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#21 SterioDesign

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Posted 16 July 2013 - 06:33 PM

Bourne is a Devils-hater without question, constantly trolls about them on Twitter.  Whatever, NJ's record signing free agents and retaining its own players speaks for itself.

 

that track record was not based on the Devils without Zach, Kovy, Clarkson and elias nearing retirement and their endless streak of playoff appearances... its hard for fans to admit and say but let's face it. Its really not too appealing at the moment compared to a few years ago


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Posted 16 July 2013 - 06:47 PM

that track record was not based on the Devils without Zach, Kovy, Clarkson and elias nearing retirement and their endless streak of playoff appearances... its hard for fans to admit and say but let's face it. Its really not too appealing at the moment compared to a few years ago

 

Elias Zubrus and Zidlicky stayed, and Clowe and Ryder joined. Whether or not they joined because they thought Kovalchuk was a great player that they wanted to play with is up for debate, but since we know Kovalchuk is not that valuable a player, assuming NJ can make the playoffs this year the Devils will be fine.


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#23 The 29th Pick

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Posted 16 July 2013 - 06:53 PM

that track record was not based on the Devils without Zach, Kovy, Clarkson and elias nearing retirement and their endless streak of playoff appearances... its hard for fans to admit and say but let's face it. Its really not too appealing at the moment compared to a few years ago

but we got Tedenby in the system


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Posted 17 July 2013 - 09:53 AM

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.

 

I'd say that IS the draw. B- or C-list celebrities can go on just fine living in some neighborhoods of Tribeca or West Village, but really, someone with a lot of money, considerable fame, and (most importantly) family will always look at large house options in New Jersey and Connecticut/Westchester before a much smaller $10 million pad in Manhattan or Brooklyn. Keep in mind, the "big name signings" are all developed players; I'd say the age of the big ticket UFAs range from 25-30, they're rarely not 21 year olds like Crosby or Toews reaching the UFA market. They (athletes in general) have families and different priorities by the late 20s that New Jersey has been known to appeal to. In hockey especially, many of these guys grew up in rural Canada, the big bright lights of a big city is not all that appealing to them. This blogger's full of sh!t putting New York near the top of the list because of the draw of a big city. Boston makes more sense.


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