 PM
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This pretty much sums up what all the experts were saying in January.
This is from The Hockey New's mid season report.

"NEW JERSEY Devils
3rd in Atlantic (19-18-5, 43 points)

The Devils are the hockey equivalent of a snooze button. Since the end of the lockout, the Devils were clearly among the least prepared teams for the new NHL. Things fell apart in the first half, including the retirement Vladimir Malakhov and assignment of Dan McGillis to the AHL. Both were expected to help replace the departed Scott Stevens (retirement) and Scott Niedermayer (free agency). Instead, they nearly drove coach Larry Robinson to a nervous breakdown. The latter decided to resign from his post, so longtime GM Lou Lamoriello has taken over behind the bench. As strange as it sounds, the Devils now appear headed towards a rebuilding phase.

Will they make the playoffs? NO.


Back in the day who would've know???

Anyhow, DEVILS in FIVE!!!
Nice! You will never see any sort of correction on this either.

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04-25-2006, 01:16 PM
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Originally Posted by NJDFAN
This pretty much sums up what all the experts were saying in January.
This is from The Hockey New's mid season report.

"NEW JERSEY Devils
3rd in Atlantic (19-18-5, 43 points)

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Will they make the playoffs? NO.
Do you know who the author of that article is, or is it just from the editorial staff?

19-18-5 was the Devils record after their 3-2 win on January 7 at Buffalo. Here were the Atlantic Division standings after the games of January 7:

1. PHI 27- 8- 6 60 PTS
2. NYR 23-12-7 53 PTS
3. NJD 19-18-5 43 PTS
4. NYI 18-21-2 38 PTS
5. PIT 11-21-9 31 PTS

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04-25-2006, 01:23 PM
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Well, it was a tough time and it did not look like we were going to make it to the playoffs, but the writer exaggerated too much by claiming a "rebuilding phase" was near. There is never a rebuilding phase in Lou's book. Every year he puts out a club that can compete in the playoffs; nothing less.

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Nice! You will never see any sort of correction on this either.
Nice avatar!
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Well, it was a tough time and it did not look like we were going to make it to the playoffs, but the writer exaggerated too much by claiming a "rebuilding phase" was near. There is never a rebuilding phase in Lou's book. Every year he puts out a club that can compete in the playoffs; nothing less.
The rebuilding phase was from December 18 until January 3. The Devils emerged from that rebuilding phase nicely.

Also, I should point out that Sports Illustrated picked the Rangers for 30th. I believe the same prediction picked Calgary 1st, the Flyers 2nd and the Devils 11th.

I think someone at ESPN thought that the Flyers would finish 30 Points higher than the Devils.

For the record, I thought that the Devils would make the playoffs if they could be around .500 when Elias returned. I didn't think they could would the division. I still can't believe that they did. There was a point where all the Rangers had to do was play .500 hockey and they would finish ahead of the Devils even if New Jersey won all their remaining games. Well, the Devils did win all of those games, and the Rangers didn't play .500 hockey.

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The rebuilding phase was from December 18 until January 3. The Devils emerged from that rebuilding phase nicely.
What did we do during that time? We still had Mogilny, McGillis, and Langdon in our lineup.

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To be fair, hindsight is 20/20. If someone on these boards had predicted in early January that the Devils would rip off 2 winning streaks accounting for 20 of our wins, win every game in April, catch up to the Flyers and the Rangers and win the division...do you think they would have been taken seriously?

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What did we do during that time? We still had Mogilny, McGillis, and Langdon in our lineup.
... got rid of them, and got Elias back from his illness.

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This pretty much sums up what all the experts were saying in January.
This is from The Hockey New's mid season report.

"NEW JERSEY Devils
3rd in Atlantic (19-18-5, 43 points)

The Devils are the hockey equivalent of a snooze button. Since the end of the lockout, the Devils were clearly among the least prepared teams for the new NHL. Things fell apart in the first half, including the retirement Vladimir Malakhov and assignment of Dan McGillis to the AHL. Both were expected to help replace the departed Scott Stevens (retirement) and Scott Niedermayer (free agency). Instead, they nearly drove coach Larry Robinson to a nervous breakdown. The latter decided to resign from his post, so longtime GM Lou Lamoriello has taken over behind the bench. As strange as it sounds, the Devils now appear headed towards a rebuilding phase.

Will they make the playoffs? NO.


Back in the day who would've know???

Anyhow, DEVILS in FIVE!!!
I can see devils in five the way the games have been officiated.

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... got rid of them, and got Elias back from his illness.
Regardless, a rebuilding phase is a complete overhaul of the team's lineup like the Rangers did after their last season.

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Nice avatar!
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He is cooking up some Jagr stew.

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To be fair, hindsight is 20/20. If someone on these boards had predicted in early January that the Devils would rip off 2 winning streaks accounting for 20 of our wins, win every game in April, catch up to the Flyers and the Rangers and win the division...do you think they would have been taken seriously?
I agree with you. However, it just seems that so many got so much pleasure out of the Devils early failures. By the way, I noticed that Spongebob is hiding out in the Kings thread. I guess he has nothing much to say these day’s.

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To be fair, hindsight is 20/20. If someone on these boards had predicted in early January that the Devils would rip off 2 winning streaks accounting for 20 of our wins, win every game in April, catch up to the Flyers and the Rangers and win the division...do you think they would have been taken seriously?
I agree. I'm just saying that I thought they would make the playoffs if they could get Elias back with the team being around .500.

The Deivls were only 3 Points behind the 8th place Lightning on New Year's Day. Here were the standings on January 1:
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Rank	CLUB	W	L	OT	PTS	
 1.	OTT	27	6	3	57
 2.	PHI	24	8	6	54
 3.	CAR	24	10	4	52
 4.	BUF	26	11	2	54
 5.	NYR	22	12	5	49
 6.	TOR	22	14	3	47
 7.	MTL 	18	13	6	42
 8.	TBL 	19	17	3	41
 9.	ATL	16	17	6	38
10.	NJD	16	18	6	38
11.	NYI 	17	18	2	36
12.	FLO	15	20	5	35
13.	BOS	14	18	6	34
14.	WAS	13	20	3	29
15.	PIT	10	19	8	28

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He is cooking up some Jagr stew.
Might you want to drink Lou's Kool-Aid and playoffize your avatar? I could use your screen-name down the side.

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Somebody should do an avatar of Jagr rabbit-punching Gomez.

With a caption saying "Forearm Shiver"

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Somebody should do an avatar of Jagr rabbit-punching Gomez.

With a caption saying "Forearm Shiver"
Or better yet an avator of Jaromina Jagr leaving the ice and heading to the dressing room with his left shoulder hanging 6 inches lower then his right!!!

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I think someone at ESPN thought that the Flyers would finish 30 Points higher than the Devils.
It was Buccigross, and he said they would win their division by 20 points, one of the worst predictions of the year.

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It was Buccigross, and he said they would win their division by 20 points, one of the worst predictions of the year.
I should have known. Was that where he said that the Devils should trade Brodeur as soon as things don't go well?

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I should have known. Was that where he said that the Devils should trade Brodeur as soon as things don't go well?
I didn't read that part, but I wouldn't put it past him though.

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Here is the thread about the Buccigross article started by Unthinkable in August of 2005.

Buccigross said that the Flyers are "clearly the class of the division. They will win the Atlantic by at least 25 points."

Here is a link to a Google cached complete post of the Buccigross article. It was on an Atlanta Thrashers board.

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At this point, I find them small, soft and generally uninteresting.
Ahem, insert "That's what she said" joke here.

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That's some brilliant stuff there Mr. Buccigross.

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