Tuesday, March 31, 2009


I'm back! Sorry but having a new baby around the house has been too much! But now I can't take it anymore. These past five games have got all Devils fans as hot as the fires in hell. Yes you heard me right.

So what is going on, well here is my little take on the whole shit storm that has happened the past five games.
1) The Devils are getting run like a deer caught in the headlights of an 18-wheeler. Parise has gotten laid out the past few games, Marty is getting run and our defenseman are being pressured into turnovers and taken out by forwards who are told to run us through a brick wall. And what do our players do back, we hit like PUSSIES. YES, you heard me right fans, we hit like little bitches and that doesn't win come playoffs.
2) The Penalty Kill just blows. We are letting teams just set up and their are no pressure on the point men and we are allowing passes right through the center of our passive box. Again we are not going after the puck, they are so worried about positioning. Go force their players along the boards and at the points. Make them feel some fear from our penalty kill.
3) Take out Parise and there is no offense. Are Zubrus and Gionta dead? Cause they have done shit in February and March, Gionta has 7G-9A in 26 games (he had 41 points in first 49 games) and Zubrus has (wait listen to these pathetic 2nd line center numbers, here it comes) 3G-6A in 26 games. Hell Rolston and Shanahan are nowhere to be found either. Rolston has 6G-8A in 26 games and Shanahan, who has 3G in first 5 games, has 2G-6A in last 23 games.
4) Shots, Shots Shots! And I don't mean of Tequila. All teams are doing now are shooting from anywhere and watch side angle shots are low at Marty's pads where he can't control teh rebounds and the puck just lies there for people to clear. Get some fucking blocked shots.
5) 552. The chase took alot out of them and they were playing playoff hockey to get Marty to 552, so they hit a wall after it has happened. While at the same time other teams are just now playing playoff hockey cause they are desperate.

So what to do:
1) Put Shanahan with someone who can score and get him the puck.
2) Change the lines, except for the ZZ Pop line. Elias-Zubrus-Shanahan, Rolston-Madden-Gionta, Pandolfo-Holik-Clarkson.
3) Bring a forward up from Lowell. Halischuk, just some new blood. Scare some players and see what they can do for a game or two.
4) Hit everyone in sight. This next game run over Crosby and Malkin like they they road kill. Which defenseman will step up and be the Scott Stevens type, saying don't you come this way or you will leave on a stretcher.
5) Take less penalties and be more aggressive on the penalty kill.
6) Maybe have the refs give us some early power-plays. Oh, ya thats right we don't dive like that fags who play at MSG.
7) The next time anyone sees Avery on the ice, if he doesn't drop the gloves start pounding his face with their fists, we will see if he starts swinging then.
8) Control the puck and get back the aggressive forecheck. We are playing without the puck and sitting back. We need the puck more.
9) Get the breakout going.
10) lastly, get hunry and hurt the other team. Make them bleed and feel pain.

Sorry for all the mispellings, but I am too pissed off right now!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Devils Need To Bounce Back After Disaster On Long Island

After their worst defeat of the year, a 7-3 trouncing to the young Islanders, the Devils know that they need to bounce back and right the ship in the final 17 games of the regular season.

Sutter spoke this week to many of the veteran players, all of whom need to step up their game as they head towards the playoffs. Players like Zubrus, Elias, Gionta, Shahahan, Madden and Rolston are all players that Sutter expects to see them games rise to the level of play he expects come playoff time.

The line of Zubrus-Elias-Gionta are the key to how far the Devils can go in their Stanley Cup run. The line was a key producer offensivelly during the Devils long winning streak in the middle of the season. Even though Elias has kept up his scoring pace, Gionta has (4G-8A) in his last 21 game while he had (11G-27A) in the first 43 games, while Zubrus has been a big dissapointment with (2G-4A) in his last 22 games, while he had (11G-17A) in his first 43 games.

If the Devils are able to win against Calgary and Phoenix, it will set up the opportunity for Brodeur to tie Patrick Roy's record in Montreal and then have a chance to break it at home against the Blackhawks at home on St. Patrick's Day.

Devil Notes:
- Havelid played 19:28 in his debut with the Devils and was a minus-2.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Devils Getting Help While Not Playing

As of Thursday, the New Jersey Devils were 6 points behind the Boston Bruins for first in the Eastern Conference with 18 games remaining. They also had the Flyers and Capitals nipping at their heels. Well Thursday they got some help as the Bruins, Flyers and Capitals all lost.

With Bostons 2-1 loss to Phoenix, the Devils remain 6 points behind Boston with a game at hand. The Devils and Bruins play one more time, Sunday, March 22nd. The Bruins are 3-6-3 after a fast start to the season. Maybe, just maybe the NHL will make this the game of the week, the two best teams in the Eastern Conference, instead of the Rangers or Penguins.

Coming from behind are the Capitals and Flyers. With last nights 5-1 loss to Calgary, the Flyers remain 9 points behind the Devils but still have a game at hand. The way the Devils are playing it is all but seemingly their division to win and possibly by the end of March.

The Capitals 2-1 loss last night against the Toronto Maple Leafs, keeps the Devils 2 points ahead of the Capitals with 2 games at hand. The Capitals have struggled of late as well, losing 3 straight and five of their last eight games.

Anyway it plays out, the Devils seem to be on a collision course with the Rangers or Penguins in a first round match-up. If it was me I would be hoping to avoid those guys and prey we land the Panthers or Canadians. But one thing for sure, the Devils do have a real shot at being the #1 seed in the Eastern Conference.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Beyond Havelid, Devils Remain Silent at Trade Deadline

The 2009 NHL trade deadline came and went and the New Jersey Devils remained intact, except for the addition of Nicholas Havelid. As of 3:57pm on Wednesday, a total of 20 traded were made on deadline day.

The big winners were the Calgary Flames who added Oli Jokinen and Jordan Leopold. The big additions in Calgary prompted the San Jose Sharks to act as they later added Travis Moen and Kent Huskins from Anaheim, while at the same time sent defenseman Kyle McLaren to Philadelphia.

The other team out west that made a big splash were the Phoenix Coyotes. The Coyotes sent Jokinen, Morris and Caracillo out of the desert. In return they got a load of NHL ready players in Petr Prucha, Nigel Dawes, Dmitiri Kalinin, Scottie Upshall, Matthew Lombardi and Brandon Prust.

But as all Devils fans care about is what happened in the Eastern Conference. All Atlantic Division rivals were active at the deadline.

The Rangers added Nik ANtropov and Derek Morris, but gave up draft picks and player Petr Prucha, Nigel Dawes and Dmitiri Kalinin. Along with those players Aaron Voros and Erik Reitz were put on waivers, which Reitz was picked off waivers by Toronto. And lets not forget they added Avery. In the end the Rangers have changed a dramatic portion of their roster, but their core still remains the same and that wont change the team they are.

The Flyers were all talk and less action. They talked about adding Pronger and Bouwmeester and so on, well in the end the shipped out Scottie Upshall and a draft pick and added Daniel Caracillo and Kyle McLaren. Small trades for the Flyers and still leave them with questions at goal and on defense.

The Penguins may have made the most imposing moves. Adding Chris Kunitz has seemed to already pay off with 3 goals since coming to Pittsburgh, but today they added Bill Guerin for nothing more than a 3rd to 5th round draft pick. If Crosby is healthy, the Pens have three solid lines but may have question at defense and will need Fluery to play out his ass to get past the Caps, Flyers, Bruins and Devils.

The Boston Bruins did as the Devils did, they fine tuned their roster. With a roster who does not have many players who have been past the 1st round of the playoffs, the Bruins added veteran Mark Recchi and defenseman Steve Montador, while giving up nothing from their teams core. This is essentially the same thing the Devils did in adding Havelid and Shanahan. I think we got the better end of that.

A big suprise was that the Capitals did nothing at the deadline. They have issues on the blueline and in goal, so this may be the biggest suprise.

Below are all the trades that happened today:

OTT- G Pascal LeClaire, 2009 2nd RD Pick
COL - F Antoinne Vermette

STL- D Danny Richmond
PIT-D Andy Wozniewski

CAL- D Jordan Leopold
COL - D Lawrence Nycholat, D Ryan Wilson, 2009 2nd Rd. Pick

DAL - Claims C Brendan Morrison off waivers
TOR - Claims D Eric Reitz off waivers
TOR - Claims G Martin Gerber off waivers
PIT - Claims F Craig Adams off waivers

BUF - G Mikael Tellqvist
PHO - 4th Rd Pick

CAL - C Oli Jokinen
PHO - 1st rd pick, C Matt Lombardi, F Brandon Prust

BOS- D Steve Montador
ANA - F Petteri Nokelainen

BOS- F Mark Recchi, 2010 2nd rd pick
TB - D Matt Lashoff, F Martisn Karsums

PIT- F Bill Guerin
NYI- Conditional Draft pick

PHI- F Danny Carcillo
PHO- F Scottie Upshall, 2nd Rd pick

NYR- C Nik Antropov
TOR- 2nd Rd Pick and a Conditional Pick

NYR- D Derek Morris
PHO- F Petr Prucha, F Nigel Dawes, D Dmitiri Kalinin

BUF- C Dominic Moore
TOR - 2nd Rd Pick

ANA - F Erik Christensen
ATL - D Eric O'Dell

FLA- D Steve Eminger
TB- D Noah Welch, 3rd Rd. Pick

CLB- G Kevin LaLande
CAL - 4th Round Pick

PHI- D Kyle McLaren
SJ- 6th round Pick

CHI - F Samuel Pahlsson
ANA- James Wisneiwski

SJ- F Travis Moen, D Kent Huskins
ANA- Nick Bonnino, G Tim Pielmeirer, Conditional Pick

CAR- F Patrick O'Sullivan
LA- F Justin Williams

EDM- F Patrick O'Sullivan
CAR- F Erik Cole

EDM- F Ales Kotalik
BUF- 2nd Round Pick

TOR- G Olaf Kolzig, D Jamie Heward, D Andy Rogers and 4th Round Pick
TB- D Richard Petoit

Deadline Day Is Here!

Well the trade deadline is here and I will be glued to the NHL network starting at Noon, to see what is going to happen and where the Devils will land after all the dust settles.

Some things that are for sure, well at least that is what we are hearing, are that Neidermeyer and Pronger are going nowhere. On the other hand Derek Morris, Bill Guerin, Nik Antropov, Dominic Moore, Mark Recchi are all heading to new teams.

Players still up in the air are Ryan Smyth, Michael Nylander, Jay Bouwmeester, Oli Jokinen, Tomas Kaberle, Doug Weight and Martin St. Louis.

Then their are all the players who were put on waivers yesterday, Brendan Morrison, Miroslav Satan, Gary Roberts and Jon Sim, just to name a few. What will happen with them?

As for the Devils, what is their next move after picking up Nicolas Havelid the other day from Atlanta?

Will Clemmensen be traded or is their no interest from teams? Would Lou trade him to an eastern contender? Or will Weekes be the on who gets traded?

Will the Devils land another forward, hopefully a second line center?

Will Madden still be a New Jersey Devil after 3pm?

Will Greene, Gionta, Mottau, Zubrus and or Pandolfo be traded?

Well all we can do is sit back and let the deals unfold and trust that Lou will put us over the top as the top cup contender in the east!

- With their 3-2 overtime win last night aginst the Leafs and losses by Boston and San Jose, the Devils are now only six points behind the league leading Sharks and Bruins. Four teams are tied for the league lead with42 victories (Boston, San Jose, Detroit and the DEVILS!)

Monday, March 2, 2009

Brodeur, Havelid and the Trade Deadline

Marty Brodeur was named the NHL's weeks 1st star.Since his return, Marty Brodeur has posted two shutouts in three games including a dominant 3-0 victory over the Flyers on Sunday.

If there were any doubters, they are seemingly all convinced that Brodeur is 100% and that he is the greatest goalie of all time. Sunday's shutout was the 100th of Brodeur's career, which now puts him three away from tying Terry Sawchuk (103). Brodeur is also inching closer to the all-time win record held by Patrick Roy (551). If all goes as planned, Brodeur could tie or break the record at Montreal on Saturday, March 14th or the St. Patrick's Day game on Tuesday, March 17th against the Chicago Blackhawks.

On Sunday, Jamie Langenbrunner netted the 200th goal of his career and is on pace to break his career best of 23 goals in a season. Also in Sunday's game, Brian Gionta got his 300th career point with his second period goal.

In the three games since Brodeur's return, the Devils have outscored their opponents 14 to 2, outshooting their opponents 120-68 and have not allowed a power-play against in eight opportunities.

On Monday, the Devils acquired defenseman Nicholas Havelid from Atlanta Anssi Salmella. Havelid, 35, has played nine years in the NHL with Atlanta and the Anaheim Ducks. In 63 games this season he has 2 goals and 13 assists and is only one of five Thrasher regulars to have a plus rating (+4). In his career, Havelid has only had a negative plus/minus rating twice in an entire season.

Havelid gives the Devils another solid veteran puck moving defenesman. The trade opens up options for Lamoriello to either put Andy Greene as the seventh defenseman or trade a defenseman for the forward they have been looking to add. Havelid's salary is for 2.9M and is an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.

Many people were hoping for the Devils to land a big name defenseman, but lately Neidermeyer came off the trade block and Pronger, Jovanovski and Kaberle came with too high of a price tag and salaries to add to a team with such great chemistry.

So where do the Devils go from here? The trade deadline is Wednesday at 3pm and the Devils may not be done. The Devils are still looking to add a center or veteran winger, but with the addition of Havelid, in order to do so they will need to give up a player. Players still on the trade block are Pandolfo, Madden, Gionta, Clarkson and Zubrus all could be moved.

Havelid will not join the team in Toronto, which also puts speculation that he may be one of the players traded to add another player. One rumor floating around is that Florida would move Bouwmeester for a veteran defenseman and a forward that could help them this season in their playoff run. Some options could be Salvador or Havelid and Madden or Pandolfo for Bouwmeester. Long shot trade and only a rumor at this point.

We will find out shortly.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Devils Blast Panthers; Guerin To Decide On Trade On Sunday

The New Jersey Devils had something to prove after getting thumped 4-0 by the Panthers last week in Miami. Well I think the Panthers got the answer who the better team is as the Devils dominated and tore apart the Panthers 7-2.

Zach Parise led the Devils with 2 goals and an assist, giving Parise 38 goals and 76 points on the season. Of late Parise is not just scoring goals, his goals like his 38th goal are becoming highlight reel goals that are being shown on every network that shows hockey causing fans to scream MVP chants at the game yesterday. Parise is now back on pace for exactly 50 goals and 100 points, which would both be firsts in Devils history.

The Parise-Zajac-Langenbrunner line got some help from the newly formed line of Rolston centering Shanahan and Clarkson. The new line accounted for 3 goals and six points. All three players had a goals and assist apiece on the afternoon. Sutter's changes on the third and fourth lines and may have struck gold as Rolston's was able to use his speed at center, making him much more involved throughout the game and in the offense. The fourth line had Madden at center with Pandolfo and Holik on the wings.

Brodeur got his second straight win stopping 15 shots and is expected to play Sunday against the Flyers.

The real story is coming out Long Island, where the Islanders are said to have a deal in place with a playoff contender for winger Bill Guerin.

Guerin, who has a no-trade clause, was sent home after the pre-game skate on Saturday to mull over the potential trade with his family. Guerin is expected to make his decision known to Islanders management early this morning.

The Boston Bruins were speculated a few weeks ago, but are said not to be the team Guerin could be traded to. The three teams being speculated are the Canadians, Capitals and the Devils. The deal has been a very hush-hush affair, bringing on the though by many hockey media outlets and websites that the only GM who could pull off such a hush-hush trade is Lou Lamoriello.

Guerin leads all Islanders forward with 16 goals and 36 points on the season. A former 1st round choice of the Devils in 1989, Guerin has 403 career goals. The 38 year old is making 4.5M this season and is an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.

We should know the answer about Guerin sometime around game time for the Devils-Flyers game at 1pm today.