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  1. The Devils Uniforms

    I agree with you. The Hawks, Habs, and Wings are classics and top 3 IMO. I also like the new Leafs jerseys that they changed to last season (which was a take on one of their older jerseys). Other than that, I used to think we were in the next group with the Flyers and Bruins, which is pretty good company. Now our jerseys are no better than teams like the Sharks and Tampa.
  2. The Devils Uniforms

    Not even close. The Blackhawks have that one locked up. We went from being a top 5-6 to being in the bottom 1/2 of the league.
  3. The Devils Uniforms

    Seeing them in person, they still look horrible IMO. Just looks like an unfinished jersey to me, like almost all without a bottom hem stripe do.
  4. The Devils Uniforms

    I agree. As much as I dislike them, I was hoping they would look better on the players in full uniform but they really don't. The shoulder yokes didn't bother me at all. But the lack of hem striping and the larger stripes on the arms and socks just makes it look awkward.
  5. The NJ Offseason Thread

  6. Devils marketing to other teams' fans?

    I hope this is fake news. However, it is not something I would put past this tone deaf front office that work on the business side.
  7. The Devils Uniforms

    IMO they still looking f'ing terrible. The only reason why that picture of Hall makes the New Jersey seem ok is because he is bending over and you can't see the bottom 1/2 of the jersey.
  8. New scoreboard at the Rock?

    Looks like it is going to be similar to the one at MSG or Rodgers Place in EDM.
  9. The NJ Offseason Thread

    What do you have to do to get a 2 year suspension in the KHL? Did he kill somebody?
  10. Will Butcher Agrees to Terms with Devils

    I don't know why, but Greene and Rafalski come to mind when I think of him. Probably wishful thinking on my part, but if he can turn into anything close to either one of those players, I'd be elated.
  11. Devils to be Affiliated with the ECHL Adirondack Thunder

    I never said the Devils could get investors for a team in AC. In fact, I basically said the opposite. I said that they could try to get investors, but would likely be as unsuccessful at that as they are at selling their luxury boxes and premium seating for games at the Rock. To say that it would cost the Devils nothing is probably incorrect. It would cost a lot of time and energy to engage in a fruitless search for something there isn't much demand for. It also would likely require the Devils to have a direct financial stake in the minor league team, which would put them back in the same situation they got out of with Trenton and now Albany. I am a big proponent of growing and developing the sport here in NJ. I do agree that having a stable minor league team operating out of a place like New Brunswick or even Trenton would make sense and help grow the fanbase of this organization over the long term, but it will come at a large cost (in time and money) that most owners, including our own, are not willing to bear. You keep focusing on attendance, but you can't compare what you want the Devils to do by bringing a team to NJ to the situation in ADK. It's not even remotely the same. They have a building of appropriate size already built, a seemingly stable ownership group willing to absorb the financial burden of owning and operating a team, an already existing franchise that has its operation up and running, and a fanbase for that franchise that competes with absolutely nothing else in the area. Other than the buildings in Trenton and AC, NJ has none of that in place. The Devils would basically have to create all of the above from scratch.
  12. Devils to be Affiliated with the ECHL Adirondack Thunder

    Absolutely. The fact that there is an already establish team in ADK with an ownership group handling the financials and operation of the franchise makes it very convenient and low/no risk for the Devils. There is no professional minor league hockey team in NJ and to move one here would require a lot of effort and money from our owners. Could the Devils have tried to cobble together an ownership group of investors here to own the minor league franchise and operate it out of either Trenton or AC? I'm sure they could have tried, but they can't even sell tickets and luxury boxes at the Rock, I wouldn't expect too many people would be willing to take on a money losing minor league sports team when there just doesn't seem to be a large appetite for it here. It is a missed opportunity in the long run to grow and develop the fanbase throughout the state. But I can't blame the owners for the decision they have made here, and I would probably do the same if I was in their shoes. I completely agree that these owners are trying to improve the bottom line of the organization as a whole, and losing millions at the minor league level just doesn't seem to make sense to them. That is the biggest reason they moved the AHL operation from Albany to Binghamton. These owners have found a way to monetize their minor league assets with very little financial risk to themselves. They won't care where the teams pays if it makes them a profit. My biggest concern is the apparent belt tightening going on with the business side of the operation right now. They apparently fired 90% of the tickets sales and membership services staff over the summer, and their brilliant idea is to have the STH accounts handled by the same clowns that work for the 76ers. If that's true, its a recipe for disaster and another example of this ownership group taking 2 steps forward, then 2 steps back on the business side of the organization.
  13. Devils to be Affiliated with the ECHL Adirondack Thunder

    I'm not going to praise or trash AC, Trenton, or any other city. However, I will say this. Your argument would make more sense if the Devils had purchased ADK, rather than just signed an affiliate agreement with them. The ECHL team is not owned by the Devils. It is owned and operated by another group of people who take most, if not all, of the financial risk. The Devils are just part of an agreement to house some of their players there that aren't playing at the AHL or NHL level. That would not be the case in A.C. where nobody is looking to move a franchise anytime soon and the Devils would have to taken on the burden of owning and operating the franchise. Plus, the size of the arena is an impediment as it costs more to operate a larger facility like Boardwalk Hall, than say a 3500-5000 seat facility, and it more expensive to rent as a result. Similar thing with the move to Bingo. The Devils go from full control and operation of the franchise in Albany, and paying rent on a building that was much larger than they could hope to fill, to a situation where they are guaranteed a certain amount of revenue in exchange (IIRC it was in the range of $2 million/year) for moving the team to the city and turning over the business operations to the local owners of the arena. That's a pretty nice deal considering the Devils were reportedly losing seven figures each year playing in Albany. Would having our minor league teams in NJ be nice - sure. Would it be beneficial to growing this fanbase over the long term - possibly, maybe even probably. But it would cost a lot of money to do so, especially in the short term and our owners are not interested in it. I agree that having our AHL and/or ECHL teams in NJ would not necessarily hurt the Devils directly, but the new owners are looking for ways to cut costs and increase the bottom line for this organization as a whole, and losing millions at the minor league level just to house the teams in NJ doesn't make sense to them. It's as business decision, plain and simple. There is no civic responsibility for them to place teams here and, as long as they keep the Devils in this state and in good financial and working order, that's good enough for me.
  14. Devils to be Affiliated with the ECHL Adirondack Thunder

    My kid played games on Sunday mornings out of there last season. The worst part was the Learn to Skate program that came on the ice right after us was sponsored by the Rags, not the Devils, even though it was taking place here in NJ. It's ridiculous and, honestly, is something the NHL shouldn't allow provided the Devils are willing to run programs themselves out of those local rinks - which they should be willing to do and are stupid if they aren't. The Learn to Play initiative is now league wide, and each NHL team runs weekly clinics in rinks throughout their region where the kids get the gear for free if they attend a certain number of sessions. The Devils ran programs out of 8+ different rinks in NJ, none in NY. The Rags ran their program out of 2 rinks in NJ that I know of - Skylands in Stockholm and Protect in Somerset - as well as numerous ones in NY. They should stay the F out of Jersey as long as the Devils are willing to put on these programs for kids in the local area.
  15. Devils to be Affiliated with the ECHL Adirondack Thunder

    There is no need for the Devils to have their minor league affiliates in NJ. Where this team misses the boat is their outreach to the youth hockey programs throughout the state. They've gotten a little better in recent years, but still lag way behind the Rags.