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Dog days for Devils

Posted on: October 25, 2010 1:16 pm
Edited on: October 25, 2010 1:17 pm
Are the New Jersey Devils better off with or without Ilya Kovalchuk in the lineup? It’s hard to tell these days with the Devils, especially after a weekend that saw them drop two games, only one of which their high-priced forward was dressed for.

Kovalchuk’s healthy scratch has been the big story over was the last couple of days, although on the attention meter, it probably paled a bit compared to Vancouver forward Rick Rypien grabbing a fan in Minnesota.  Still Kovalchuk’s banishment by rookie coach John MacLean was enough to overshadow the scoring 1980s-like ‘explosion’ that took place during the last seven days when seven different players picked up hat tricks.

Three of those tricks came on Saturday night when Kovalchuk was watching in street clothes as his struggling Devils got pummeled 6-1 by Buffalo. The Sabres, of course, haven’t been any great shakes either this season, but they made it look easy against a Devils team that is off to a dangerously bad start. And that has to be troubling to the organization that created all kinds of financial problems for itself when it bent over backwards to sign Kovalchuk.

Neither MacLean, who has not made the transition to an NHL coaching job very smoothly so far, nor Kovalchuk would discuss the reason for the suspension, although the widespread belief is that the star player was late for a meeting. Whatever the reason, it tells you something is very wrong in New Jersey, where the addition of a $100 million player has not paid any dividends, immediate or otherwise.

The suspension came after New Jersey won for only the second time, shutting out the Canadiens 3-0 in Montreal on Thursday. Kovalchuk was back against the Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Sunday and scored the Devils only goal. But even with him in the lineup, New Jersey still lost 3-1.

That doesn’t bode well for a team that may not have the elements to take advantage of Kovalchuk’s special talents. Especially now that it is heading out on a tough five-game Western road trip that could be a make-or-break one for its season.
Category: NHL

Since: May 13, 2007
Posted on: October 27, 2010 4:55 pm

Dog days for Devils

Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying the Devils still play the trap. Just people who are calling others idiots, should make sure they don't look like idiots themselves. The trap certainly won them the cup in 2003, so it's been less than 10+ years, but I know what you mean.

Since: Nov 18, 2008
Posted on: October 27, 2010 4:15 pm

Dog days for Devils

Do you understand how the neutral zone trap works??? The Devils haven't used the trap in like 10+ years!  Watch a hockey game once i a while...don't expect to see the trap or a 2-line offside either.

Since: Sep 10, 2006
Posted on: October 27, 2010 2:16 pm

Dog days for Devils

make no mistake-- Ilya Kovalchuk may be the most overrated player in NHL history.  The Devils were no better after acquiring him last spring, and are obviously off to a miserable start with him as the centerpiece of the franchise.

They would have been better off playing their hand with Parise, Elias, Langenbrunner, etc. and using that money in other areas...

Since: May 13, 2007
Posted on: October 27, 2010 11:53 am

Dog days for Devils

Ha, whatever dude, bet you were one the loser fans who never showed up when the Pens were losing, so I couldn't care less what you sat d-bag.

Since: Oct 26, 2010
Posted on: October 26, 2010 11:52 pm

Dog days for Devils

Yeah but the devils much like your other nemesis the Penguins actually win championships something the flyers have not seen in a long time.

Since: May 13, 2007
Posted on: October 26, 2010 4:42 pm

Dog days for Devils

Well obviously I'm an idiot too, I meant to say:

Who are these Devil fans calling people idiots for saying the Devils still play the trap.

Since: May 13, 2007
Posted on: October 26, 2010 4:40 pm

Dog days for Devils

Who are these Devils fans calling people idiots for saying the Devils don't play the trap anymore, when they're responding with "The Devils haven't played the trap since 2000, when they lost the Cup to the Avs"!? Wow! Who's the idiot!? 2000 the Devils won the Cup, 2001 they lost to the Avs. I'm pretty sure the trap played a big role in the 2003 Cup as well.

Regardless, it is sweet to see our old nemesis wallow in mediocricy all while being effed in the a with this Kovalchuk contract.

Since: Dec 19, 2008
Posted on: October 26, 2010 3:07 pm

Dog days for Devils

"The problem is the devils play the neutral zone trap game "

Devils haven't played the trap in years, genius

Since: May 27, 2008
Posted on: October 26, 2010 2:39 pm

Dog days for Devils

glad hes not on my team

Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: October 26, 2010 1:24 pm

Dog days for Devils-Just stop with the TRAP Talk

The Devils haven't played the trip since 2000 when they Finished with the Most goals in the league and lost the Stanley Cup  to the AVs.  So just stop.  If the Devils could buy guys like the other BIG MARKET clubs do every year they wouldn't hve to listen to your nonsense.  They Signed one guy.........Because the owner wanted him. PERIOD.  What is the big deal?  We're in OCTOBER.  Maclean Sux as a coach, and looks star-struck behind the bench.  Ilya will have 45 this season and the Devils will finish the 3 or 4 seed-- taking the pressure off them as they hoist the cup.  Period.  Stop the hating. ...the TRAP...get real....Check the rules......

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