He isn't as young as he once was. Playing with new line mates. I still have fate in the old fart that it will get going for him. He could score 5 goals on Marty every night and he would still be my favorite devil.
he's not lifting, so his role is going to have to be diminished. problem is that there's really no #2 C out there, so it's not like you're doing Kovalchuk a favor bumping him up.
this team is just brutally constructed. alot of things that had to happen, aren't happening.
This is the truth. If venting makes people feel better than by all means do it. The sad truth is this is what we have now as a team and probably not much besides some purging can be done if the players don't pick up their game.
Elias is one of my favorite players and he's been a huge part of the Devils for a while now. Have to give him the benefit of the doubt for now and see if this is just a slump or if it's just a result of bad coaching or external factors right now.
If this keeps up though, then this Devils team is due for a relatively large turnover the next two or three years.
I may be the only one, but I still see a team that looks totally uncoached. They don't play a system, they don't have a defined forecheck structure, they don't have set lines, they don't know where teammates are on the ice, they don't have any organization on defense. I really have to say MacLean is absolutely the worst coach I have ever seen at any level of professional hockey, bar-none.
Once Larry gets promoted, I think a lot of people around here will be VERY surprised how much better they start to look. Of course, with the kind of start we've had, we may have already missed the playoffs.
Montreal wants a left winger to play with Gomez and Gionta....how about reuniting the EGG line up there by dealing Patty for Hal Gill, Travis Moen and a 2nd round pick? It take 4 mill off our cap hit, gives us a big tough body on D (which we thought we had a lot of but apparently they're all out hurt right now) and saves us $6 mil a year for the next 2.
With Kovy back on LW and Zach there too...and than ROLFston coming back in a few weeks, we have the LW covered. Bring up Tedenby to add some speed to the line-up..Patty's definitely slowed down.
He's probably one of our better tradeable assets but he does have a NTC.
sorry, i dont want to trade patty. or parise. or any of our offensivemen...well, I would trade langs for a steamed pebble****, but thats all. we have the sickest team right now. if mac is using a system at all, he needs to sit with lou, larry, and adam and re-tool it. thats all. id be ok with them going back to trapping...creating chances off of NZ turnovers, with this lineup, would be ridiculous. plus, that system would help support our admittedly suckass defense. some days i want mac fired, some i dont, but if he is willing to make changes, we will be ok without trading away our franchise points/goals/whatever leader and parise, who we all know is the absolute boobies. just my 2 cents
For czech version of the biggest european ice hockey magazine - ProHockey Patty said in interview: "as soon as I knew Arnie`s coming back I sent him a message - you have to start practicing, you`ve probably forgotten how fast I am".