October 8, 1982, Brendan Byrne Arena. In the Devs second game ever, the Devils beat the Rangers 3-2 for the Devils first win ever. Chico Resch and John Davidson were in nets. The crowd was back and forth the whole game. I was one month shy of my 14th birthday. My father dropped me and my friend off at the arena and picked us up after it was over. I was a Devils fan right from the start. My buddy was a Rangers fan. We sat in the upper bowl, one section over from where the Rangers broadcast crew was announcing the game. In between periods, I walked over and got Phil Esposito's autograph. I didn't care that he was a Rangers great. He was an all-time great famous ex-hockey player. I still have the game program and my ticket stub (from Tele-Charge, I think).
Even though this is entirely Kovalchuk 's decision, I can't help but be pissed again about that dumb lockout.
At the time, some were saying that by letting it go on so long, the league was taking a chance that the fans would get used to there being no hockey and would find something else to do with their time -- even when the game came back.
It turns out that maybe it was the players, too, who found something else to do -- or in Kovy's case, somewhere else that they'd rather be.
Whenever I get a chance, I also like to check out The Stadium Shop, nearby in Gateway One Plaza. They usually carry some interesting and unique Devils stuff. And their player T's are priced cheaper than at the Devils Den.
For me, my personal decision to boycott some games, it's just the principle of the thing.
It's a business. I get that. All I am saying is, OK, if they want my business, maybe they should work harder not to screw around with the season everytime the CBA expires.
I guess in a way maybe my aim is to "punish" the league, although that's not exactly how I think about it.
I understand all the boycotts very well might not make much of a dent in future league decisions. But who knows, maybe it will have some effect. All I can do is what feels right to me.
I am perfectly OK with not going or watching for the first 10 or so games, and not buying some more Devils gear -- and that is their fault that I feel that way. They conditioned me to feel that way. Normally, I would be all over the start to the season.
I do promise to you guys not to muddy up the GDTs with boycott talk. That's not why I'm doing it.
I respect most everyone's views on the matter, whether they feel as I do or not.
And then the players could have walked out on strike, which Fehr did in baseball. I'm not defending the owners but how can you expect them to agree to that when the same man who led the MLB players to strike is running the players union? That scenario would have been the only thing worse then canceling the entire season and the owners would have been insane to agree to something like that.
But the players didn't strike -- not this time, not last time, and not the time before that.
Three lockout in a row and many fans are still laying this largely on the players. I don't get it.
I am a little surprised at the amount of fans in here nitpicking this deal. It's Martin "Bleeping" Brodeur, our all-time greatest player ... the "Franchise." Did he win the Vezina last year? No, of course not. But he did still get us two games away from the championship.
I have no problems with the contract length or amount. I am simply very very happy Lou and Marty got it done.
And if you're still that down on him, don't worry, in two years max, he'll be gone for good.
I didn't see how the Game 2 GDT ended, but even if it got really bad with insults and stuff, why at least couldn't the thread have been locked instead of erased altogether? Now we have no record of any NJDevs.com's opinions on a vital Devils SCF game. Just my two cents.
I have 4 each to games 1 an 2.. Looking to sell at cost ($102.50 with fees) to any Devils fan.. Just don't be a dick and buy these to resell for profit
Game 1 - Section 215, row 8, seats 1-4 on the aisle
Game 2 - Section 231, row 9, seats 15-18
I just want to give props to Colin for pulling over $800 out of his own pocket to buy four sets of tickets at the special reduced presale price to games 1 & 2 of the next series for the sole purpose of selling them to other Devils fans at no extra cost. If the Devils end up playing the Rangers, I'm sure he easily could have made a pretty nice profit had he put them up for sale on eBay or Stubhub -- which would've been totally understandable had he chosen to do so.
But because he's such a huge Devils fan, on his own accord, he made sure that eight Devils fans -- myself included -- will be in the building for at least one game during the Eastern Conference Finals -- at a low price to boot.
Thanks, dude. I'll be sure to seek you out at Game 2. You can count on that.
(Just so everyone knows, all the extra tix he bought for this round have been sold.)
As much as it sucks losing these last two games, we still are only 10 points behind the Rangers in the conference.
Are we going to catch them? Probably not. But that's not the point. The point is we are still a pretty decent team. If we weren't, we wouldn't be seventh in the conference.
The Henrique hit on Talbot in the second period was AWESOME. And Patty going at it with Briere in the third was nice to see. If more players could play with the same snarl, yet remain just as composed as those two guys, it will help our game. I would love to see it.
Still plenty of games left to play. Don't fret. We are in it.