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Poll: Veteran players joining the Devils (43 member(s) have cast votes)

Who was your favorite veteran player to join the NJ Devils?

  1. Bernie Nicholls (2 votes [3.57%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 3.57%

  2. Dave Andreychuk (3 votes [5.36%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 5.36%

  3. Doug Gilmour (7 votes [12.50%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 12.50%

  4. Igor Larionov (1 votes [1.79%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 1.79%

  5. Neal Broten (4 votes [7.14%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 7.14%

  6. Joe Nieuwendyk (11 votes [19.64%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 19.64%

  7. Phil Housley (1 votes [1.79%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 1.79%

  8. Sergei Nemchinov (1 votes [1.79%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 1.79%

  9. Alexander Mogilny (22 votes [39.29%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 39.29%

  10. Other (4 votes [7.14%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 7.14%

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#21 Colorado Rockies 1976

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Posted 15 March 2012 - 12:11 PM

I still remember the day that trade was done and how excited we were. The papers were all making references to Happy Gilmour the next day after the trade was done.

After years of seeing the Rags get star player after star player, it really felt like the Devils have finally become a big player. I know with the cup in 95 we arrived, but I remember my brother and his friends teasing me about how the Devils won it with a bunch of nobodies (wouldn't that make the accomplishment even more amazing then?). With Gilmour, now we had a big name to put up there and shove in their faces.

I did also feel at the time that Gilmour was only going to be short-term. Did anyone else feel that way too? I really don't think any Devils fan figured he would be here for the rest of his career or anything long-term.

As much as I admire Nieuwendyk as a player, I still get the impression after all this time that he never wanted to be here. He still put on his best face though so I have to give him credit for that.


The whole Gilmour thing was strange...first, from what I remember, Andreychuk and Gilmour didn't play together nearly as much as I was expecting them to...they were terrific together in Toronto, as many will recall. It was almost as if Lemaire was having an "Airplane!" moment, and was saying "That's just what they'll be EXPECTING us to do!"

What was clearly a bit sad was that it became obvious that Gilmour was clearly on the decline once he came to the Devils...had he shown more in his brief time here, I think Lou would've tried to bring him back, but once the Blackhawks overpaid for him it was pretty much a no-brainer for Lou to let him go...I was bummed when Gilmour left, but that's because I was seeing Gilmour as the 127-point monster he had been as a Maple Leaf, and not what he truly was as a Devil.

One guy who CLEARLY did not want to be here was Broten...from all accounts, he did not like anything about New Jersey, and was even more bitter when Lou basically told him (before letting him go) that he thought Broten's attitude sucked.
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Posted 15 March 2012 - 12:32 PM

The whole Gilmour thing was strange...first, from what I remember, Andreychuk and Gilmour didn't play together nearly as much as I was expecting them to...they were terrific together in Toronto, as many will recall. It was almost as if Lemaire was having an "Airplane!" moment, and was saying "That's just what they'll be EXPECTING us to do!"

What was clearly a bit sad was that it became obvious that Gilmour was clearly on the decline once he came to the Devils...had he shown more in his brief time here, I think Lou would've tried to bring him back, but once the Blackhawks overpaid for him it was pretty much a no-brainer for Lou to let him go...I was bummed when Gilmour left, but that's because I was seeing Gilmour as the 127-point monster he had been as a Maple Leaf, and not what he truly was as a Devil.

One guy who CLEARLY did not want to be here was Broten...from all accounts, he did not like anything about New Jersey, and was even more bitter when Lou basically told him (before letting him go) that he thought Broten's attitude sucked.


At the time when Gilmour left, the Devils had Holik, Arnott, and Morrison as centers. I don't think they needed Gilmour, nor do I think they had much of an intention to sign him.

More than Broten I think was Steve Thomas - god that guy sucked here.

My favorite pickup was Mogilny, not really close. I don't think I had seen him very much, but someone who had scored 76 goals in a season? Sign me up.
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Posted 15 March 2012 - 12:33 PM

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Posted 15 March 2012 - 12:43 PM

At the time when Gilmour left, the Devils had Holik, Arnott, and Morrison as centers. I don't think they needed Gilmour, nor do I think they had much of an intention to sign him.

More than Broten I think was Steve Thomas - god that guy sucked here.

My favorite pickup was Mogilny, not really close. I don't think I had seen him very much, but someone who had scored 76 goals in a season? Sign me up.


It was a combo of things for sure...Devils having fairly young centers and depth at that position, Gilmour clearly not being very good anymore.

Don't know if you remember, but Mogilny actually started pretty slow in 2000-01 (after not really scoring much the previous season with the Devils)...I think he had something like 7 goals through the Devils' first 30 GP that season...supposedly Lou was just about to explore trading him, but then he went crazy, scoring 36 goals the rest of the way.
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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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Posted 15 March 2012 - 12:51 PM

As much as I admire Nieuwendyk as a player, I still get the impression after all this time that he never wanted to be here. He still put on his best face though so I have to give him credit for that.


I can understand loving Nieuwendyk for his body of work, but as for his time as a Devil, I never got the adoration for the guy.

He had one full season as a Devil, put up a respectable (but not spectacular by any means) 45 points, got hurt when we needed him the most in the playoffs, then left at the first opportunity.

People tend to talk about his great leadership skills, but aside from being a hard worker on the ice (of which the Devils typically had several players like that, especially during that three-Cup heyday), I figured out why I was supposed to be so damn impressed.

Oh well.
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Posted 15 March 2012 - 08:44 PM

Kovalchuk.

(Maybe. Haven't decided. But I felt he deserved a mention, at least.)
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Posted 16 March 2012 - 08:48 AM

When I answered this question, I remembered how pumped I was when we got the player. For me, Gilmour and Mogilny were 1 and 1a.
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Posted 16 March 2012 - 10:13 AM

I went with Broten. His addition to the team created a similar feel, and similar results (for a year, at least) as when Butch Goring joined the Isles in their heyday.

And I absolutely hated/loathed/detested Doug Gilmour on the Devils. Why? I dunno, just irrational, I guess.
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Posted 16 March 2012 - 12:14 PM

And I absolutely hated/loathed/detested Doug Gilmour on the Devils. Why? I dunno, just irrational, I guess.


I thought he was pushing us over the top. Yeah, that didn't happen!
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