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    History, home theater, hockey (Devils), football (Jets), and many more interests...... I need more time and fewer hobbies!
  1. I get this line of thinking but it misses the point. In military training it used to be (and may still be, I'm not sure) that recruits had to make their beds perfectly every morning. The drill srg would supposedly want to be able to bounce a coin off the tensioned covered and have that sucker bounce right back up every time. Now what the hell does making a bed have to do with being a soldier, righ!? It is about attention to detail and excellence. When you start cutting corners you will naturally continue to cut until you lose your edge. So with these soldiers you want these guys to be anal. You want clean, well maintained weapons, ammo, and bodies. Otherwise you go into combat with a weapon prone to failure or as a person prone to sickness. For me the same exact thing applies to these sports BECAUSE they are so well paid. If they were making 15k I would hardly begrudge them a more lackadaisical attitude. But they make millions playing a game. They need to stay in top athletic form, they represent their franchise and league, and most importantly if you as a fan (and the owners of the league) are going to pay them all this money then you want to see top athletes perform. So it comes down to maintains that edge and no letting laziness from one area creep into other even more important areas of your profession. After all, if I want to see schlubs play hockey then I'll strap on some pads...
  2. Such a shame to ruin another career....
  3. Keep in mind the key difference between Daneyko and Greene: On the one hand you have Daneyko, who was one of the first pieces of the puzzle that eventually became what was damn near a dynasty and one of the most successful franchises in the NHL in the '90s and '00s. He helped to raise the Devils from the obscurity of the being perennial losers and stop the franchise from the wandering from place to place looking for fans desperate enough to tolerate the on ice product. Being part of that transformation is quite literally a revolution for this franchise and Daneyko, more than any single player, most signifies the early struggles the franchise went through and the ultimate success the Devils have had. Then you have Greene. He is a very good defenseman. He doesn't miss a lot of games (like Daneyko), he is reliable (like Daneyko), and is a great team player (again like Daneyko). So while I'm not looking to slight Greene, what I see in him is the potential to be the 21st century version of Daneyko but without any of the significance that Daneyko had for the franchise. This isn't Greene's fault it is just the luck of history.
  4. This is absolutely great! I think you've just had the abbreviated version of what happened to me when this all went down. I remember reading about Jefferson/Danton (whatever his name is?) trying to kill Frost and thinking Danton was a flippin' loony. Then when it came out what the dude had been through, what Frost had done, etc., I distinctly recall pulling my judgment back REAL quick. Sort of going from: "dude tried to kill someone, get this loony out of e Devs system" to something like "damn, too bad he didn't finish the job". I hope Danton can rebuild his life.
  5. I think some folks are missing the "lol" and other tongue in cheek internet marks here. Still, I don't get the arguing over the point since what SD is saying is logically correct. What am I missing here?
  6. He should challenge Tiger Woods to a golf grudge match because Woods purchased his grandmother's house while it was being seized by the IRS for non-payment of taxes? Hmmm.... okay, I can see that. Pretty common story really.
  7. I think the idea here is the a solid NHLer should stand out at the AHL level. Maybe "dominate" is too strong a word, but I would expect even a solid NHL third-liner to be pretty much top shelf at his given role in the AHL. Conversely, if you can't stand out in the AHL, you're DOA in the AHL. That's my take about why the previous poster seemed concerned that he Matteau wasn't dominating the AHL. My 1/50 of a dollar.... IOW, I think you both might be saying much the same thing in different ways, but I could be wrong. That happened once in the early '90s, so I'm due.
  8. This brings up a somewhat different issue for me: to what extent are players and other people able to determine whether they can endanger their health even when they know all the risks? This is a good example. So he passes the concussion protocol, he apparently fully "recovered", but then again something was affecting his play toward the end. Was he just slowing down? Or were there lingering concussion issues? If this was concussion related people will cry out against the Devs allowing him to play, but what if he wanted to? I'm not really taking a position here so much as posing a question. It seems morally ambiguous to me. On the one hand, I think everyone has the right to do pretty much whatever they want to themselves, so long as it is done with full knowledge of the repercussions. But then they need to take responsibility. OTOH, i think this argument could be used in some pretty nasty ways. For example, teams could argue that EVERY player chose to continue playing when concussed and ended up with brain damage, while behind the scenes it was more a matter of people being pressured to perform or lose their jobs. That wouldn't be a willing choice IMO, it is coercion. But then you end up putting these decisions in the hands of docs and suddenly you cannot make your own choices, right? I dunno, maybe I am missing something, but any way I can think to look at it this is a nasty situation...Wanted to add my own appreciation for Sal as well. It was great having you as a Devil sir! Another in a wonderful line of gifts bestowed upon our organization by the Blues. If only we could milk that cow a little more....
  9. I have a bad feeling about LL taking this job. I think he may sully his reputation (not entirely unlike MB's end) by trying to extend his career. With the Devils LL had full control, he knew the team, he knew the prospects, he had an intimate knowledge of every facet of this franchise. There is no way he can come into a new franchise with the same knowledge set. He won't have the same control, the same comfort level, and so on. I think this is important because he was already showing signs of losing his touch when he was in a situation most people would consider to be optimal. A less optimal situation isn't likely to yield better results and LL has never come across as someone who plays well with others when it comes to control. So how does he make Toronto work? I think he has fooled himself into thinking this was a chance to prove himself all over again, but really this is a situation ripe for failure for a person like him. Perhaps I'll be wrong, but i suspect not....
  10. That primary logo looks like an evil baboon having an anaphylactic reaction. I don't fancy being the "New Jersey Sickly Baboons from Hell"
  11. I agree, although I would hope that if we were going to have him taking space on the roster we'd be able to flip him for more than a 7th should the need arise. However, I have no idea if that expectation is out of line--I simply haven't followed MSL.
  12. While I get the gist of your argument, I would have to counter by saying that I would sign tradeable assets every year if I thought I could reasonably expect a return of a 2nd or 3rd should we not need them come the deadline. It is a win-win. Either you have a vet come playoff time or you add another draft pick, and I, for one, believe the Devils can use all the picks they can get. However, this isn't a strategy you can pull off every year. I just wouldn't reject it out of hand.The only downsides are if he is taking playing time from younger or better players. In the Devils case I am not sure he would be, but I haven't followed closely enough to be sure. But even if he has slipped, the key metric is really relative, not absolute. If he is still better than what we have and could still garner interest at the trade deadline, then signing him is a viable strategy.
  13. Two dozen lawsuits? Did JVB realize he was running a hockey team and not a law firm?
  14. I also wonder how much of this has to do with the departure of the Nets. My guess is that some corporations has Devils seats and others had Nets seats, but the companies with Nets seats have been moving over to the Devils.
  15. I think Parise wanted to be near his father before he passed away and the money was there to make the decision easy. Is Kovy's dad passing? If not, this is more about money than family--that's what I think most people feel. For me, Kovy left in part because he was worn down and now he's able play play much less grinding hockey.