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  1. Game thread: Devils @ St. Louis 8:00 PM

    In the higherarchy of line names, you have the truely cool names that cleverly describe the line in some way (Czechmates, A-Line, Legion of Doom, FLY line) then the quirky ones that still get the message across (J-Line, Vowel Line, GAG line, Maddenbrunner) then there are the horrific mash ups that could only come from idiots like Stan Fischler. The EGG line belongs to this last group. It's a horrible name, and I think that even the players on the line have said that they don't like it.
  2. Game thread: Devils @ St. Louis 8:00 PM

    Hello all, long time no post. I was hoping you guys might humor me with some instant feedback. If you can, have a look at the nhl.com splash page. Right now (1 AM EST) it's a picture of the oh-so terribly named EGG line. EDIT: Apparently, different users see different splash pages, this is the picture I'm referring to: http://nhl.speedera.net/image-upload/devil...ion_308x194.jpg Looking at the picture, I think I finally hit on a good name: The three Amigos (or Amigos for short) 1. Obviously it refers to Gomez's hispanic heritage 2. It also, I believe, captures some of Gomez's goofy and humorous nature 3. Of course, it also is a good theme for the entire team, with a nice, cohesive connotation I posted this at HFbards too. If you guys like it, I'll start to promote it. If not, we'll have to keep using that godawful "EGG"
  3. Red & White scrimmage discussion thread

    Voros had a decent showing, he's actually a pretty good skater and I was surprised at how fast he was. He had some nice battles and nifty moves along the boards. No nice offensive plays, but that was the case for most of the players, and I think it had more to do with lack of line chemistry than anything else.
  4. Red & White scrimmage discussion thread

    Game was decent, but there was no chemistry between the linemates, so there weren't any really organized attacks. I was literally sitting 15 feet from Patrik Elias, who was wearing a Pimp-O-Licious coat. The girls swarmed around him between periods. Lou was sitting right next to him. Patrik Sundstrom's son was sitting not too far away. And there were a couple other kids in suits with him who I figured must be prospects, but I couldn't figure out who they were. It wasn't divided up into vets and regulars like usual, it was completely mixed up. There was a line of Bergfors - Gomez - Suglobov, But Gomez carried it, though Suglobov had a couple nice moves and shots. Bergfors got drilled into the boards a couple times. I was surprised at how well Foster played. Not as well as Parise or Suglobov, but he held his own and had some nice plays. Maybe he has an outside shot after all. Voros and Tallackson started slow, but ended up with some nice attacks and played a physical game. Vrana was mostly disappointing, but he had a couple really good shifts at the end. Khomutov just looked slow and Pihlman was invisible. Bergfors looked very fast. Both Suglobov and Parise were bigger than I thought they would be, and there is absolutely no issue with Parise's size - he's bigger than Gomez. I was dissapointed that Ahren Nittel didn't play, and very disappointed that Alexander Mogilny didn't play. Edit: The biggest rule change is by far the allowance of the two line pass. Brian Rafalski, Paul Martin, and Vladamir Malakhov all had sweet passes almost to the opposite blue line. The touch up offsides is nice too, as the game flowed much better, and as has already been mentioned, Marty had NO problem with the puck handling rules, stopping the corner shots before they got to the line. F U rules committee!
  5. Are tix still available for the Red and White game

    Never mind. Just called Codey arena and they said plentry of tickets are still available.
  6. Are tix still available for the Red and White game

    Can you get them at the Arena or do you have to get them at the stadium?
  7. Both SMA (Now Richard Codey Arena 973-731-3828) and Bears and Eagles Riverfront Stadium (973-483-6900) just dump me into voice mail.
  8. Marty on Almo's return

    What's Brodeur talking about? Didn't Mogilny sign with Totonto for $5.5, not $3.5?
  9. FLASHBACK: Mogilny a Devil Again

    Yeah, I felt the same way about Pavel Bure in his prime. I could watch that kind of hockey player all day. Just beautiful.
  10. FLASHBACK: Mogilny a Devil Again

    oh, and do you know where I can find more pictures of #89 in his proper (NJ) uniform?
  11. FLASHBACK: Mogilny a Devil Again

    7, I disagree with an awful lot of your posts, but one thing I have always been in total agreement with you on is Alexander Mogilny. He is my favorite player in the NHL, bar none. He is one of a precious few players that can turn the sport of hockey into an art, and watching him skate, handle the puck, and shoot, is just a joy. To top it all off he is a class act off the ice and always has some good nuggets for the media. There are quite a few Leafs fans that preferred him to Sundin, and are devastated that he left.
  12. Ilya Kovalchuk vs Patrik Elias

    I take Kovalchuk, and I'm a huge Elias fan. Kovalchuk has no Scott Gomez on his team. He has no Jason Arnott, no Petr Sykora, and no Jamie Langenbrunner. Yes, he has Dany Heatly, but that's it. Patrik Stefan is a total bust. Kovalchuk has an obscene competitive drive. He is not a pure burner like Pavel Bure, but his array of talents are enough to make you want to cry. If Kovalchuk was on the Devils, Scott Gomez would get 70-80 assists per year.
  13. "Plumber" drives Flyers crazy

    And one cup.
  14. Latest NHL labour talks called 'productive'

    It's hard to do this when the playoffs are going on. Remember that each side goes to the table with a list of concessions that they can make, and a list of demands that they need in return. They negotiate for a while, then they take the "progress" back to their respective sides (the owners for the teams, and the nhlpa representatives for the Union) and they decide what else they can give up and what else they want in return. I don't like it any more than anyone else, but having more meetings isn't really going to accomplish anything. What will accomplish something is if Goodenow and Bettmen are reasonable, willing to compramise, and are willing to make concessions.
  15. Well, he was open...

    To be fair to Niedermayer, I think his stick was being checked by the forechecker when it happened, so he didn't really do it all by himself. That was bad though, Marty was a little bit at fault too as he didn't seal off the post.