I’m not going to even dignify the stunt Sykora pulled with a post. It was incredibly stupid and I wouldn’t blame the league for fining or suspending him, especially since he has flat out admitted to what he did. Its downright cheating and I would expect it from sports like Baseball and Football, not hockey.
Instead, I need to point out that the Devils need help. There are three key elements missing from the Devils and if action isn’t taken soon, we might find ourselves mid-season too far behind (a la – last season).
Key element #1: Depth. Missing someone like Jacob Josefson in the lineup will hurt the Devils. He sustained a broken right clavicle Friday against the San Jose Sharks. In addition to missing Travis Zajac, Josefson’s injury will soon take it’s toll on the Devils if they cannot fill the void with a competent player. Devils go-to move is always to fill with AHL talent, but said talent may not be good enough to to keep the Devils afloat.
Key element #2: PK and PP. It hurts enough when the Devils take too many bad penalties. And sure enough that’s what we’re seeing today. It gives the opposition good chances and, perhaps worse, momentum. Now sprinkle in the Devils inept-ness on the Power Play and you have a perfect concoction for mediocrity. Devils GM Lou Lamoriello hired Adam Oates to work with the Devils’ power play unit and to act as an assistant coach. Guess what folks – it isn’t working out. I’m sorry, but it’s time to find some new help here.
Key element #3: Defense. I will harp on this until they get it right, I’m sorry. The Devils must get help on their defense. Offense is great, but we need talented blue-liners who can get the job done in front of our net. And having a pair of aging goaltenders in the crease doesn’t help matters either.