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Devil Dan 56    354

I just got sad when I realized that if Marty does retire this year, it won't be Doc calling his last game... :(

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DevsMan84    575

That year, yeah. But listen to Thorne in 2000. He was getting jacked for the Devils, especially some Marty's big saves. The only reason he and ABC so badly wanted the Aves in 2001 was because everyone outside of Northern Jersey wanted Bourque to win the cup.

I also wouldn't mind another former Devils backup... Kevin Weekes. I like him from what I've seen on NHL Network. Very intelligent, knows the game. We're gonna have to see how many hotdogs he can eat, though.

Is calling for NBC and VS really much different than calling exclusively for the Penguins?

In the series before against Philly in 2000, Thorne had his love affair with the Flyers, especially Tocchet and Recchi.

I can still remember that one phrase he did in the 2001 cup finals when Bourque scored a goal at CAA with a slapper from the point "Bourque!! Wish a laser!!!" Never said anything near that when the Devils scored in that series.

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Devil Dan 56    354

i would be pleased with Weekes...very happy go lucky and enjoyable and i think he could deal with chico's mis-steps well

but its going to be my not as good looking brother Cangi....Shootttsss and Sccccoooressss

oy vey

I meant Weekes would be a good replacement for Chico if he decided to leave, too.

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NJDevs4978    210

Yeah his avs love affair was so blatant. You could tell he hated a devils win.

He's bound to Baltimore but they won't make the playoffs. I would love for him to be the replacement.

If you want to bring back Thorne then you'd better get rid of Chico. One airhead's fine for entertainment but two would just be a total trainwreck :lol:

I'd rather not though, I mean the game was too fast for Gary six years ago and he's six years older now. He's got a great voice but let him stick to baseball now. Cangi gets a bit of a bad rap but he was a lot better on TV this year than Matt's been on the radio.

Classy and heart-felt letter by Doc

Agreed.

Edited by NJDevs4978

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McRella    11

Wow, I'm devastated. :( Knew this could happen, but still hoped for him to stay. Well, as someone else said, at least he's not going to Pittsburgh.

All the best to him. He's an absolute legend.

I also wouldn't mind another former Devils backup... Kevin Weekes. I like him from what I've seen on NHL Network. Very intelligent, knows the game. We're gonna have to see how many hotdogs he can eat, though.

Holik for color! :P

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DevsMan84    575

Randy Velischek might be an interesting replacement for Chico, but I think he is a little too subdued for TV.

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Martyisth3b3st    1,174

I just got sad when I realized that if Marty does retire this year, it won't be Doc calling his last game... :(

I'm guessing that if Marty makes it known that he'll be playing his last game, either Versus or NBC will pick it up. I think that's a definite.

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DevsMan84    575

If you want to bring back Thorne then you'd better get rid of Chico. One airhead's fine for entertainment but two would just be a total trainwreck :lol:

I'd rather not though, I mean the game was too fast for Gary six years ago and he's six years older now. He's got a great voice but let him stick to baseball now. Cangi gets a bit of a bad rap but he was a lot better on TV this year than Matt's been on the radio.

Agreed.

Totally agree about Cangi being far better than Matty.

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John Wensink    11

Speechless....I'm old enough to remeber the first time he left. Sucked then, sucks now.

I understand the reason but watching will not be the same. The Devs should honor him this year, he more than deserves it.

You can put me in the thumbs down catagory for Cangi.

I just hope whoever replaces DOC can "warm to the task" of calling Devils games.

Good Luck and Happy life DOC. You will be missed but never forgotten.

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StormJosh    19

I'm trying to explain to my gf why this upsets me so much and I find it impossible to explain the "finesse" Doc had with his word choice, storytelling, game pacing, humor, etc etc. I've grown up listening to Doc Emrick call Devils games. Players came and went but the voice of the Devils was always the same. Doc is so good that I can't even believe he is that good.

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Risky    10

Wow, this broadcast just likely became unlistenable. Cangilosi and drunk Chico? I'll watch on mute, thanks.

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Daniel    349

I'd love Don LaGreca as Doc's replacement if at all possible (notwithstanding that he definitely has a face for radio).

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Devil Dan 56    354

I'm guessing that if Marty makes it known that he'll be playing his last game, either Versus or NBC will pick it up. I think that's a definite.

Good call, didn't think of that. I would hope you're right.

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Martyisth3b3st    1,174

I'd love Don LaGreca as Doc's replacement if at all possible (notwithstanding that he definitely has a face for radio).

Hmm, I like that idea too

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DevsMan84    575

Good call, didn't think of that. I would hope you're right.

It really depends on if Marty announces his retirement before the end of the season. If he plays the last game and then in the off-season announces his retirement, I do not think Versus or NBC would gamble on showing a Devils game when they could be showing a Wash,Pitts, Rags, Philly, Chicago, Detroit or LA game somewhere. But if Marty announces let's say in Feb or March or even a few games beforehand that he is going to retire at season's end, then most likely it will be shown on Versus or NBC.

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NJDevs4978    210

Sorry to see him go, but we were lucky to have him as long as we did. Hope everything works out for him.

Agreed, we've been spoiled in particular with Doc doing the Devils and the Gary-Keith-Ron troika for the Mets. I'm glad I at least have a handful of old games on tape and am hoping for a few VERSUS 'guest' spots this year, but yeah the future Devil broadcasts won't be the same.

I'm guessing that if Marty makes it known that he'll be playing his last game, either Versus or NBC will pick it up. I think that's a definite.

You could be right except I somehow doubt Marty'll announce it beforehand and go on a 'retirement tour'. I think it'll be more like an open secret, everyone knows but doesn't know.

It really depends on if Marty announces his retirement before the end of the season. If he plays the last game and then in the off-season announces his retirement, I do not think Versus or NBC would gamble on showing a Devils game when they could be showing a Wash,Pitts, Rags, Philly, Chicago, Detroit or LA game somewhere. But if Marty announces let's say in Feb or March or even a few games beforehand that he is going to retire at season's end, then most likely it will be shown on Versus or NBC.

The other part of the equation is if the Devils are in the playoffs, it won't REALLY be his last game, so unless we're in another situation like last year I don't think they even gamble on that.

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Daniel    349

It really depends on if Marty announces his retirement before the end of the season. If he plays the last game and then in the off-season announces his retirement, I do not think Versus or NBC would gamble on showing a Devils game when they could be showing a Wash,Pitts, Rags, Philly, Chicago, Detroit or LA game somewhere. But if Marty announces let's say in Feb or March or even a few games beforehand that he is going to retire at season's end, then most likely it will be shown on Versus or NBC.

Hopefully there'll be no need for Versus/NBC to gamble on anything, i.e. it'll be game 4 of the SCF, Devils up 3-0.

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grcenter47    28

i rather listen to Loughlin or Ross from the radio than Steve Cangelosi

i wish Emrick all the best

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DevsMan84    575

Hopefully there'll be no need for Versus/NBC to gamble on anything, i.e. it'll be game 4 of the SCF, Devils up 3-0.

I hope so too I just do not want to jinx it lol.

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eldon    41

All the best Doc. Thanks for the many years of great service. You are unmatched in your Play-by-Play and professionalism and will be sorely missed.

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DevsMan84    575

What is all this love for Matty? He is terrible and boring as watching paint dry. He also misses a lot of plays and cannot seem to get a grasp of the action going on.

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Devs4LIFE    4

I know you're not supposed to curse on these boards but...GOD fvckING DAMN IT THIS BLOWS, fvck.

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