Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Seriously Lou, WTF??

Here's a Boomer for Lou.  Where's the Fax?
Today the great hockey blog, Puck Daddy let the rest of the world know that Lou Lameriello  czar of all he surveys for the New Jersey Devils decided to hang on to that 29th pick of the first round, rather than forfeit the pick as the Devils are required to do some time in the next few years.  You see, the Devils signed Ilya Kovalchuk to a contract that was illegal under the CBA (Collective Bargaining Agreement).  One of their punishments was that they were required to forfeit a first round pick in one of the next few years.  This seemed like an opportune moment.

By the way (BTW) grandma, WTF stands for 'where's the fax?'  You know, the smart one.  The one notifying the NHL that the Devils would forfeit their first round pick this year, when they pick 29th.  They must figure they are gonna finish better next year, after Parise leaves on free agency, and Marty Brodeur  is 41 instead of 40.  Yah, OK.

This is the final blow of a disastrous 2011-12 season for the CBJ.  There is literally no where to go but up from here, we are lower than a snake's belly in a wagon rut.  Had New Jersey exercised their option to forfeit this pick, the CBJ's first pick of the second round would have moved up to the 'first round' in the 30th slot.  As such, we would have realistically had 2 first round picks (barring the sheer stupidity of Howson exercising the right to use LA's 2012 first round pick).

If it weren't for bad luck, we'd have no luck at all!



  1. As was once said, "A bird in the hand is worth 2 in the bush". If LA pick yields a G, how "stupid" is it to pass it up for next year's pick which will likely be in the 20's?

    1. I'll try to dig out and post some links from a Edmonton blog that basically show that unless you are looking at blue-chip talent, it's almost never worth drafting a goal tender in the first round. Look for those tomorrow.

  2. I read an interesting take where someone pointed out that it was about the 2nd round etc. Meaning that if they gave up this year's first their first pick wouldn't be until 58-60 versus mid to high thirties if they are middle of the pack over the next couple of years. Lou might be coveting a prospect for this year/using the pick in a package.


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