As much as I hate Gary Bettman, and eveyrthing he does, he did make a great point after game 4 of the 1995 Stanley Cup finals:
"The Devils' amazing playoff run has taken the term 'teamwork' to a new level."
For as long as I can remember, the NJ Devils have been defined as a core of solid players with impeccable goaltending, with no flashy elements at all. Indeed it was this team that won 3 cups and dominated NHL hockey for a good decade. But along with the league's progression came a change to the NJD dynamic. The Devils, like every other team, sought the reliance on superstars, such as #11 on the Minnesota Wild, and #whatever on SKA whatever.
But those two lunatics are gone, and we have now a team that reminds me of the good old time, if I dare say. If Brunner makes this team (which I'm sure he will), we have a group of solid, possibly 20-25 goal scorers in Clowe, Ryder, Elias, Zajac, Henrqiue, Brunner, not to mention the big bodied vets in Jagr and Zuby. No flash at all with this new core, but certainly some serious skill.
And the net is set. By G-d is the net set! The Devils have the best goaltending tandem in the league, WITHOUT QUESTION. The D-men have stayed the same, other than the absence of Tallinder and the new presence of (probably) Gelinas. I am confident in this team. I wasn't at first (especially when Kovalfilth picked up and left), but now, I am seeing a similar looking team to that of the early 2000's. Let's hope they win cups like those teams did :)