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Posted by Triumph on 01 May 2012 - 10:07 AM

Good thing about Sestito, like you've all said, is his grit and intensity. He doesn't take too many penalties but does play hard. And I think he'll DRAW some penalties out of the Flyers. He's like a Clarkson from 3-4 years ago, could be good, could be bad... We'll see.

Just trying to stay optimistic.

The guy has 0 goals in 64 NHL games. He's like Clarkson if you removed the goal-scoring talent and added more falling down. The 4th line will get annihilated tonight, it's just a question of whether Brodeur can make the stops.
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#1109711 Hopefully that is the last time Brodeur sees the ice as a Devil

Posted by Triumph on 19 April 2012 - 09:56 PM

I wanted to say this earlier - I don't think the Devils are a mentally fragile team. I think Devils fans are a mentally fragile fanbase.
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#1105678 Playoff Personnel

Posted by Triumph on 08 April 2012 - 04:43 PM

Like everyone said, Gionta was not an emergency callup because Boulton is still healthy. I hadn't realized that either.

I like Harrold over Larsson in Games 1 and 2 - maybe in Games 3 and 4 the Devils can get the right matchups for Larsson and he can be out there; I did think he looked very good yesterday with some great breakout passes, but I'm not sure he can be trusted in the postseason.

I think they'll go with this:

Carter-S. Gionta-Bernier

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#1105000 Newark gets short end in Prudential Center revenue share ruling

Posted by Triumph on 06 April 2012 - 11:40 AM

Then these same suburban families who go to the South Bronx, Flushing and even MSG should feel displeasure going to those places as well.

And sans MSG those places/cities I listed aren't just a little worse than Newark. They are alot worse. Stats don't lie. Bottom line is if you don't like it boycott the arena.

Like I've said every time you bring this up, Yankee Stadium has been in the South Bronx for nearly 90 years. 4 generations of Yankee fans have gone there to see the Yankees. It's where you go to see the Yankees. And yeah, the Yankees had problems drawing in the 80s and early 90s as the team declined both in prestige and as the neighborhood surrounding Yankee Stadium declined. But while the neighborhood around there isn't exactly Beverly Hills even now, I don't feel unsafe there.

I don't think the area surrounding Prudential Center is that bad either - in my experience, there's more panhandlers, but that's about it. Still, it's not the reality, it's the perception, and it will probably take a generation for that to go away.
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#1102262 The Race For 6th Thread

Posted by Triumph on 27 March 2012 - 12:41 AM

Well Ottawa is just 2 points out of 6th now.

Guess that 6th spot isn't exactly a lock now, is it?

Care to wager on that? I'll bet at even money.

Win tomorrow and the Devils are up 4 points with 5 games left to play - not impossible to blow that lead, but it's not easy, either.
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#1095535 Anton Volchenkov

Posted by Triumph on 28 February 2012 - 04:43 PM

Actually, what Volch did should have been a penalty shot (squeezing the legs to cover the puck), but the ref missed it. Kerry Fraser explained today on TSN:


Meh. Even if it had been awarded a penalty shot, the Rangers player probably would've just dumped the puck in and went off for a line change.
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#1091433 Marek zidlicky traded to Devils.

Posted by Triumph on 17 February 2012 - 12:09 AM

I'd rather trade Parise for Rick Nash. Personally, I'd rather trade Kovalchuk for Nash so we can keep Parise, but that is NO secret! Rick Nash has what the Devils are missing up front. It won't happen, but a fun "What if"... Then the Devils could concentrate on a VERY GOOD D-man and hopefully/more importantly go after a solid goalie. I can't wait to see the fiasco next year with goal.

You're still here? I thought you and MantaRay were hiding in a bunker together swapping Kovalchuk turnover stories. Hate to break it to you, but Nash isn't any better than Kovalchuk.
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#1088028 GDT New Jersey Devils at Flyers

Posted by Triumph on 04 February 2012 - 04:10 PM

Oh, and let's not forget: the Devils scored 6 goals today. 6.
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#1088026 GDT New Jersey Devils at Flyers

Posted by Triumph on 04 February 2012 - 04:09 PM

I don't like NJ's 3rd period play but it was one of those things. The refs put their whistles away and helped out the Flyers. The Devils were resting their best players. Then the Flyers put in 2 quick goals with the Devils' two top defensive D in the box and the game is close. Should NJ have gotten a few more shots? Sure. But I don't think protecting 4 goal leads is a priority of this team. Once it got to two, the Devils played a little better and probably allowed at most 2 or 3 scoring chances.
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#1087581 Elias fined

Posted by Triumph on 03 February 2012 - 01:06 PM

I thought Elias' play was fairly dirty, and probably deserved a game, but I think even Shanahan realized he passed on too many questionable hits on Devils' players. Devils were lucky to only get a minor on the play.

Still confused how the boarding hit on Clarkson has, not escaped punishment, but any review whatsoever.

Which one? There were two.

I hope that Shanahan took the context of the game into account - that three Devils had been run with 0 penalties called. Elias just figured boarding was legal now.
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#1082327 Parise: Money matters, but Cup chances are key to new deal

Posted by Triumph on 13 January 2012 - 02:22 PM

That list should be titled 'Players NHL players are jealous of'

Also Kovalchuk has been doing a phenomenal job killing penalties so far this year, I wouldn't be so quick to dismiss his ability there - I would be quick to dismiss his ability at 5 on 5 defense though.
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#1080982 Zach contract question

Posted by Triumph on 10 January 2012 - 12:22 AM

Look, any of these teams could make space, it just depends on the next CBA. The Rangers could easily wind up trading Brandon Dubinsky somewhere and that opens up enough room for Zach if they cut corners in places. The Hawks could deal Michael Frolik and they have a ton of room now. But I suspect that when the next CBA comes, the cap is going to be a little tighter - the players will have the choice of greater rollbacks and a higher cap or fewer rollbacks and a lower cap, and they'll take the latter.
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#1080716 Great article on the craziness of the KHL

Posted by Triumph on 08 January 2012 - 11:07 PM

Not to sound like a Don Cherry clone, but would that necessarily be a bad thing?

Yes. Just one game watching the American WJC team is enough - watching that team was like watching a shift at a factory. There are a handful of Canadian players who are creative with the puck, and a thimbleful of Americans as well - losing the Europeans would mean losing a lot of the magicians.
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#1076839 Devils Ink Record Number of Sponsorship Deals

Posted by Triumph on 27 December 2011 - 06:18 PM

Did someone without a HS diploma write their opening paragraph?

"The New Jersey Devils and Prudential Center have signed a record number of top tier corporate sponsors, leveraging the building’s award winning digital abilities and strong social media presence, another shining achievement for the four year old building. Included in these partnerships, five new companies have been signed to significant deals and 98% of corporate sponsors have renewed for 2012. "

Given the way it's written, I think they contracted this out to those people who write stories for the North Korean media.
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#1071793 GDT: 12/10/11 Canadiens vs Devils

Posted by Triumph on 11 December 2011 - 12:20 PM

DinLA: Hockey is the same as it has been. In one breath, you say that NJ had a hard time succeeding without Stevens and Niedermayer. Then you go on to say that the new NHL is about having top defensemen. I mean, what? You're saying the same thing. This 'New NHL' stuff has to go away - scoring rates are quite similar to the 'old NHL', and certainly aren't appreciably different. What wins hockey games is the same thing - getting shots on your opponent's net while preventing shots on your own. Which Kovalchuk doesn't help - he doesn't do either thing, really.
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