Another Devils Off-Season Arrives Too Early: What Went Wrong

May 20th, 2010 by levinakl Leave a reply »
The New Jersey Devils had high hopes heading into 2010 NHL Playoffs. 

After finishing second in the Eastern Conference and adding star LW Ilya Kovalchuk to the roster, the sky was the limit for the hopes of what this team was thought to be capable of doing in the playoffs. 

Unfortunately, for the third straight year, the Devils are forced to reflect and take a long hard look at themselves and try to figure out what went wrong.  Not only did the team lose in five games to the seventh seeded Philadelphia Flyers in the first round, they seemingly at times didn't put up much of a fight either, almost giving a November-like effort, rather then one needed in the second season. 

They never showed the hunger and resolve that Devils teams have been known for in the past, and that is what is the most disturbing of all.

With that, let's take a quick look back at the season that was and list out the big problems I see as the biggest reasons for the downfall of the Devils in the 2009-2010 season:

The coach and players were not on the same page.  Clearly, there was some amount o ...

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