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AEWHistory last won the day on November 13 2014

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    Trenton, NJ
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    History, home theater, hockey (Devils), football (Jets), and many more interests...... I need more time and fewer hobbies!
  1. 2017 UFA Thread

    That's a good point and something I considered as well, although perhaps not enough. I also wrestled with how to figure the balance of talent. There were fewer teams back then, but then again the Europeans were just starting to show up and the Russians weren't in the picture. In the end I decided that the overall talent pool in the mid- to late-70s was probably roughly equal on a team to team basis as it is today now that talent scouting is world wide. Admittedly this is a fudge. I need to redo this analysis and update it. Perhaps given a little more time LL's picks will look a bit better, or factoring in pick position more fully will make a difference. I'm just not so sure. While you're right that LL's picks weren't as high as the Scouts and Rockies, those earlier teams made horrific moves of their own and traded away some good picks. For his part, LL allowed Neidermeyer to walk for nothing after sending him to arbitration twice. If there was any chance Neidermeyer was going to resign in NJ over his brother does anyone think dragging him thru arbitration helped that? And I feel he was going to drag him through arbitration then LL should have used that opportunity to get a return for someone who was sending signals that he was angry and likely not to come back. The same applies to Parise. One last point: I looked at these players entire careers, or lack thereof. So while the Devils may have had fewer NHL slots (at least in the earlier part of this period, later on less so) there are many more total NHL slots in total. It is telling that no one in the league wanted the talent LL drafted. In the '90s the talent LL drafted populated the league. The the '00s these guys played for no one. Was it because the Devils never gave them a shot? Perhaps, but I doubt the entire league will have passed on 8 years of draft picks because the Devils didn't give them a shot. Other teams must have looked at our talent and decided to pass, and pass, and pass. That's really bad. If I get a chance I will update this analysis and make a thread about it. I'd like to see if my analysis holds water, but it is hard to argue without actually posting what I did and I have in idea where I put this info.
  2. 2017 UFA Thread

    Awhile back I did a comparison, for my own edification, and compared the number of players drafted between 2000 and 2008 by LL who had managed to play 200 and 400 NHL games.* I compared this with the eight years of drafting by the Kansas City Scouts and Colorado Rockies. It wasn't even close. The Scouts and Rockies had a MUCH better draft record than LL did from 2000 on. Think about that for a minute. So yes, it is just like we were in the '80s except I would argue that back then this was a franchise that had started to build up some tradeable assets. We have fewer assets today than LL had when he took over. *- I think 200 and 400 was the base line I used at the time. This was three or four years ago. Long enough that some of the players drafts toward the end of this period might not have cleared this hurdle because of injury or slow development. I tried to factor that in, but I don't recall how. It isn't matter--it was still horribly lopsided. Given that the Scouts and Rockies had a pretty sad drafting record, this really was an indicator of how far LL and staff had fallen. And I never bother to follow that up with their subsequent drafts.... those were just as bad.
  3. 2017 UFA Thread

    Speaking of Jagr, when does this guy slow down? if he keeps going like he is he is going to start making Gordie Howe's career seem like a flash in the pan. Not to mention he will have played for every team in the NHL!
  4. Summary of and thoughts on Devils' 2017 Draft Picks

    His picks are especially good at meeting expectations ..... oh what a guy, Castron! But let's not get into whether or not every inch of him is covered with hair, okay? Am I too late to this party?
  5. 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs thread

    Couldnt agree with this more. As a side note, most people who didn't grow up in the Trenton area don't realize how fine the fault lines can be between NY and Philly fandom here. I suspect this is a result of our unique position in a pre-cable television transmission world. In Trenton you could get both NY and Philly stations before cable, but usually one better than the other depending on where in the county you were or how big of an antennae. So there is interesting split where people just minutes apart show divergent team inclinations that I suspect go back to their parents ability to get one TV transmission slightly better than the other. Since more of the people slightly to the north and east of Trenton got NY TV better, there are more NY fans closer to Princeton IME. OTOH, Philly TV got better reception in Trenton itself and along the south of Mercer Cty. So you end up with more Philly fans. It isn't a hard line, but it is there.
  6. The Devils Uniforms

    To clarify, I think we would need to differentiate between having a full-time sweater or a throwback/third option. If it is the third "jersey" then they should more or less be the sweater from the past, right? There's no point in having a "new" throwback jersey imho. However, if we are talking about a full return to the Christmas tree color scheme for full time use then I absolutely agree. That scheme would need updating so that the old uniforms would fit better in the modern NHL. After all, there were some garish unis back then. The Nordiques with that intense bleu and fleur de lis all over it or some of the other really nasty color schemes of the '80s. Now we have a whole different type of garish uniform style to consider!
  7. The Devils Uniforms

    Welcome to the boards 82-83. Like CR1976, I'm an old time Devils fan. I actually became a Rockies fan in anticipation of their move to NJ, so I have "enjoyed" their failures a tad longer than most. However, you'll be hard pressed to find someone more knowledgeable about the Devils than CR1976. As to the uniforms, I'm on the fence. I really lied the Christmas tree unis but the basic concept of the red and black I see nice. However, what I'd like to see are some minor updates, with maybe some slight changes to improve the uniform rather than a full facelift or redesign. And as others have mentioned, please no buffaslug type disaster! If I had my way, I would make the old uniforms be our third/throwback uniforms. We have lready done that a few times, but I don't think it is anything official--so let's make it an official part of the uniform rotation! For the main uniform keep the red'n'black and the logo. That logo is one of the best ever in sports history, like the Milwaukee brewers logo and Hartford whalers. The shoulders need work, so the uniform could have a slightly different color layout, edging, etc. in the end we would could have a NW look without anything drastic.
  8. Albany Devils Reportedly Moving to Binghamton

    That's interesting as I have never heard anyone say that before. Are you sure you aren't thinking of the post Devils Titans? That was a mess and, yes, the attendance wasn't good (although I think it may have been slightly better than under the Devils). Admittedly there was a drop off from the very first couple years, but attendance held above 5k per game for years (even during the championship run). In a stadium that could only fit 6.5k that is fine average. If memory serves, the Titans were always among the ECHL leaders for attendance in those years. It was the last couple years as the first incarnation of the Titans where things started to drop off, but then the Devils really mucked things up and they never recovered (see link below). But there was clearly a market here. After all, this was an ECHL team. In Trenton you can drive an hour and see the Devils, Flyers, Rags, etc. So pulling in peeps for no name players is difficult (even with cheap tix and the tickets were not always all that cheap either). An AHL team, OTOH, would have some NHL nearly caliber players and even occasionally get players from the NHL itself. It would be an easy sell in Trenton. Of course that means it won't happen. Maybe in 5 years when this contract is up they will come to Trenton. Owell, it is a wasted opportunity IMHO. http://www.hockeydb.com/stte/trenton-titans-8540.html EDIT: I did a quick check to see where the Titans were in attendance (damn, now I forget the year) in either '04-05 or '05-06. Unless I missed someone, they were 8th out of 28. I am thinking you are remembering the situation the later Titans faced. Properly run the Titans were one of the most successful franchises in the ECHL.
  9. Albany Devils Reportedly Moving to Binghamton

    I really wish they would bring a team back here. I have felt that the Devils (well, really Lou) really screwed up the situation here in Trenton and putting an AHL team here would be a big draw. I doubt it will happen, but this is a perfect location. Not to mention this is an area the Devils really need to stake a permanent claim to.
  10. Mike Peluso's law suit against Devils

    Holy sh!t man! You could feed a small, third-world country for what all those sweaters must have cost. Damn! Of course I am just jealous. I have been a fan for about 35 years and I have Devils related sweaters: 1. Devils red like the one Peluso is wearing above. 2. KC Scouts old style away (when teams wore white at home) 3. Trenton Devils I also have a Trenton Titans sweater, but that's not Devs related. I don't think the Titans ever had any link to the Devs, but my memory ain't what it used to be. Anyway, sweet collection man. So do you have any good places to find deals? I am a cheap mofo. EDIT: ah, I see some good info in the posts after the one above. Nice. Sounds like an expensive hobby. I really want a Rockies sweater, a green'n'red Devs jersey, and I may buy one game worn Jersey at some point. If I did I would want Resch though and I can't imagine those are easy to find or anywhere near my price range.
  11. Devils to reveal 'One Jersey' initiative

    I know exactly where I would like this all to go. Our third jersey should be the good old red'n'green throwbacks. I'd love seeing those babies from time to time. Out logo is perfect, so anything except minor adjustments would be a travesty. Unlike some franchises (eg-the Hurricanes) we got a world beating logo on the first try. Don't screw with perfection. As for the community, I would love to see more involvement back in the middle part of the state (and even the south). We have got to drive the damn Flyers fans out of OUR home turf. Put a team back in Trenton and really invest in it please! Get the boys down to the shore. I know our team isn't a major competitor right now, but we will be. So who would you rather root for: a team that delivers on greatness like the Devils or one that has merely teased it since the mid-70s? Thanks very much. You may go back to you normal programming.
  12. Hall adjusting to Jersey

    I lived in Salem County for 2 years and I totally agree; it is just like Alabama. People forget that Salem is below the Mason-Dixon Line (just a wee bit)c so it is theoretically "southern". I never saw so much nothing in NJ as when I lived in Salem and I literally sang out of sheer joy when my car crossed the county line leaving Salem for the last time. You could say I didn't much care for the place.
  13. Hall adjusting to Jersey

    I cannot agree with this more. The Trenton I grew up with and loved is all but a memory. The era of the great Chambersburg restaurants is over. Almost all have moved out of Trenton save for a handful. The remaining few are struggling and those that have fled are mostly pale imitations of their former selves. Trenton once had some of the best pizza in the nation but now there is hardly a single pizza place inside the city limits and all the best have left. Soon my wife and I will have to move because both of our kids have special needs for when they begin school and the Trenton school district cannot even begin to meet those needs. I hate leaving, but I cannot afford to stay. If things continue this way we will be reduced to being a glorified ghetto in short order. The sad part is that Trenton's position between NY and Philadelphia makes it a great location to live, do business, etc, but the city govt has done a poor job exploiting what resources we have and has lost many of the assets we once possessed. I dare say, however, that this is typical of NJ. As much as I love this state, we have mismanaged our cities for decades and it is biting us in the arse. But that's just my $.02. oh, we call it "pork roll" here. Never heard anyone say anything else.
  14. Hall adjusting to Jersey

    Trenton Makes and the World Takes baby!!!! Whooooo..... so I'm guessing there's not a lot of kosher food at this festival?
  15. Pru Center to (finally) enforce noisemaker ban

    Yes, I think that line was over-the-top, but I doubt it was meant literally either. People say things like that all of the time, like: "I'd rather have my eyes poked out with dull needles than read another annoying internet advert." However, I can assure you that, in fact, all of us would, in fact, much prefer reading millions of those annoying, g-dforsaken adverts instead of having our eyes ruthlessly impaled, right? Okay, maybe not the pop ups, those are worth gouging ones own eyes out to avoid, but you get my meaning.....