I am legitimately concerned that the Devils won't win another game all season. With the lack of potential in the prospect pool, that may just be the best thing for this franchise, but I digress. The only time the Devils stink worse than when they are losing is when they are winning. That's not exactly a recipe for success. I would almost rather watch the Devils be down 1-0 all game and attempt to luck into a last minute goal than watch them build a 3 goal lead knowing it will just result in a soul crushing shootout loss. It's happened about 36 times in the last year and a half at this point. The next step after anger is indifference. Its almost to the point where I don't even care if they score, because I know they will somehow, some way, give it back. I'm as close to numb to the incompetence as I could possibly be.
I don't think Pete Deboer is a bad coach. I do think he should be fired. There's a variety of reasons for this. I think he should be fired because this team needs new blood behind the bench. It might be a fool's errand, but it may spark a lifeless team. More importantly, I think Deboer should be fired for his own sanity. I legitimately feel bad for the guy. Yeah, his personnel decisions leave a lot to be desired, but this roster leaves a lot to be desired as well. Deboer is now rolling with a first line that consists of Patrik Elias, Scott Gomez, and Jaromir Jagr. If he were coaching in 2006 he would have to tape it to his leg before getting caught on camera full-chub. Alas, he is not. He is coaching the Devils in 2014 where the team has basically become the NHL's version of a retirement home. New Jersey is the last step for a majority of the forwards before their career gets put out to pasture.
I also think Deboer needs to be canned because he has coached himself delusional. The coach speak has become so commonplace I legit can't tell if he means what he is saying or if he has gone full robot. Hey Pete, stop pissing directly in my mouth and telling me it's apple juice. When he started commending the Devils on a good third period in which they allowed the Red Wings 4 shots, I wanted to double up on the Picasso treatment. A three goal lead is a three goal lead. I don't care how many shots they let up. I don't care how hard they are trying. Professional sports is a results based business, and the results have been as disastrous as the Ferguson conclusion. A Devils press conference is like going on the "It's a Small World" ride at Disney World. You walk in and everyone is holding hands, and everything is rainbows and butterflies. Then you walk out in the real world to a guy bickering with a teenager about the price of churro and a bunch of kids on leashes. Just once give me a passionate, reality based tirade. Just once tell me they sucked. All I need is one Jim Mora or Dennis Green rant for me to realize you are actually a human being. One fucking time lay into this team for not stepping on the opponents throat when they are down. The Devils are the wrestler that knocks their opponent unconscious and starts celebrating only to turn around a few minutes later and walks directly into a Stone Cold stunner.