In and Out

There’s been some changes at the Devils recently and as usual they’ve mostly been bad. I am not refering to signing Brent Sutter as their new head coach because I have no idea if he’ll be a good coach for them or not.

Losing Brian Rafalski to Detroit was a big blow. From when he started in the 99/00 season I had him marked down as a future Norris Trophy (best defenseman) winner. As yet that trophy has eluded him, but he’ll be playing with Chris Chelios and Niklas Lidstrom who have won it eight times between them. Scott Niedermayer’s Norris Trophy-winning season (03/04) was his last for New Jersey, leaving a hole in their defensive core that they haven’t been able to fill.

In the forward lines Scott Gomez has followed the money across the river to New York. Gomez won the Calder Trophy for rookie of the year in the 99/00 season. When Bobby Holik moved to New York I felt he never performed as well for the Rangers as he had for the Devils. Hopefully the same will be true of Gomez.

Regardless, there’s no hiding that there has been a steady trickle of talent away from New Jersey since the 99/00 season, which I think was their highest point ever. The most striking exception is of course Brian Gionta. Gionta broke Pat Verbeek’s long-standing goals record, (for New Jersey, not the entire NHL!) with 48 in the 05/06 season.


~ by yorksdevil on July 14, 2007.

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