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by George Malik on 02/11/13 at 12:21 PM ET
Update: Whoops, wrong blog! Sorry! The CBC's Elliotte Freidman's penned another excellent "30 Thoughts" column, and he leads the affair off by duly noting that the rumors of the New Jersey Devils' Zach Parise-less demise were at least slightly exaggerated:
The New Jersey Devils lost Zach Parise for nothing and we were quick to write them off. Boy, do we look dumb.
"Part of it is the history of the organization," Devils head coach Peter DeBoer said minutes after the defending Eastern Conference champions finished a weekend sweep of the the Pittsburgh Penguins. "They've done this a half-dozen times and the mandate is always the same: fill the holes as best you can and continue moving forward. It's not even an option to feel sorry for yourself. One thing about the Devils, there are no irreplaceable parts. We do it by committee."
Since 2000, they've lost Scott Gomez, Bobby Holik, Alexander Mogilny, Scott Niedermayer, Brian Rafalski and Parise to free agency (Don't forget Scott Stevens to retirement, too).
There were dry years, though, by New Jersey's standards. After winning their third Stanley Cup, the Devils won just two post-season series between 2004 and 2010 and missed the playoffs in 2011. DeBoer's first season was a rousing success, getting within two wins of another Cup conquest, but when Parise walked, many of us thought fun time was over.
A coach, however, is expected to believe otherwise.
"We had a lot of guys step up [last season] and I thought it was big enough of a sample size ... that it was not a fluke," DeBoer said. "We could do it again, build on it."
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