The Bleacher Report has posted an article on 4 moves the Devils should make. Definitely give this a read. But here is my opinion of each move.
1. Keep Zach Parise- Well yes this is a 100% must for the Devils. If the Devils want to remain a competitive team in the future they are going to need Zach Parise. I believe at this point its a 50/50 shot for Parise. The only thing that bothers me is that the Devils have not started contract talks with Parise but maybe they are waiting until the end of the season to avoid distraction. But Parise makes everyone around him play better and he is a great leader. He should get paid what he wants and I think in a short time he will get a chance for his ring.
2. Cut Ties With Martin Brodeur- I think that cutting ties with Martin Brodeur will not really benefit the team in any way. His contract expires at the end of this season and has a cap hit of $5.2 million. I think that if the Devils can resign him to a $2-$2.5 million a year contract he will be a great asset to helping a younger goaltender come up from Albany along with getting some playing time. Brodeur won’t get that much more money if he tries to go anywhere else. I’d be shocked if he got a big contract someplace else.
3. Make A Push For Tuuka Rask- Yeah it would nice to see Tuuka Rask in net for the Devils but we aren’t playing NHL 12 here. Lets look at it from Boston’s perspective for a second and then we’ll see how feasible this is. Right now Boston has Tim Thomas who is 37 years old, whose contract expires at the end of next season. Thomas doesn’t have much more time, much like Brodeur. Also Tuuka Rask is one of the best goaltenders in the league, if you were Peter Chiarelli would you really trade your future goaltender? I think not.
4.Make An Offer For Alexander Semin- Now they say if Parise walks away, the Devils should make an offer to Semin but I don’t think Semin is anywhere near the player Parise is. Parise is very tough player to replace. Even though Semin has phenomenal skills and the stats to prove it, he is not the complete player Parise is. Semin is a good role guy but he isn’t THE guy.
Bleacher Report comprised a list of reasons why the Devils should bench Martin Brodeur. The reasons are: Age, Goals Against Average, Keith Kinkaid, Johan Hedberg and finally One More For Marty.
Yes it is a know fact that Brodeur is one of the older goaltenders in the league and some of his play has showed it. But I think that he is still a competitive enough goaltender to play. Maybe he shouldn’t be playing as much as he is but he should not be replaced by any means.
Goals Against Average. Just look at the defense in front of him and how they have been playing. Anybody’s goals against average is going to go up with the way they have been playing. Weak excuse to me.
Keith Kinkaid is playing rather well in Albany and quite possible can be the heir to the net for the Devils in due time. But this is his rookie year in Albany and even though his play is good I think it is too quick to be bringing him up to the big leagues.
Johan Hedberg should definitely be getting more starts in net. Out of this entire list I think this one makes the most sense. Hedberg has been at times outplaying Brodeur and should only be another reason as to why Brodeur should be getting less starts. But Hedberg should not be the main guy in net but instead more of a tandem.
The “One More For Marty” reason to me is not a valid reason why. I could understand if Marty had not won a Stanley Cup (i.e. The end of Ray Bourque’s career) but Marty has accomplished everything a goaltender can achieve along with 3 Stanley Cups. So is there a need to replace Brodeur for that reason. Absolutely not.
Give it a look.
The Bleacher Report has an article on how the next three games for the Devils can be “dangerous”. The next three games start off with a home game against the Columbus Blue Jackets and then a home and home series with the Islanders.
Both teams are at the bottom of each conference. If the Devils can get back to how they have been playing when their road trip started, they should have no problem getting at least 5 points out of 6 points.
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Bleacher Report has compiled a list of the 22 Most Entertaining Coaches in NHL History. Two former Devils coaches have made the list. Some of the older Devils fans definitely remember Robbie Ftorek throwing the bench on the ice during a game. The other Devils coach was the great Pat Burns. Check out the list if you want see some classic coach moments.
Bleacher Report has complied a list of players with the worst teeth in hockey history. There are two Devils on this list, Ken Daneyko and Mel Bridgman. Look at the gap tooth wonders!