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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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#1265213 Halak signs 4-year deal with Isles

Posted by Daniel on 22 May 2014 - 02:47 PM

Seems like a pretty fair signing.


They'd better have a decent season next year...Buffalo has the Isles' 2015 first-round pick now.   


That could end up being the Sabres version of Kurvers to Toronto.  I mean imagine Buffalo ending up with two of McDavid, Eichel or Hanifan.  You figure they're going to draft someone who should turn out to be very good this year, that's basically a team could easily win at least four Cups within a decade. 


The Islanders are the gift that keeps on giving.  It's really a shame we're in the same division and haven't been in a position to take advantage of the Milbury/Snow level of stupidity. 

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#1265019 Confronting the Nightmare - UPDATE: NIGHTMARE OVER, KINGS WIN!

Posted by Daniel on 20 May 2014 - 04:36 PM

I've really been trying to put the thought of the Rangers winning it in the back of my mind but it's hard to keep out. What makes it horrible for me is my brother is a die hard Rangers fan so I know if they win it, I will never hear the end of it (I still hear about 94 but at least I can make fun of that being 20 years ago).


Even my extended family that never watches hockey is on the Rangers bandwagon now. At a wedding a few weeks ago one of them asked me (seriously) if I would be pulling for the Rangers with the Devils out since "they are the local team." I don't know what I'm going to do if the Kings or Blackhawks choke against them.


For whatever reason, this reminds me of an interview with Dennis Leary back in '94, I believe on Nightline.  At that time, he was just getting big, and he was doing commercials for the NHL on espn.  Basically, he's asked that isn't he thrilled that the Rangers won the Cup, to which he responds that he's a Bruins fan and hopes it takes another 50 years for Rags to win another.


Basically, you have the everyday media also believing that the Rangers are the end all be all and assuming that everyone is rooting for the Rangers, a one percent kind of organization if there ever was one.  We will never hear the end of this. 


My only hope is that Bill DeBlasio whips out some of his class warfare rhetoric and says that the city should not be paying for a parade that will be attended by rich hockey fans.  Bill if you're reading this, I will give a nice donation to your campaign and stop complaining about my taxes if you do this.

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#1262953 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs thread

Posted by Daniel on 30 April 2014 - 08:37 PM

stick around for the confetti, balloons, and banner raising

Don't forget that Benoit Puliot's number will be retired as well.

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#1262103 Earnest Congratulations To The Devils

Posted by Daniel on 23 April 2014 - 07:54 AM

Y'know I didn't mean those things. Please come back. Come back from Russia and I won't ever make you play defense again. I swear baby I am a changed man. And you know that time you said you wanted us to try stuff out with your friend Ryan. We can. Bring him over. I know how close you two are. I swear i won't get all jealous. Give me another chance. I know i you said you have seen my with that Ryder chick and your friend saw me with Brunner but they are nothing compared to you.

Look, I know there was that one night stand with that chick in the bar Butler, but that was just a rebound thing. And yes, while we were together I would inexplicably call up that girl from my sophomore year Pikarainen. But things are different now.

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#1261045 2014 Draft Thread

Posted by Daniel on 14 April 2014 - 10:46 AM

A lot of fans, including myself, said they wouldn't be too upset giving up a pick that's not in the top 10. So, NJ finished 20th, which would've given us 11 overall. Before the above declaration, we didn't have the 30th pick, so I guess downgrading 20 picks isn't the end of the world (though you're more likely to get an impact player at 11).

So here are NJ's picks:

1st round- 30
2nd round- 41
3rd round- 71
4th round- NO PICK (WPG for Ponikarovsky)
5th round- 131
6th round- 161
7th round- NO PICK (Arizona for Sullivan)

Best way to think about it is that we took the 29th in 2012 and 30th in 2014 for the 10th in 2014.

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#1256192 So I'm Interviewing James Dolan

Posted by Daniel on 27 March 2014 - 12:25 PM




So after negotcating with Dolan's PR this is the response I get from his publicist:


"Hey Mike — Sorry for the delay on this, it’s been an insane week. We aren’t going to be able to do this around anything other than the band itself, not really anything outside of that (meaning the 12-12-12 concert would be off limits actually) 

I appreciate you calling the office to get in touch but I can already tell you I have back to back meetings tomorrow afternoon so let’s pick a specific time to chat if you would prefer chatting on the phone about this."
Womp, womp, womp.
What a bust. You know how many questions I can come up for his band? Maybe three at the most. JD and the Straight Shot isn't supposed to be the "focial point" of an interview. What a waste. You have someone as in-depth of a potential interviewee as Dolan and you are that restricted? Ugh. So disapointing.



I can think of some questions... "So how did drafting Hugh Jessiman impact the cohesion of the band?"  "Will the band perform a special song when St. Louis finally scores a goal?"  "I heard a rumor that you're writing a song called "Henrique, It's Over".

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