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In Topic: Lou is New Toronto GM

23 July 2015 - 10:11 AM

Leafs make the playoffs before us

In Topic: Do the Devils Have a Moses?

20 July 2015 - 08:37 PM

I'm an atheist, but going strictly by your description of who Moses was and what he did, I would say the one and only Devil who comes closest to him was Chico Resch.  The problem with trying to select guys like Stevens and Brodeur was that they DID get to the promised land as Devils, and multiple times at that.  Chris Terreri was also a key transitional piece that enjoyed the ultimate reward, and at least was making the playoffs consistently when he was the Devils' #1 before he gave way to Marty.  Chico never came close to making the playoffs here (yes, he did as an Islander and was part of a Cup winner there, but this is about his Rockies/Devils tenure only), and since I've told Chico's Devils story multiple times on here, I'll sum up:  he's playing for the best team in the NHL in the Islanders, but has simply become expendable, so he gets dealt to the Rockies.  The team is awful and due to unsettled ownership and constant change-of-plans, the Rockies are forever their own worst enemy.  Chico is signed to a multi-year deal to stay in Colorado, and is promised that the team is committed to both improving the on-ice product and staying in Denver.  It becomes very obvious during Chico's first full (and last) season in Colorado that neither of these promises are going to be kept.  The team is sold and moved to NJ, where it's made clear that the team is going to build very slowly and piece-by-piece.  After Chico's first season as a Devil, he is frustrated beyond belief and considers asking for a trade, but has a change of heart and decides not only is he going to stay, but he is going to be as positive of an influence as possible on the young players who will be coming up through the system, and will do his best to keep everyone sane as the losses will inevitably pile up.  He somehow kept a smile on his face and was a great presence, despite the fact that he knew that his team had no chance to win, and that his personal stats took a massive beating.  He was traded to the Flyers on March 11, 1986, two seasons before the Devils would earn their first slice of respectability by reaching the Wales Conference Championship and coming within one game of reaching the Stanley Cup Finals.  Even if Chico had still been with the team as a little-used 3rd netminder at that point, even that could've been considered reaching the "promised land" in a way, considering his history with the Devils...but for obvious reasons (Chico was 37 going on 38 when he was dealt), there was no way that was going to happen. 
 
It's funny you bring up Schneider, because though he is a better player in his era than Chico was in his (Chico was solidly good, but was never really a top netminder...think a bit better than Terreri), just yesterday I was thinking about if Schneider is destined to be this Devils generation's Chico Resch.  It's not a perfect comparison - Chico was dealt to the Rockies towards the end of his prime (he was wrapping up his age 32 season), while Schneider is solidly in his - but it was something I was actually considering posting about.


Expanding on the Moses/Chico comparison, Moses was at one point part of the Egyptian royal family. After witnessing a Jewish slave be brutalized, he rejected the royal family, everything it stood for, and sacrificed great personal wealth while becoming a slave.

Perhaps Chico knew he was a much better goalie than to have to sit through such a sh!t show (demanding trade, etc.). Then at a certain point there was a change of heart and wanted to be part of the building. Far from a perfect compraison, but definitely interesting.

In Topic: Do the Devils Have a Moses?

20 July 2015 - 08:12 PM

While this is normally my reaction as well, you should be more open-minded about learning and discussing something like this in an environment such as this one.  The man was simply making a connection between literature he's reading and other favorite thing, the Devils.  He was (very) politely inviting us to make our own connections in terms of the Devils.  The subject also very clearly says, "Do the Devils Have a Moses?"  If that is what you truly did when you heard religion, you wouldn't have posted this. 
 

 
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Thank you, sir. Couldn't have said it better myself.

Love it Neb00rs. Awesome to hear about Johnston too. Those are the tidbits I was hoping to learn about.

In Topic: Do the Devils Have a Moses?

20 July 2015 - 12:23 PM

Lol, I typed out a response to this and then deleted it because I just didn't feel like dealing with it.  So I very much feel the same way.


Thanks for your contribution to this thread! I don't know where we'd be without it!

If you don't have anything to contribute, fvck off. Take your high horse and get the hell out of the thread. I didn't ask if anyone believes in any religion or anything along those lines. CR seemed to have no trouble grasping the concept.

In Topic: Do the Devils Have a Moses?

20 July 2015 - 08:56 AM

this sounds like a PK topic to me.
 
i think, at this point, you'd almost have to say Andy Greene, no?


It's the Doldrums, sundy. Throw me a bone here.

Greene's a good one. Feels like he's been here forever, been through a lot of ups and downs. Isn't part of the old, old cup winning guard.

I have a feeling CR is going to be all over this dropping some names from 90-94. I hope so at least. Loving learning a little more.