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Video: Dire dilemma for Devils?

Jan 16, 2013, 9:41 PM EDT

Carl Hagelin #62 of the New York Rangers checks Peter Harrold #10 of the New Jersey Devils in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Final during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Prudential Center on May 21, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey.
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The New Jersey Devils surprised many by making it to the Stanley Cup finals in 2012, but the deck seems stacked against them this season. Zach Parise is gone, Adam Henrique is injured, Martin Brodeur isn’t getting any younger and Ilya Kovalchuk missed some training camp time.

Will those factors mean failure for one of the NHL’s most consistent contenders? Pierre McGuire shares his take on the Devils’ dilemma – and potential Eastern Conference opportunists – in the video below:

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  1. 19to77 - Jan 16, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    Missed some training camp time to blow up the KHL for 36 games more than most of the NHL has had a chance to play. Kovalchuk, unlike MOST NHLers, was busy playing hockey.

  2. bricktop02 - Jan 16, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    Devils suck!

    • 19to77 - Jan 16, 2013 at 10:06 PM

      … all the way to the Stanley Cup Final. Right.

      So, tell me more about what your team did last summer. I’m just so anxious to know.

      • barkar942 - Jan 16, 2013 at 10:36 PM

        Acquired Rick Nash for Dubi, Anisimov and Erixon.
        (Steal of the century)
        What did the Devils do last summer? Lost Parise.
        Nuff said!

      • stakex - Jan 17, 2013 at 12:11 AM

        The Devils didn’t suck last year, but losing Parise/Sykora will hurt bad… not to mention Marty is getting to the age where a lot more pucks start going in. The Devils got worse over the summer, theres no two ways about it.

        …and while I certainly wouldn’t call the Nash trade the steal of the century (that was the Gomez for McD trade) barkar is correct that the Rangers only got better over the summer.

      • 19to77 - Jan 17, 2013 at 1:44 AM

        So… lost the conference finals 4-2 to the Devils, is that what you’re saying?

      • 19to77 - Jan 17, 2013 at 3:22 AM

        @stakex: yeah, pretty much with you there. The Gomez trade makes the Kessel trade look like a stroke of brilliance by comparison. What he scores in two weeks is Gomez’s whole season.

  3. martysbetter - Jan 16, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    I’ve never taken anything Pierre McGuire has said seriously, and I won’t start now.

    They said we wouldn’t make the playoffs last year, Kovy wasn’t going to strive in New Jersey and Parise would be gone by the trade deadline, funny how that one worked out.

    • stakex - Jan 17, 2013 at 12:13 AM

      The Devils still failed to win the cup, and instead of getting something for Parise they lost him without any return. Theres no doubt the Devils beat their expectations in the second half of the season, but what do they have to show for it other then “Hey… we almost won”? Absolutely nothing.

      • martysbetter - Jan 17, 2013 at 8:05 AM

        I enjoyed watching them beat our two most hated rivals in the playoffs when no one thought they would, personally.

  4. misterchainbluelightning - Jan 16, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    Rangers, Pens, Flyers, Boston, Florida, Tampa Bay, Washington, Buffalo

  5. stakex - Jan 17, 2013 at 12:17 AM

    The Panthers are the most over rated team in the East? I was un-aware they were expected to do anything this season….

    In reality its the Pens who are yet again over rated. They were 4th in the east last year and got blown out in the first round. That happened because they have a weak goaltender and an awful defense… both of which are required to go anywhere in the NHL these days. In the offseason they did little to improve those areas (though Vokoun might end up with the starting job, which will be an upgrade in net) and lost the best 3rd line center in the NHL. So explain to me how a team that was blown out in the first round, and then got worse in the offseason is somehow the cup favorite. Crosby and Malkin might be able to light it up and put on a good show, but the two can’t win the cup by themselves.

  6. jerseypatriot76 - Jan 17, 2013 at 12:53 AM

    The Devils are like the Patriots. They may not always win it, but they always seem to be in it. It starts at the top. If this team gets in to dire straits, Lou will make moves to get them back to the top.

  7. thecheeman - Jan 17, 2013 at 7:08 AM

    The Devils had no Zajac last season so while the Parise loss is a serious bodyblow we have a great player in his place. Also Henrique is only missing two more weeks and he didn’t start last year on the Devils either.

    This is going to be a wacky kind of season, nobody knows how it will really shake out. It’s not like the Devils snuck in last year, they had 103 points. They had ONE less point than the Flyers. Don’t go writing the Devils’ epitaph yet.

  8. bennywuh - Jan 17, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Shut Up Pierre!

  9. 950003cups - Jan 17, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    Devils always have a way of finding unseen talent. The few pieces they picked up for training came may actually pan out.

    While Parise got 98 million on his new contract, I was wondering how much Hugh Jessimen’s new contract was for?

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