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About mort4345

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  1. GDT: New Jersey Devils @ Montreal Canadiens

    Perhaps I'm out of the loop, but didn't the Devils' game forum chat threads used to be much longer in the days or yore? It seems to me that this would have been a 10-page thread not too long ago. So my question is this: Are the Devils fans just less interested than before or has there been a change in protocol for game-day forums on this website? No dog in this fight, just curious.
  2. GDT: Devils @ ChiTown 8:30

    I think this is how I'm starting to feel about the Devils this year...  
  3. GDT: Devils @ ChiTown 8:30

    I don't think it'd characterize it quite like that. However, that being said, when I read this post I shot vodka soda out of my nose from laughing so hard. In sum, well done sir, well done...
  4. GDT: Devs vs. the Champs

    I think we all have to acknowledge that this Devils season, at least right at this very moment, is about as good of a scenario as we could have been hoped for.It's a fun team to watch again.
  5. GDT: NJD @ OTT 7:30 PM

      Oh my god, I thought the same exact thing. According to my calculations, the odds of the outcome we just witnessed were about 316 to 1.    UPDATE* - Just got off the phone with an MIT prof and he said my math was, "Totally sound." So, there you go.
  6. Isles unveil hideous new 3rd jersey

    I do kind of wish that the Devils would have a predominately black uniform as a rare third option. I think you could design something pretty badass. 
  7. 2015-16 Training Camp Thread

      I think as much as I wouldn't mind seeing Elias on the third line, he's not going to be a happy camper playing there. So there is going to be some politics - especially given the fact that coach and Shero seem to be relying heavily on Elias' leadership this year. Maybe Elias still deserves a 2nd line spot and maybe he doesn't. But I think he's going to have to really flail to get moved to the third line (or start the season nursing injuries while someone really steps up to push him out when he returns). 
  8. Chris Lams gone now

    When I first heard that Chris L. had departed the organization I was devastated. But then I realized I had no idea what he actually accomplished over the past decade ... and felt better immediately.
  9. Passing judgement on your Stanley Cup title

    Best part:   Tampa Bay Lightning, 2004: Come on. Verdict: Literally could not count any less.
  10. Your Thoughts About: #22 Jordin Tootoo

    My thoughts on Jordin Tootoo are the exact same as Tuomo Ruutu: They have way too many vowels in their name. Granted I'm a consonants guy, but come on ... that's just annoying no matter which side of the tracks you're on.
  11. Devils Survivor 2015

  12. Zubrus to be bought out.   This sums it up
  13. Fan Misery Index - Devils #1....really?

    Quite frankly, I prefer that the Devils are flying under the radar. I'm usually a glass-is-half-empty kind of guy, but personally I think the Devils future looks very bright. Sure, the Devils probably aren't going to win the Stanley Cup in the next two seasons or so, but I like the template Shero is putting out there. I like the young D corps, I like the cap room, I'm intrigued by the new head coach, our goal tending has the potential to be in the top of the league for the foreseeable future, Zacha looks like he's the real deal, and the Devils have some nice draft picks in the next few years as well. Yeah, the Devils are going to have some growing pains. But as a Devils fan, I'm way less miserably than I was 6 months ago. And, at the very least, our team didn't just trade away Dougie Hamilton. So there's that ...
  14.   I wholeheartedly agree. It's a good deal, surprised it was for 6 years and not 5 but that could ultimately work into the Devils favor as well. If he continues to improve on even a reasonably conservative trajectory, this deal will be considered a steal. But it's far too early to say with any certainty that this is a homerun contract because there are clearly some significant risks associated with that length of term alone. If Larsson's development goes south for whatever reason, especially early in his contract, it's not going to be pretty. But since the Devils have tons of cap room, they probably have a little more leeway than most teams to make that kind of gamble - which is a nice luxury to have. In any event, it's clear that the Devils brass really like what they're seeing from Larsson, especially as of late. And I think that's rather nice to see.   p.s. An interesting question to the forum: Would Lou have given Larsson a similar contract? 
  15. Lou is New Toronto GM

    I have so many thoughts on this Devils offseason (my head is still spinning), but I think it's probably for the best that Lou heads elsewhere at this point. I do think Lou's hands were tied in the whole Parise contract deal (although I think they should have started negotiations way earlier), I don't think Lou was completely on board with the Kovy contract, etc., ... but the fact remains, Lou had plenty of horrible to head-scratching signings over the past 8 years or so. I also find it interesting that Lou jumped on board with Toronto - that media market and Lou are going to be like oil and water. The Toronto Make-BelieLeafs are a terrible team and they're not going to be good for a few years at the very earliest. Lou bristled at the slight media coverage he received in Jersey (status quo) so how is he going to function in the meat grinder of the Ontario media markets? It's going to be fun to watch. Overall, I'm pretty happy with the changes for the Devils - time will tell if they were the right moves or not. But the Devils, at the very least, are heading into the 21st Century where the Leafs are jumping into a time machine heading back to the 1980s. And the Devils wind up with a nice 3rd round pick to boot. So while I'll miss the glory days of Lou, Conte and Marty, I think the Devils are wise to move on.