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  1. Hey man! I live in Union City! Definitely better off heading to downtown Jersey City or Hoboken to watch the games as there aren't a lot of sports bars in Union City itself. It's a very short Uber ride to most places in either town especially if you're south of the Lincoln tunnel. If you do go to Hoboken, Texas Arizona is a pretty good spot for Devils games. At least from what I've heard the owner is a Devils supporter and I think he had some connection with Brodeur. Also, Hoboken might be a bit easier to do some bar hopping if that's your interest. Cheers!
  2. I read this and immediately thought back to Daneyko's article on Lou. In there he said something about how he knew from early on when Lou got there that if you played his way and played your roll to his standards, you would be taken care of. And I think that extended beyond the contracts. Lou constantly brought in family members of players on the big club that seemingly weren't there to be real depth or developing players for Albany etc. There's something about that mentality that I will miss, but I understand why it can't be that way anymore. Re: Sal This article, for me, shad shed light on why he was chosen for the Captaincy. As a player I can't say i was ever all that supportive of him, but he's obviously a very quality person and that IS easy to get behind. He will be an excellent ambassador for the Devils and hockey in NJ and I"m very happy his priority is to stay with the organization and in the area.
  3. It was the right move at the right time. If the Devils were staring down the barrel of a Marty swan song and there were no viable goalie in the system to replace him, that would be a very scary thought. I think Lou knows this team is bad and that's why he's behind the bench. I think PDB knew this team was bad. I think that the Devils players know they're a bad team. Now call me an idiot for speculating, but I just don't see how all of this is Lou and PDB's fault. I really believe that the previous ownership situation seriously handcuffed this franchise and we're still feeling the effects. This team lost a massive amount of productivity when Zach, Clarky, and Kovy left. I sincerely think that Vanderbeek's deteriorating financial situation and his persistence on re-signing Kovy are huge reasons Lou didn't extend his top FA's. He made knee jerk reaction signings as he has in the past and they simply failed. But I simply do not believe Lou didn't kick tires or make offers on better free agents than the likes of Michael Ryder, Olez, Brunner, etc. I think the pool was dry and we're just simply not an attractive team to FA's. Hopefully we're sellers at the deadline and we can stock up on picks for a re-build. It's already happening I think. Lou is building from goal out. Next step, useful forwards.
  4. My two favorite things that KK brings and that Cory does not seem to be comfortable with are an active glove that seems to allow him to control the tempo of the game a bit, and a (comparatively) decent ability to play the puck. I know Cory's numbers are good and his results are more a product of no goal support, but I think KK's style is more complimentary to this Devils team. They are old, they are slow, and they don't clean up well around the net. By the eye test, I think Kinkaids glove has really helped the team in the games he's started. Also, and again I'm just speculating, he seems to have great rebound control and does a great job cradling pucks when they're shot at the body. I'm no Cory hater by any means; I really think he's a terrific puck stopper, but I really hope KK can keep this up and demand more starts.
  5. This makes me happy. I like SNA, but that "Let's Go Devils" chant, I think, sounds so cheap and terrible, especially on TV. Even when I'm fortunate enough to get to games, I hate the way the chant sounds inside the arena as well. And I know this is random, and maybe it's just me, but does anyone notice that the cadance for the "Mar-ty" or "Co-ry" chants that they play seems slower this year? I feel like it makes the chants sound laborious.
  6. I think Marty will get the start. Granted, I haven't watched much of the B's this year, but they always were a gritty, heavy forecheck team. I would think that with Marty they have a better option to move the puck out of the zone quickly on dump ins.
  7. I'm not sure how to say this in a more technical way, but to me it seems as if this system will ALWAYS yield high puck possession numbers. However most of the Devils time of possession and offensive zone time will come from cycling low along the boards and waiting for something to open up towards the middle, or moving the puck back up top for a point shot. Granted, those shots will get through sometimes, but without a defenceman with a big shot from the point it will never have to be respected by the opposition. And the way this team cycles hasn't (I include last season) produced a ton of QUALITY chances for these guys. Also, when you don't have a pest like Voldermort hanging out and able to cause havoc in front of the net, it becomes tough to get screens in front. All that being said, I think there are two or three chances for the Devils in this one that , if they had capitalized, could have turned the game around (I'm already tired of thinking this). So, I'll chalk up Zid's and Henrique's inability to lift the puck to first game jitters/not playing for a few days. If they go out and score a bit tonight, this is all forgotten and hopefully I can un-jumble all the thoughts in my head.
  8. I would tend to think they would like to have a team there who is going to bring business in to the arena for a set 41 events a year as opposed to leaving all that opportunity open...
  9. I think I like this combo the best and I agree, Elias at this stage is best suited for Center. Also you get what should be balanced firepower as well as defensive responsibility. My only question is how Loki will do without real top flight talent on his line. Though i do think Zubes can use his size and open up some space for the other guys.
  10. Having fought and won an eminent domain suit with my own property, I can assure you that the compensation is not nearly market value. Also, the original purpose was to build necessary infrastructure like highways. Towns started to use it to try and bolster their tax income and that is just wrong.
  11. It can be argued that this is because of our proximity to two of the largest cities on the east coast in NY and Philly, and not that there is anything within NJ to draw celebrities and athletes . Also, if we're going to talk about having rich communities, I think it is also pertinent to mention that NJ is also among the contiguous states with the highest cost of living.... I LOVE this state, but it is damn expensive.
  12. I Think I just re-lived my emotional roller-coaster of the last few hours by reading the following paragraphs of Lou's Wikipedia page (per the section titled Devils President and general manager": I'm sorry, I've had a few scotches. “Lou’s a model for our business. This is not just the best run franchise in the NHL, it’s the best-run franchise in pro sports,” says hockey executive Brian Burke.[6] Lamoriello has been lauded by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman for his key role in bringing Soviet hockey stars, such as Viacheslav Fetisov and Sergei Starikov, to the NHL in the late 80’s. "Clearly he was one of the visionaries that understood there were highly talented hockey players in the former Soviet Union that could have a place in this league," said Bettman. It was one of the reasons cited by Bettman for Lamiorello’s 2009 induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame.[10] He has fostered a “unique corporate culture” that has encouraged player loyalty. Martin Brodeur took below market contracts to stay with the Devils for years, and defenseman Ken Daneyko played all 1283 of his NHL games with the team.[11] “I like to think of my players as a family,” says Lamoriello. “And I like to think the success we’ve had through the years shows that the players value that as much as they do the Stanley Cups, knowing that the two go hand in hand.”[9] When Lamoriello is asked the key to his success, he says it has been his systematic approach to player development. “It’s the team character this squad has . . . that you build on. I don’t ever use the word “rebuild.” “Based on my college background, I like to look at my roster as my seniors, juniors, sophomores and freshmen and gauge their development and roster turnover based on players going from one of those classes into the next. You have to build your staff and encourage them to be creative and realistic in their approach—and (not) be afraid to make a mistake. We stress that in drafting, player development, and coaching. You grow from your mistakes. I know I have.”[9]
  13. I like this guy!