Posted 30 March 2014 - 02:46 PM
room temp, compared to '82-'87, the transition seasons of '87-'88 to '92-'93 were never really frustrating. '88-'89 was to an extent, in that after the from-out-of-nowhere run the team took a big step back, but in general, Devils fans were just happy to have a team that was competitive. The real disappointment of that era was Sean Burke...after his '88 hot streak, he never approached that level of play as a Devil ever again. The Devils kept giving him chances to regain that form (at Chris Terreri's expense...to his credit, even though Terreri was outplaying Burke, Terreri never bitched about it). Burke was so highly thought of early on that Calgary was supposedly offering Doug Gilmour straight-up for him at one point. Even after a full year of not playing due to a contract dispute (Devils held his rights but wouldn't re-sign him), Burke (with Eric Weinrich) was still worth enough to fetch Bobby Holik and a 2nd-rounder (who became Jay Pandolfo IIRC).
Tri, I actually find this season slightly more frustrating than '10-'11. I think that season's lousy first half was so incredibly brutal that it almost numbed me emotionally...my expectations fell so much that the second half became oddly fun. This season, the team's been just good enough to somehow stay (barely) relevant, but also just bad enough not to make serious headway. That 5-2-0 burst to start their post-Olympic break schedule gave us all reason to hope.
Edited by Colorado Rockies 1976, 30 March 2014 - 02:47 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!