It’s hard to believe that things will be different for the devils

The Devils as a franchise have failed in their last decade of existence. on whom? Well, most things avoid winning the draft lottery and, on occasion, receiving praise for your off-season moves. It’s been a rough time for being a Devils fan, with the team crumbling after more than two decades of consistent excellence in mid-2010 and largely failing to lift themselves off the mat since then. The Devils are now ready to emerge from their sadness on a few occasions, but have failed to do so, repeatedly sinking the quite modest expectations placed on them over several different seasons.

You really don’t have to listen to me for this, the results have spoken for themselves since the 2013 season. On that section, the Devils are (among the teams that have existed since then). 28 out of 30 in wins and standings, The only franchise behind the Devils in those categories in the last 10 seasons Arizona Coyotes And this buffalo saber, Definitely not the best company to keep. The Devils are equally ranked 28th out of 30 in goals scored on that stretch (23rd out of 30 in allowed goals), making their efforts not only in vain but crushing as well as sluggish.

Why did you bring all this? Well, wallowing in the wreckage of Devils season has become part of the work here, but the broader point I want to make is how hard it has become to believe this time will be different when it comes to New Jersey Devils, The Devils themselves have completely healed up to this point (assuming that things don’t get too bad with Jesper Bratt’s situation). They took out some disappointing players, brought in some solid experienced help, solidified their goalscoring position, and looked like some very solid assistant coaches. He has theoretically checked a lot of things to be in a position to compete next season.

And yet…

We have all been here before. The Devils have been making a splash at times in recent times, sure, but this is turning into another off-season where the Devils, coming off a bad season, have plugged the right holes and shed their young core. Has put himself in a position to take another. Step up and get the team back in playoff talks. Overall, Tom Fitzgerald and his staff have done a decent job on paper improving the squad. Fitz has missed some big goals, yes, but dropping a few big goals in the past hasn’t changed the team’s fortunes much. Even keeping Lindy Ruff, I like at least, is mitigated by recruiting some assistants with strong recent track records.

So, acknowledging the above that it’s been a good off-season so far for the team, why can’t I shake the feeling of doom creeping into the Devils’ modern existence. Perhaps it’s because the Devils have come closest to on-ice success, a single playoff appearance behind Taylor Hall in a major season, where they were given an ol’ gentleman sweep by a superior Tampa team, with a win. The series continues to represent the franchise’s only playoff win since June 2012.

The common belief is that the devils are close, they are right there, If they just get a chance to score a few goals, they’ll be much better, If their young core continues to improve over the past few seasons, they will be dangerous, The injection of seasoned and even championship experience should help teach a young team how to win., If the new assistants can fix structural issues on defense and power play, they’ll be much better, There’s always the “ifs” on which everything rests.

The “ifs” quickly changed to “but” as the Devils, in hopes of getting the former lucky, instead ended up 37 points from the final playoff spot. Did the Devils get a better 37 points this off-season? Can a team realistically improve 37 points in an off-season? The notion that any hope of the Devils’ near-term success should be based on the belief that they were not a team with true 63-point brilliance last season. One must believe the Devils were an 80- or 85-point team that just caught a bunch of bad breaks. That the circumstances got complicated and got away from them. That they weren’t living in the basement in the same way that, for example, openly tanking Arizona coyotes were. I think there is a compelling argument to be made on all fronts.

The thing is, most teams in the lower tier of Devils teams over the past decade have had a similar argument that things weren’t as bad as they seemed. But despite those arguments, they have been particularly bad until 2021-22. The team’s 2017-18 edition remains an outdoor oasis in what is otherwise a desert largely free of fun hockey.

So, I find myself grappling with what to do with the upcoming season. There is hope that there will be an eternal spring in professional sports, but hockey’s wells of optimism over the past decade in New Jersey have largely been exhausted. It’s very hard not to be upset at some point. This does not mean that success is impossible. In a purely different, analytical sense, there’s a lot to like about Devils Squad going into season one. Until we make it through a season until January without going down the team drain and playing the string for the last 40 matches, it will be hard to believe that the team is actually the real one. Unless they regret someone betting against them, it seems like a lot of us will be waiting for the other shoe to drop.

Maybe this timing is different, though.

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