--- In Islanders-Soundtigers@y..., Bill Drake <drake_islescoach@y...>
> Two points. First, I think that the Devils farm
> system is overrated these days. They do have three
> goaltenders: Ahonen, Clemmensen, and Damphousse plus
> Gionta, Rupp (I cant believe Im listing him) and
> Berglund, but in reality they are pretty depleted
> after a few years of trading to be Cup contenders.
> The question that I pose is is Lou willing to trade
> the rest of his prospects for one more shot or will he
> hold back, thinking the coaching change will be a huge
> success? I dont know how to answer that but if a trade
> is in the works I expect to see a goaltender traded
> becuase that is the only position of depth in Albany. >>>
I remember Ahonen was considered their DiPietro and had the same
prospect rating in the Sporting News going into the season, Gionta as
well. Right now the Devils can go a lot of ways starting by trying to
get Beezer back, unless the Rangers beat them to it, but it does
leave them too many goalies.
As far as the Devils team, they still know how to win big games and
have the players to do it, the way they shut down the Isles and Hawks
was scary and now the team has it's scapegoat in Robinson and a fresh
voice in Constantine. I think New Jersey will go as far as they care
to and by the trade deadline Lamoriello will decide if he has enough
and trade anyone who is not interested in winning another cup.
And very quietly Lamoriello got a defender from Tampa that was a
good deal for them, it's not just Abelein, Stevens, Daneyko.
> Second point: Jose Theodore. He is young, just 24 or
> 5. I remeber him coming up in the playoffs for
> Montreal when he was 20. He was the next big thing
> and for four years he did ok. I think that 4 years is
> the spectrum that we need to use for DiPietro. I
> would be nice if he developed rapidly like Luongo but
> lets face it he probably won't. That is why I think
> that having Osgood around will benefit DiPietro.
> Another year or two in the minors will get him
> mentally and physically prepared for a NHL shot. And
> with that shot he can stick instead of bouncing around
> like a pinball. >>>
I do not see DiPietro being ready as fast as Luongo, I do see him
as a respectable NHL goalie in time, after Snow's contract expires he
will likely get some serious time here. Right now I would be very
happy to see DiPietro turn into what Theodore has become at the same
age, which is likely when Osgood goes in unrestricted free agency.