It does not take much to satisfy the Pete DeBoer of the New Jersey Devils. After once again blowing a late lead on Friday night and then losing in overtime, he still sees a silver lining.
DeBoer was uncomfortably satisfied with coming away with one point after the Devils blew the lead with 10 second left and then lost in overtime.
“I think you have to look at the silver lining and that’s we got a point out of here tonight … we found a way to get a point tonight. We’ll take it and move on.”
That has been the mentality from DeBoer and the Devils this year. As long as we get a point it is okay. It does not matter if we blow the game in the final minute, we got to overtime so who cares? News flash DeBoer. Losing every game in overtime or a shootout will not get you to the playoffs.
In a season where it is playoffs or bust because of the lack of a first round pick, the Devils must win every game they can, not settle for overtime losses.
The Devils are a winning franchise with a fan base accustomed to making the playoffs each and every year. But it seems as though that mentality has changed. The team was making the playoffs on a consistent basis for almost 20 years, but now are on the verge of an early offseason for the third time in four seasons.
The Lou Lamoriello of ten years ago would have put both his current self and Pete DeBoer on the streets weeks ago, but it seems now that he has been settling for just being average.
The Devils need a shake up in the organization, whether it is a trade, firing, or total sale of the roster. Right now the mentality should be, as mentioned before, playoffs or bust. There is not much to lose by making the playoffs and once the postseason begins, who knows what can happen.
Right now the Devils currently sit just one point out of seventh place in a logjam of a playoff race. They are right in the thick of things, just one more addition on the offensive side of the ice and they could make a strong push after the olympic break.
There is no chance that the Devils go after huge fish like Matt Moulson or Thomas Vanek, but a minor acquisition such as Brad Boyes or Mason Raymond. Not that they are targeting those players, just some names that could make a difference to any team.
If they do not make a move between now and the deadline and have to work with what they have, DeBoer MUST lose this fixation with slow veteran defensemen and little ball of terror Stephen Gionta. The only way for this team to get better is to play the players of the future.
In the end, the Devils are in desperate need of a winning streak. They need to desperately string together a four or five wins to solidify their position in the playoff race. With everyone else in the division starting to heat up, they may start to fall out if they do not win a few games.