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Devils longing for The Trap after winless start?

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09:21 AM ET 10.12 | The Devils iced only 15 skaters Monday night because of injuries and a season-opening roster shortened by the salary cap. Their winless start has their franchise-record scorer, one of their most skilled players, longing for -- wait for it -- the Trap. "We did a little better today, maybe because we started sitting back. That used to be Devils hockey. Everyone talked about the trap, but at the end of the year, we'd have [among] the most goals in the league," said Patrik Elias, their lone scorer in yesterday's 3-1 loss to the Penguins in Newark. They weren't blown out yesterday, but that's the best the Devils can say about their winless start. "We know we have a good team, but we have to play together or we're not going to do jack," said Elias, who snapped the Devils' goal drought of 94:36 and a run of giving up eight unanswered goals.

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October 12, 2010  09:34 AM ET

Do they have enough players to run a trap? ;)

October 12, 2010  09:42 AM ET

"That used to be Devils hockey. Everyone talked about the trap, but at the end of the year, we'd have [among] the most goals in the league," said Patrik Elias.

And, it was the most boring hockey ever played in the known universe.

October 12, 2010  09:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

"That used to be Devils hockey. Everyone talked about the trap, but at the end of the year, we'd have [among] the most goals in the league," said Patrik Elias.And, it was the most boring hockey ever played in the known universe.

I see your point.............but I'd rather be bored and winning rather than excited and losing. Although, I don't mind seeing Lou sweat for a while (8 or 10 seasons?).

October 12, 2010  09:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

And, it was the most boring hockey ever played in the known universe.

I miss it too....Trap = Nap.

October 12, 2010  09:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I see your point.............but I'd rather be bored and winning rather than excited and losing. Although, I don't mind seeing Lou sweat for a while (8 or 10 seasons?).

For the Devils and their fans, it's obviously fine if they are winning. I just didn't take to trap hockey much.

October 12, 2010  10:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

And, it was the most boring hockey ever played in the known universe.

Couldn't agree more and I've said it on these pages.

October 12, 2010  10:03 AM ET

The Devils iced only 15 skaters Monday night because of injuries and a season-opening roster shortened by the salary cap.

AHem, I think everyone knows what the real problem is.

October 12, 2010  10:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

For the Devils and their fans, it's obviously fine if they are winning. I just didn't take to trap hockey much.

I agree with you on that point. For a fan it's not particularly exciting. Except for the final buzzer. :-)

October 12, 2010  10:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I miss it too....Trap = Nap.

Just win baby.

October 12, 2010  10:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

I think everyone knows what the real problem is.

Kill the cap, slit it's throat, drink it's blood.

October 12, 2010  10:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Kill the cap, slit it's throat, drink it's blood.

Still undecided?

October 12, 2010  10:19 AM ET

I loved them booing Martin for leaving via free agency when they should be booing Kovulchuck and Lou for the cap mess they are in.

October 12, 2010  10:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Kill the cap, slit it's throat, drink it's blood.

Ah our resident MLB fan

October 12, 2010  10:48 AM ET

There's reasons the cap should go away but when you're 5 years into the salary cap era NHL and you cripple your team with that contract there is no one to blame but Lou. Aren't they paying Rolston 5mil too? Now NJ is going to have a real mess because they have troubles putting fans in the seats when they are trapping (winning) and now if they change styles and lose it's going to further hurt attendence.

October 12, 2010  10:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Ah our resident MLB fan

No...hes a quality product hockey fan. As am i..

October 12, 2010  11:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

I loved them booing Martin for leaving via free agency when they should be booing Kovulchuck and Lou for the cap mess they are in.

Yeah, I am sure Martin is losing sleep over it. ;)

October 12, 2010  11:16 AM ET

I would just like to state what I've seen multiple people point out previously and what everyone knows, Vanderbeek is responsible for Kovy, Lou just had to do his best to minimize impact(The deals to Rolston etc, yes Lou's fault as well as not making the moves over the summer). However before people talk about trying to go back into the trap, I would love to see the Devils you know put someone infront of the opposing goalie, screening the goalie is a wonderful way to score goals, they should really try it sometime.

October 12, 2010  11:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Still undecided?

I like to think things through before venturing an opinion.

October 12, 2010  11:22 AM ET

MARTY SUCKS!

 
October 12, 2010  11:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Just win baby.

But, there are so many other ways to go about that than putting people to sleep with the trap.

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