Problems in the Front Office of the New Jersey Devils
We’re used to winning. We love our GM, and hell, ILWT is named after him. We have been one of the NHL’s most elite teams over the last 20 years, and we don’t miss the playoffs much, something only Red Wings fans can hold over us in better light. However, much like the rest of our fan base, I’ve started to worry a bit. I’m not talking about the impulsive panic mode kind of worrying, rather the more dangerous of “is there anyone home” type of worrying.
Lou doesn’t like making big splashes; he’s not Ray Shero. The Kovalchuk deal caught us all by surprise for sure, as did Zach Parise’s departure from free agency. This is a team that always seems to have an answer, but I think they keep using this “status quo” excuse because of the fact that they actually do not have an answer this time around. I think the coaching staff, the front office, and even teammates are scared to admit that they completely underestimated losing Zach Parise. We have survived the loss of big named players in the past, but nobody contributed more to the system than Zach did this time around.
With Marty on his way out, and our defense looking like crud, I’m starting to get a little antsy. Not to mention our past few first rounders haven’t really panned out all that well, and despite what we all think of Scott Wedgewood and Keith Kinkaid, scouts from around juniors and college have consistently said that these guys are not NHL goaltenders by the slightest margin (I actually think Kinkaid has a great shot though, and I’m a Long Islander so I’m rooting for him).
With all of that being said, is it time that we take a step back and see what we can get? Should Lou sell away a few roster guys and drain even more picks for a dangerous sniper like Thomas Vanek? We’ve proven that we cannot score, and that even when we have one goal leads, we cannot hold them. Is Lou doing something completely under the radar like he did with Kovalchuk? Remember, nobody really knew that it happened until it happened.
Lou has made some great calls, but nobody is perfect. Loktionov was a steal and he’ll be here for a while. D’agostini might get hot once he gets used to the system. But like the previous fan post said, our defense down the line as it currently stands flat out sinks below the competition, and some of our promising prospects are not quite NHL ready.
Point being, our team might have depth, but it isn’t a good kind of deep. To me, it’s a pool of mediocrity, like a Big Gulp filled with 28 different sodas. The colors of the rainbow may be beautiful when they’re neatly separated, but if you put all of them together in one bucket, all you get is a mucky shade of brown.
Oh, and by the way, I can’t wait for Reid Boucher. Let’s hope we haven’t over hyped him.