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#1301468 Satirical Newspaper in Paris attacked

Posted by Daniel on 20 January 2015 - 07:01 PM

You mean a liberal rag that is part of a dying industry covering a dying industry doesn't receive the backlash a conservative news outlet gets for these types of things?!

Color me not shocked.

I imagine Emerson probably won't be on Fox News anymore. Meanwhile, Al Sharpton is celebrated by the likes of Jon Stewart, has his own TV show on MSNBC and is an advisor to the President.

Sharpton's track record when it comes to falsehoods and stirring up hatred -- with people getting killed in the process -- dwarfs anything that's ever been on Fox News.

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#1298862 NJ's Drafts: Before And After, 2000-10

Posted by Daniel on 02 January 2015 - 05:06 PM

Duclair played on a better team in a weaker league and put up comparable point numbers. You're never good at discussing this topic so I will probably just have to cease from talking to you about it.

It's a very minor point about DuClair v. Kujawinski and I said that it wasn't something that upset me that much. DuClair also put up a ton of points he year before.

Being a pompous ass though seems to be your reason to exist on this planet, so you can have fun with the spreadsheets.

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#1290408 The Devils are bad and it's time to tank

Posted by Daniel on 21 November 2014 - 03:43 PM

Tanking is not the right way to do this, just draft and develop better like Tampa Bay.



Notice how Tampa's roster has players who were picked numbers 1, 2 and 4 overall all of whom are under 25.  And they sold high on an aging player for two first round picks, albeit he forced their hand, and not everyone has a player that can fetch that kind of return. 


Again, we're not talking about getting rid of everyone.  Just players that are likely not going to be here after this year, when there's a legitimate shot at a generational talent.  If the foundation of a good team is already in place (debatable, but that seems to be your premise) then there's no downside to taking that approach.

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#1288853 Joy joy joy bite smash joy

Posted by Daniel on 12 November 2014 - 01:15 PM

I do hate that one. I am so tired of all of the commercials on the MSG telecast. Even that Ray Catena commercial where the couple buys a car and at the end are seemingly as satisfied as after sex with, "That was amazing". I have been muting the TV for a while now.

Ray Catena's ads are actually pretty helpful. I was planning to go to his showroom to seek help with my family affairs and life in general. But when I saw his ad, I realized he's only there to take care of my car, so I stayed home.

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#1284153 Join the revolution oust Hugh

Posted by Daniel on 23 October 2014 - 12:36 PM

I'm indifferent to this debate but come on, embarrassed to root for your team cause people say you suck? Gimme a break. Who gives a sh!t what other people do and even more so who cares what other people think of our fan base.


I'm embarrassed for a number of reasons, not really because they like to say "you suck".  As another poster mentioned, and quite sharply, the new ownership and management team is the reason the team is not bankrupt, has spent millions of dollars upgrading the arena, and is committed to keeping the team in NJ and building its own identity.  Yet these morons will make t-shirts that tell a member of that management team to get lost because of a chant that half of the fanbase didn't care for in the first place.   They've tried several times to have a goal song that everyone can get behind, including taking the effort to make an original one.  Yet their low IQ baboon brains can't resist the urge to say "you suck" when it doesn't work, especially when we're losing 3-0.  And not to mention that they boo after the Devils score a goal because they don't get tell the other team that it sucks at that particular moment.


That's an utter embarrassment. 

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#1284081 Join the revolution oust Hugh

Posted by Daniel on 23 October 2014 - 08:46 AM

The more the YS people talk, the more I despise them because they make me embarrassed to root for the team I have followed for more than 25 years. A complete and utter bunch of a$$holes. You morons ruin everything.

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#1282470 Here we go again. New goal song for 14-15

Posted by Daniel on 16 October 2014 - 09:38 AM

If any you suck people are lurking here, it would be kind of cool and slightly more clever if you chanted "You Still Suck" after the other team scores the goal, like in the movie The Wrestler. 


That way, you don't have to ruin the experience of the Devils scoring a goal for the rest of us. 

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#1278961 2014 Training Camp Thread

Posted by Daniel on 23 September 2014 - 04:26 PM

Isn't sad we all see that S. GIONTA isn't NHL material buy Pete and Lou love him as he downgrades our team.

He's proven to be an effective penalty killer and a decent fourth liner. He gets something like 15 minutes of ice time a game. At this point it's a toss up as to whether he's better than Josefson, who only has the cache of being a high draft pick. No other team bit on Tedenby or Bergfors, so it may be the case that Josefson is just another mid first round pick who didn't pan out, like about 40 percent of them.

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#1278288 NFL Week 2!!!

Posted by Daniel on 17 September 2014 - 02:44 PM

Almost everyone involved comes off as so phony.  Overlong well-crafted see-through fancy PR statements don't hide that. 


Minnesota reactivates AP because they saw what life on the field would be like without him.  Then Radisson drops the Vikings because of that decision, so of course now it's an instant about-face, but heaven forbid either statement had a shred of honestly in them.


All that's happening is that the NFL and its sponsors are watching and gauging the public reaction and THEN reacting, and trying to make it look like they're saying "See, we think this stuff is bad too!  Very bad and we've known that all along!  We're sensitive to it, always have been!  We just didn't say anything about it until we were forced to make ourselves look like we're above all of this...I mean, you know, until we had to!"  Sure, after it takes thousands of fans, sportswriters, and talking heads to get you to see that you should've shown that you were sensitive to this stuff to begin with, as opposed to people basically having to force your hands. 


It's actually stunning how hard the NFL brand is getting hit...for so long, even when they did things that we didn't love, it felt like they could just about do no wrong.  It's all come crashing down so hard and so fast.  Yes, they'll survive this (we'll see if Goddell does), but who saw any of THIS coming a few months ago?  The actual GAME of football isn't much more than a footnote right now.    


Here's the question though, would a single fan stop watching or going to games even if Rice or Peterson were not even suspended for a single game?  Maybe a few, and maybe you'll get a few protesters outside the league office and outside of stadiums, although you had just one protester show up outside of the Ravens' stadium with a sign about domestic violence.  I know of not a single Patriots fan that has stopped watching Patriots games even though they were employing a psychotic triple murderer for three seasons, and knew of his inclination towards gun violence.  On the Dolphins message board I lurk on, even the ones that were disgusted with the organization about allowing Incognito to do what he did, did not boycott a single game.


You would also expect the owners to do everything they can to hold on to Goodell.  Fans might not care for him, but he's made the owners a lot of money.  The owners did not get as rich as they did by being fools.  While they might overpay for a big time free agent, they would not give Goodell the massive salary he gets unless he was making them even richer.  I imagine each and every one of them is scared to death that they might be forced to replace him with someone like Condoleeza Rice, who might be necessary to help the image of the NFL in the eyes of sponsors and the press, but would not know the first thing about fattening the owners' wallets even more. 


I've said it before, but much of the NFL's talent pool is made up of low-IQ violent thugs who are taught to be as aggressive as possible, who have been allowed to be violent thugs since high school and continuing through college.  SEC schools seem to be in competition with one another to see how much they can bend academic requirements.    You then give them millions of dollars and even more fame than they had before, and it becomes clear that Rice and Peterson might be the tip of the iceberg.  And now media types are shocked! shocked! that many of these guys beat women, children and get arrested for all sorts of assaults.  Give me a friggin' break.


Here's maybe the best take on AP that I've seen to date.





I’m all for leaving the government out of the bedroom, the bathroom, and the shed where you whip your boy with deciduous branches. … But Adrian Peterson isn’t really a dad. He’s a football player who likes to stroke his ego by impregnating women so the world may know the power of his seed. … He didn’t even know he had one kid until that kid was beaten to death. He may have as many as seven kids around the country.

Every summer Peterson hosts a Meet Dad Camp at his estate in Texas where his multitude of bastards get a couple weeks bowing down to the peacock before receiving some Vikings swag and a Greyhound ticket back to their moms. Just because you pay the court ordered child support and you like to brag about your reproductive powers doesn’t make you dad. Charles Barkley says all the black dads in the South whoop their kids like this. Great. … Make the Lorax weep with all the trees you fell just to make the perfect switch. But you can’t lacerate your rent-a-kid the day before he’s packed in the FexEd box and delivered back to his real home. Get some perspective. Adrian Peterson isn’t a throwback disciplinarian. He’s just a pretend dad who likes to hit kids with real sticks.

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#1273695 Kovalchuk Retired Effective Immediately?

Posted by Daniel on 15 July 2014 - 10:13 AM

Bottom line, I don't have any regrets about the whole saga (we don't make it to the 2012 SCF without him, and ultimately I think Parise would have left anyway), but it was probably for the best that he left when he did.  I still think there's a good shot we would have made the playoffs last year had he been here, but, in all likelihood we would not have gotten the pick back this past year.  If Quenneville turns into a pretty good NHLer, or is part of a trade package for another good player, it would have been worth the mediocre result this past year.  In the meantime, for all intents and purposes the cap hit is gone, and you wouldn't have to plan around the inevitable cap recapture, even if it would have been five to six years away. 


And who knows, maybe there was something to the rumors that he's trying to find a way to return.  But really it looks like the team has turned a corner.  Perhaps the discussion here should as well. 


EDIT:  I'll also add that Kovalchuk brought a ton of excitement while he was here.  Perhaps it doesn't mean anything to the Mr. Spock's of the world, but there you have it.

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#1269256 This off seasons UFA's and realistic possible trades

Posted by Daniel on 18 June 2014 - 01:09 PM

Unless the goal is tor try and have an anomaly of a  bad season next year with the hopes of landing McDavid or Eichel, the idea of the Sharks rebuilding is absolute lunacy.  They had 111 points last year, and that's with having a future superstar in Hertl that was already having a good season as a 20 year old before he got hurt.  They lost in seven games and should have beaten the Kings.


The mob is fickle brother.

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#1268931 So Apparently The Rumor Is Kovy Could Be Coming Back

Posted by Daniel on 16 June 2014 - 09:47 AM

I understand that it's likely never going to happen, but maybe this story about Kovy trying to come back to the NHL has more legs than we initially thought...




Apparently the KHL has lowered its salary cap from $40.4 million to $32 million for all teams and, more importantly, the cap will apply to all player's salaries as the exemption for guys like Kovy that jumped from the NHL to the KHL has been done away with.  Yes, I know that the KHL makes backroom deals and changes the rules like the wind, but if the league is truly beginning to realize that their model was unsustainable long term and are beginning to correct it by implementing strict salary rules, a team like SKA can't have 1 player take up more than 1/3 of its cap space if it wants to be competitve. 


Going over the cap, according to the article anyway, results in a 20 percent luxury tax.  The owner of SKA apparently treats the team like a toy, and in any event, a 20 percent luxury tax on a $40 -$50 million payroll wouldn't seem to be a huge deterrent. 

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#1267435 2014 Draft Thread

Posted by Daniel on 08 June 2014 - 02:47 PM

Brendan Lemieux rankings: 28 (CSS NA), 26 (Hockey Prospect), 37 (Future Considerations), 53 (Corey Pronman), and 33 (Craig Button).

Spent most of the year as a 17 year old in the strong OHL putting up some nice numbers: 65 GP 27-26-53, 145 PIM in the regular season and 11 GP 7-3-10, 16 PIM in the playoffs. Nice size at 6'1, 210 already.

Hockey Prospect mentions that he's a super pest (surprise, surprise) and excellent around the net. Pro shot, smart player, has improved his skating, wins puck battles, strong on the cycle.

Future Considerations mentions his skating is still improving (mainly first strides need work), praises his shot and puck protection, and has his NHL potential as top 9 physical power winger.

Pronman notes that he has a strong hockey IQ but needs to stay away from taking bad penalties. Has the chance to be a scoring, physical winger if he pans out.

Seems like he may not have a high end ceiling but is a "safer" bet to become a NHL player than some of the more highly touted guys. I'd be happy if the Devils could get him.

I'd be happy with him, but I kind of like the idea of going for broke with a boom or bust kind of player like Anton Karlsson or even Deangelo, but maybe at 41. You obviously would rather have someone who turns into a third or forth liner above someone who never makes it, but it just seems like we enough prospects who fit that kind of role.

Edit: although the idea of having Matteau and Lemieux on a line together is very intriguing.

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#1267290 BEER

Posted by Daniel on 07 June 2014 - 05:07 PM

Decided to splurge at Whole Paycheck and get three four packs of this.  Officially my favorite beer.





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#1267133 Retired

Posted by Daniel on 06 June 2014 - 12:51 PM

Congrats Jimmy!

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