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  1. Making a decision like this is always going to be absurdly hard, whether or not you're even considering the money, and a lot of people here are oversimplifying it to a huge degree. It's not easy to assign priority to a bunch of factors that can't actually be compared directly - where do you want to live? How tied do you feel to your original franchise, its fans, and your friends there? Where does your family want you to be? Hell, Zach's a dude who's spent pretty much his entire young adult life here, maybe he just feels like it's time for a change? All of these are important factors, and my guess is that he has no friggin idea how to actually assess their importance in a clear way, mainly because there is no way to do it. As someone who recently made a decision about where to spend 8 years of my life, I can say personally that no matter how clear a decision like this may seem, it's impossible to make a choice without having a lot of serious self-doubt about it. In my mind, the fact that we remain in the running is a strong indication that loyalty to the team and fans is definitely factoring into Zach's choice. But to insinuate that this sort of loyalty should somehow outweigh actual important real-life factors is pretty ridiculous in my opinion.
  2. Bitter Rangers Fan Is Bitter

    Edit: What maxpower said.
  3. Superstitions

    Nice! I was chilling at Dinosaur BBQ waiting for my brother to show up before game 4 against the Rags and decided that I HAD to have a NJ beer before the game or we would surely lose - I did, and we of course didn't. I also busted out a Pretty Things Fluffy White Rabbits during Game 6 against the Panthers since it's supposed to be a good luck beer...... Anyway, if I can somehow conclusively prove that me drinking good beer will help the Devils win, I think I'll make a career out of it.
  4. Superstitions

    Back in the day, my big playoff superstitions were: A) Had to play some hockey in the street on game day B) Had to eat at a fried chicken place that my friend's dad owned the day of the game C) Had to play knee hockey with a rubber ball and those mini-sticks during intermissions D) Had to watch at my best friend's house (this was reinforced particularly strongly in Game 5, 2001 - my whole family watched there through 2 OT's, but we went back home after since it had gotten late and subsequently lost it in the 3rd. Needless to say, I stayed the fvck put for Game 6) I've also always had a huge superstition that I can't be a dick to anyone in general during the playoffs - it started when I was a kid, where I would become terrified we would lose if I was mean to my little brother, but it's basically morphed into me trying desperately to be a good person a-la Calvin as Christmas nears in Calvin & Hobbes. It also has prevented me from ripping on Flyers and Rags fans this year, for better or for worse. This year, my 2 biggies have been growing a playoff beard for the first time and trying to find the right Devils shirt to wear to bed the night before a game. I've cycled through 2 shirts so far, first an old 2003 Cup champs shirt and then a Chico Eats shirt when the first one lost a game. So far we're 10-1 on games where I remember to wear the shirt and 0-3 when I don't (I started this before game 6 against Florida).
  5. So... I guess I'll ask this question first...

    Sadly we may not have David Puddy on our side. Patrick Warburton is a Kings fan; will David Puddy cheer against the Devils?
  6. Where to watch in NYC?

    I actually just learned about this place myself (through a Leafs fan) and haven't even been to watch any hockey yet. But apparently every Saturday night they turn into a particularly massive Canada-fest, throw on Hockey Night in Canada and serve poutine. And poutine + Devils hockey = glory.
  7. Where to watch in NYC?

    Too late for tonight, but a great bar to check out is Standings in the East Village. They have awesome beer on tap and were quick to throw on the Devils game (with sound) when I stopped in for Game 2. Not sure how it would be on a night that we're overlapping with a Rangers, but they're generally very friendly to out-of-town fans so I think it would be a good spot to try. There's also Windfall around Bryant Park, which is a Canadian bar, and therefore also a hockey bar.
  8. Sharks/Wild swap Heatley and Havlat

  9. Devils Supporters Section Update - waiting to hear back by 6:30pm

    My favorite was one I saw at a BU game: Whenever the opposing goalie picks up his mask to get some water, chant "Ug-ly goal-ie!" <clap, clap, clapclapclap> Then, when he puts his mask back on, we cheer.
  10. State of the Forums

    Keep up the awesome work.
  11. New Kovy Update ("As the Kovy Turns")

    You can use the "but players Y and Z have played to forty-x years old" argument but that doesn't mean it's a realistic assumption to make. Of course Kovalchuk could be playing at 44. He could also be playing at 51, but there are too many unknowns between now and then to make that assumption with any remote confidence. Nevertheless, I don't think that this is what made the big difference. What I think makes this contract look especially fishy is the thought of what anyone would have to gain at its tail end. Why would Kovy want to play for (relative) chicken feed in his 40's after amassing almost $100M? And what are the odds that any team in the NHL would really want to sacrifice $6M in cap space for a 40 year old, keeping in mind that it's extremely difficult to predict what a player's game will be like 13 years into the future (hell, by the time he's 41 or so and with that cap hit, Kovy might practically seem like Rolston v2.0, and you can certainly see the line of potential trade suitors lined up at the door for him...). I find it really difficult to argue that this contract will benefit either the player or the team when this contract gets into its later years, which I think makes a strong case that nobody really expected it to play out into those years. Nevertheless, along with a lot of other people here I suspect that there is a backup contract lined up. I just can't see Lou holding that press conference unless he was absolutely sure that Kovy would be a Devil.
  12. New Kovy Update ("As the Kovy Turns")

    Of course it's reliable. I hear he got it directly from Bloch and Bettman themselves when he, erm, paid them each a "visit" over the weekend to "discuss" the upcoming decision. In unrelated news, the NHL is expected to remain silent when later this week St. Louis announces a 23-year extension to Cam Janssen's contract.
  13. New Kovy Update ("As the Kovy Turns")

    I have saved up all of my message board karma so that I could bring us good fortune today with my first post in this thread!
  14. Long time lurker

    I was about to say "and Mallrats," but I think they're playing some other hockey game there. And while I've got plenty of love for Semak, as far as Russian Alexanders go, you just can't beat Semin. Hearing Gary Thorne scream, "Semin, sent flying!!" is still perhaps my favorite EA Sports moment of all time.
  15. Long time lurker

    Hey all - I've technically been a part of NJDevs for 2+ years, but have done very minimal posting. Well, I've recently moved back to the NY/NJ area and I'm starting to feel like a stalker as I follow everything going on here without actually saying a word, so I thought I'd do the formal introduction thing which will hopefully motivate me to actually start contributing! Anywho...I'm 24, from northern NJ originally, and after going to school and working in/around Boston for 6 years, I'm now living in NYC. I've been a Devils fan since 1994, with Valeri Zelepukin as my inaugural favorite player (he was a beast for me in NHL 94 & 95, and is still one of my favorite-named Devils of all time). I was able to hit up a lot of Bruins games over the past couple of years but only a few at the Rock, so I'm really excited to have such an easy commute to Newark (and to be able to see a goal without hearing that damned "WOOOOOO" afterward). Looking forward to doing less lurky and more posty!