The Only Way To Go Is Up
For the last-place New Jersey Devils, this certainly is uncharted territory.
For the first time in 13 seasons, it seems highly unlikely that the Devils -- who are traditionally known as an eastern conference power -- will not make the playoffs.
Following an off-season where New Jersey General Manager did something out of the ordinary -- signing Ilya Kovalchuk to a 15 yr/ $100 mil deal -- everything has gone wrong for the Devils.
Jersey's Team is constantly booed out of their own arena, has only managed to tally 9 wins, and is in last place in the entire conference, a place they haven't been in several years.
Long-time goalie and future hall of famer, Martin Brodeur has been out for two seperate stints due to injury, and this past week, for the first time in his career, he has been rumored to be moved out of New Jersey.
Zach Parise has been out for the past two and a half months after he had knee surgery in late October, and to make matter worse, even the players that are on the roster playing, aren't performing.
Jason Arnott leads the team in goals with just nine, while Kovalchuk has been everything but worth his $100 million, tallying just eight goals with 18 points.
Days ago, Lamariello fired first-year head coach John MaClean and brought back Jacques LeMaire for what feels like his 25th stint as the Devils coach.
Brian Rolston was placed on waivers two weeks ago, and, after not being claimed, he started the following night for the bottom-dwellers in the East.
In spite of all this, the Devils find themselves 20 points out of that final eighth spot in the conference. While highly unlikely, a playoff run is still possible if New Jersey can manage to string together a few wins.
Actually, one win at a time would be nice, Mr. Lamariello.