Posted 05 November 2013 - 04:16 PM
My second Devils game I ever attended, I was probably 9 or 10. I was waiting for high-fives as the players walked in from practice. Somehow, my tiny hand managed to pull Jason's glove off of him. I was terrified. He looked at me, smiled, and said "future hockey player here!". After the game was over, he recognized me again, gave me a puck, and said "next game, let's just fist-bump". He instantly became my favorite Devil. I'll never forget watching him score the game winner against Dallas; I'll never forget sobbing when my dad told me they traded him away, and ill never forget how excited I was when we signed him back. Congrats on a great career, Jason.
I was listening to the WFAN when the trade was announced, and I won't lie...at the moment it was announced, I was pissed. I didn't understand giving up on the A-line so quickly (or so it felt), and I felt like the move effectively pulled the rug out from under the 2001-02 team, just when it seemed like they were kind of pulling it together.
I know Lou felt like the A-line was become too much of the focus of the team, and that other players were standing around and waiting for that line to score 2-3 goals and win the game themselves. Also didn't help that Pierre Dagenais didn't step in and contribute to make up for Mogilny's departure. But Elias and Sykora just looked completely lost after that deal was made...for whatever the reason, I think Lou didn't think that '01-'02 team had any shot to go deep in the playoffs again, so he started planning for '02-'03 at the expense of '01-'02.
And in fairness, I can understand WHY Lou felt that way...they did seem to be missing something that season. It was just hard to see that line broken up permanently at the time.
Edited by Colorado Rockies 1976, 05 November 2013 - 04:18 PM.
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.
20 out of 1,946 njdevs.com members agree: CR1976 is the Most Knowledgable Poster of 2008! Victory is mine...oh yes, victory is mine!