Posted 23 January 2013 - 03:54 PM
The Devils fan base is just about to blow the Rangers' out of the water, if you ask me.
The Devils young fanbase (those attracted by the 1995 championship, myself included in this) are justttt about to come of professional age and have expendable income to spend on tickets. I think we'll see a nice growth in attendance over the next few years
It will be Ranger country for a while...New York has a sex appeal Newark never will, and they had a huuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuge headstart on the Devils. If the Devils had been a SC contender from the start, like the Nordiques were when they became the Avalanche, that could've helped the Devils' cause early in making inroads, but as we all know, they were god-awful and took several years to become a bona-fide contender. They came to a hockey-saturated area that already had fans who were spoken for, as far as who their team was (Rangers, Islanders, Flyers). The deck has always been stacked against the Devils since they came here in that regard.
I'm not worried about blowing away the Ranger fanbase...as long as the Devils are drawing fans to the Rock in good numbers, that's good enough for me.
THE NHL MUST LOVE THE DEVILS - from who else? A RANGER fan!
[Mark Messier]: A big, bald attention whore with a stupid Easter Island-lookin face. - from who else? DaneykoIsGod!
Even when Marty comes back maybe Larry should put Clemmensen to be on the goal during the shootouts.
Can the coach do that ? Switch the goalies 5 seconds to go in overtime? - Most priceless quote ever posted on a message board.
Martin Brodeur: THE MOST ALL-TIME WINS!, 12 straight seasons of 30+ wins, 3 Stanley Cups, 4 Vezina Trophies, and zero respect from too many so-called Devils "fans" who are either too young or too bandwagon to remember the much darker days of Sean Burke, Craig Billington, Bob Sauve, Alain Chevrier, and the talented but overwhelmed Chico Resch, among many others.
It's easy to support a great player when he's playing at his very best. It takes a true fan to support that same player during those rare moments and stretches when he's not. Babe Ruth went 0-4 some games, and sometimes Wayne Gretzky was held pointless. There may be such a thing as greatness, but no such thing as absolute perfection every single night.
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