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  2. Around the League: 2016-17 edition

    He gets the $700k if he doesn't pull an "I've fallen...and I can't get up!!"
  3. Will Butcher to "visit" with Devils

    Kerfoot is already being seduced by the bright lights (brah). Growing up in Vancouver in the early 2000's how can you not be smitten with Ronald Petrovicky, Richard Lintner, and the cardiac Rangers? Time to fulfill that lifelong dream. Because clearly this Rangers team is on the upswing. Butcher is undersized, a good fast skater but not a powerful one. Could get tossed around in the defensive zone if he doesn't put on like 15 lbs of muscle. Peter Harrold comes to mind.
  4. Will Butcher to "visit" with Devils

    Reminds me way too much of Matt Gilroy for me to feel any way about this. But at the end of the day, I would rather take a chance on someone like Butcher than Kerfoot, so this is good news.
  5. The Official Devils GAME WORN Jersey Thread

    Only things I picked up in the summer sale were Holik gloves and a McKay stick. As for jerseys, since the last time I posted I got Zajac retro night from 16-17 (with some nice photomatches), a Holik 96-97 red set 1 Kevin Todd 91-92 red set 1, Nieuwendyk 01-02 white set 3, Andreychuk 96-97 red set 1 (previously owned this and re-acquired it almost exactly one year after I sold it), and a couple of other things:)
  6. New York Mets 2017 Season Thread

    He also did that to Todd Hundley as well, heavily insinuated that he needed to curtail his drinking/smoking. Only that wasn't a back channel it was out in the open. But other than that I don't remember many Valentine/Player clashes. Even when Mark Corey and Tony Tarasco were busted I just remember Valentine almost being amused by it and mocking a stoner. He also used to send his pitching coach out to make pitching changes which is something I hadn't seen before or since. It was strange...some saw it as arrogant
  7. New York Mets 2017 Season Thread

    I do remember the whole scuttlebutt that BV was talking about Todd Hundley burning the midnight oil too much and Hundley got all bothered by it, but there was apparently a bit of truth to it.
  8. New York Mets 2017 Season Thread

    Gsellman has had a brutal year overall...really makes him look bad at the moment. But this is how players can get when they're NEVER taken down a peg...who could forget when Sandy was criticizing Tejada in the papers at the end of 2013...of course Tejada would play in over 110 games in each of the following two seasons. Inmates have been running the asylum here for years. Bobby V supposedly was a guy who had a way of leaking things to the press and criticizing players through back channels, that would have a way of getting in the papers without being directly attributed to him. It really used to aggravate Mike Piazza at times, among other players (though Piazza did say in his bio that he did like Bobby V).
  9. Around the League: 2016-17 edition

    Good for Matt Cullen, still getting contracts on the back of 2 consecutive Cup wins. As for Leon, guy is a stud. Big-time contract. Big money contracts are always scary but he'll probably be a top 10 guy in this league for years to come.
  10. New York Mets 2017 Season Thread

    I like the old Bobby V approach of not criticizing your players to the press (or doing so very rarely only when you need to light a fire), but overall I can't fault Sandy too much over it...Gsellman's answer was flippant at best and stupid at worst (this guy is your boss) Just go out an pitch like a bulldog and this will be all forgotten.
  11. New York Mets 2017 Season Thread

    Speaking of accountability of course the Mets can't go a week without some form of contreversy, this time because of Gsellman who responded to a question about Sandy saying he needed to pitch better popping off 'I don't care'. Apparently Sandy's none too pleased
  12. The Official Devils GAME WORN Jersey Thread

    JWomp great jersey! Rupp was favorite of mine as well. Cool jersey with a cool story! I picked up a Rod Pelley w A and a Nick Palmieri Lowell Devils jersey in the Meigray sale. Couldn't pass up that deal. Also have a beauty coming in the mail later this week! Photomatched to over 2 dozen photos! Can't wait!!
  13. The NJ Offseason Thread

    New Jersey Devils‏ Verified account @NJDevils Save the date! #NJDevils single game tickets will be available to the general public on August 25. http://atnhl.com/2fomuaW
  14. Around the League: 2016-17 edition

    https://mobile.twitter.com/EdmontonOilers/status/897880698429685760?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&ref_url=http%3A%2F%2Fhfboards.hockeysfuture.com%2Fshowthread.php%3Ft%3D2364399%26page%3D26 Draisaitl re-ups for 8/$8.5 per.
  15. Martin Brodeur signed Franklin goalie mask. $225 plus $10 shipping inside the USA. Steiner COA and Holo. Pm with interest
  16. Around the League: 2016-17 edition

    He was tweeting about that one after he announced his retirement. Said he and Cam would still be going now if those refs hadn't jumped in
  17. The Official Devils GAME WORN Jersey Thread

    Nice pickup! You know which jerseys I have picked up lately;)
  18. Will Butcher to "visit" with Devils

    I read somewhere that he will get offers at whatever the rookie max is, I thought I saw $850K per year for 3 years, plus bonus. I'd love to get this kid signed and see what he has...
  19. Will Butcher to "visit" with Devils

    Something to read. Didn't see this posted: http://thehockeywriters.com/will-butcher-new-jersey-devils/
  20. New York Mets 2017 Season Thread

    Hey Freddy, Jeffy, and Sandy! You know what this is called? ACCOUNTABILITY! I know, novel concept.
  21. New York Mets 2017 Season Thread

    Watch and learn Wilpons (they won't) this is how it's done Source: Saints fire team orthopedists after misdiagnosis http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/20358534/new-orleans-saints-fire-team-orthopedists-misdiagnosis METAIRIE, La. -- The New Orleans Saints have fired team orthopedists Deryk Jones and Misty Suri, a source told ESPN, after it was discovered that cornerback Delvin Breaux had a fracture in his fibula that was originally diagnosed as a bruise. Breaux will require surgery and is expected to be sidelined for four to six weeks. And although it was accurately reported by the New Orleans Advocate earlier this week that the Saints were frustrated with Breaux's history of nagging injuries that they felt he could have played through, they no longer appear as eager to trade or part ways with him.
  22. New York Mets 2017 Season Thread

    Yeah, re: the bolded, both Smith's and Rosario's HRs were iffy at best...not that I'm not happy for them, but you don't get cheapies like that in Citi. And yeah, I can't go too too crazy over what Rosario and Smith have done to date (I wasn't expecting either one to come up here and start shredding), but it's weird that neither one has so much as drawn a single walk. We'd heard about Rosario not being selective...guess we're really seeing it. Good news is that he's having to adjust at the highest level, without PCL-bloating...I'm sure it was a little easy for guys like Rosario and Smith to start thinking that they're more beastly at the plate than they really are.
  23. Will Butcher to "visit" with Devils

    Yep, now's not the time to be conservative. It's a free asset. If it's a free 3rd pair D, great. If it's a free 2nd pair D, great. It seems that all the reports suggest he will be more than a 7th/AHL D-man. And since D is highly coveted in this league, it's a no brainer to be at the table, not to mention NJ's dire need for young talent on the back-line. Sure, if he doesn't sign here, no tears should be shed. But we should all be crossing our fingers that he does. The comparisons with Vesey imply that he will be better at his respective position. Vesey scored 14 goals as a rookie last year, granted, a 23-yr old rookie. If Vesey is a 40 point wing this season, perhaps Butcher turns into a 25-30 point 2-way D, which would certainly be nice. People pay big money for that kind of thing, well, unless your name happens to be Franson. Definitely excited to at least read NJ is on the list.
  24. The Official Devils GAME WORN Jersey Thread

    Very quiet on here...anyone add anything new lately? Here's my latest pickup - Mike Rupp's NHL debut jersey. It's an 02-03 white set 1 that Rupp wore in his first NHL game on 1/13/03 against the Florida Panthers. Much like his finish to the 2003 season when he scored the game-winning goal in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals, it was a storybook NHL debut for Rupp. Called up from Albany to make his debut on his 23rd birthday, Rupp scored two goals in his first game including the game-winner (and had a third goal disallowed - so close to the hat trick). He went on to wear the jersey in 6 games, scoring his first four NHL goals while wearing it and also picking up his first NHL assist and first NHL fight in the jersey. The jersey has really nice wear considering it was only worn in 6 games (roughly 9-10 repairs including some really cool clusters of repairs on the shoulders, where excessive board burns had to be sewn shut) and it is photo matched to all 6 home games he wore it. Rupp never lived up to the hype of being a first-round pick, but he has always been a favorite of mine since his impressive NHL debut, the 2003 Finals, and throughout his two stints with the Devils, so I'm very excited to add this to my collection.
  25. New York Mets 2017 Season Thread

    Yankee Stadium is right now a perfect storm for HR's. It's always had those wind currents that travel through it and boost the ball, plus the juiced ball itself and the fact that the strike zone was tightened up...pitchers are helpless there. The HR Ellsbury hit last night was a joke but we've hit our own share of joke HRs in that ballpark too It's still early for them, and it took Reyes well into 1000 career AB's to learn how to walk (don't want Reyes to be what we measure them against). I can remember a game I went to where it was bases loaded, 0 out, Reyes at the plate...3-0. Yep you guessed it. Weak eye high popup outside of first. I think they'll both come around but I just wish Rosario would lay off that slider 2 feet off the plate. He's K'd a lot on it and it's not exactly a pitch that even spends a split second in the strikezone so he's gotta do a better job identifying. It WILL be coming as the book on Rosario is collected. Amed has great plate coverage but even he can't get to a ball that's practically in the dugout.
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