Completely disagree. Tortorella was the exact opposite of DeBoer in this regard.
Tortorella gave a shot to a young McDonaugh. Kid took the opportunity, and played his heart out for his coach. Similarly, young guys like Stepan, Hagelin, John Moore last year, and even Del Zotto a few years ago, were treated by Tortorella like men, not kids, and honestly looked like some of the Rangers' best players on any given night (aside from MDZ past couple years). He gave them responsibility and held them to the same standard of accountability that he held older guys like Gaborik (at the time) , Dubinsky (at the time), and Richards.
I don't think DeBoer should do what Tortorella did, I mean, we see how that ended. But a middle ground of letting the kids wear the man pants and treated with respect, while not being afraid to sit a veteran, somewhere along that middle point is what DeBoer should be working towards. This seniority bullsh!t isn't working. There's only so far a veteran presence can take a team.
DeBoer is more or less responsible for Adam Henrique, a third round pick that virtually all prospect evaluators felt was a borderline NHLer, being $24 million richer. So it's clear that DeBoer does not have anything against younger players.
Stepan and McDonough earned being "treated like men" through being excellent or arguably elite players. Even the types that are most optimistic about Josefson and Loktionov can't think they'll be close to how good Stepan is. And even though Larsson has the pedigree to be at the level of a McDonough, the fact remains that Larsson has not performed nearly as well as McDonough did the moment he got traded to the Rags, and by all accounts, will never be as good. In fact, Larsson is already looking like he'll turn out to be significantly worse than two defenseman from his draft class, Hamilton and Brodin, if he isn't already. As I've said, at some point, Larsson has to take off the diapers and deserve not to be benched. He's been given plenty of opportunities thus far, with little to show for it. Being a high draft pick only gets you so far.
3) It was more like 15,500 of the 16,500 that were vociferously booing the other night.
It wasn't even close to that. All it takes is a few thousand people to do anything in unison for it to be really noticeable.
To say my peace, I've been going to games longer than 99 percent of the people that did the You Suck chant. I can guarantee all of you, it only became a "tradition" when you decided to make it one. The proof of this is available for all to see on any youtube clip of any home game going back to 2006. The you suck types stubbornly refuse to acknowledge this.
It didn't offend me, I wasn't concerned about the delicate sensibilities of the children, and I didn't complain to management. It was just stupid, immature, and for the most part, out of place.
It's too bad, because RR2 itself was an actual tradition, and a good one at that. The you suck people did not stop me from going to games, but it certainly made the high points of the game less enjoyable.
Hopefully, going forward, the people that are still butt hurt over the song can live with it, the same as the rest of us who put up with the you suck chant did for several years.
Again, it has nothing to do with profanity or obscenity. I think at this point, if you need to ask, you'll never know. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk HD
Oh so it has to do with being down a few goals right? Ok so as said NUMEROUS TIMES chanting "This Is Our House" being down 4-2 provides the same result with an annoyed crowd.
Or does it have to do with the fact that a select few are "embarrassed". Well sorry yelling at hockey games is embarrassing to you.
It's embarrassing the same way that a John Sterling canned homerun call is embarrassing. Both the you suck chanters and Sterling are trying to be clever, when in actuality they're just being infantile and insecure.
It's just as stupid as dumb Ranger fans with the Potvin sucks chant. Basically Ranger fans are willingly reliving a time when the Isles were eating their lunch, just so they can think everyone else in the world thinks they're clever and have "traditions".
That Devils fans mimic it with random Ranger suck Flyers swallow chants is even worse. The Rangers suck so much, that some Devils fans try to copy everything their idiotic fans do.
Don't get me wrong there is always a time and a place for trying to get under the visiting team's skin and mocking them. It has absolutely no effect though when it's done just as a matter of course.
All right, everybody. We got 10 minutes to game time. Let's all gather round. I'm not much for giving inspirational addresses, but I'd just like to point out that every newspaper in the country has picked us to finish last. The local press seems to think we'd save everyone a lot of time and trouble if we just went out and shot ourselves. Me? I'm for wasting sportswriters' time. So, I'd like to hang around and see if we can give 'em all a nice big sh!t burger to eat.
It's the fact that you worded it as if you were mad that he's not living up to a contract he's not playing under. Everyone agrees that Zajac had a sub par year last year, but that year was not played under his new deal, thus making it impossible for him to have not lived up to our expectations for that contract.
It's like saying a movie sucked before you're done seeing the previews.
It's more like saying the sequel is going to suck because part 1 wasn't very good.
Although Vanderbeek is getting $2 million from the incoming owners to “walk away,” the team lost around $90 million during the nine years he was the controlling owner. Debt, lack of an NBA team in the arena, and only one trip past the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs combined to push Vanderbeek too far into the red to get out.
Considering how consistently wrong Forbes has been when it comes to the Devils, I don't think you can trust them for much else.
I know Bell is old for the CHL but I was surprised at his stats. 93 points in 69 games is pretty impressive. Then again it seems like a lot of older guys (Bell, Colin Smith) do well but are taken late in the draft. I hope we sign him to an ELC...he already has played 5 years in the WHL.
Atleast most of the few forward prospects specialize in scoring (Bell, Boucher, Gavrus).
I've also been hoping Lou would flip a D prospect for an equal prospect but at forward with a team skimpy in the D pipeline but beefed up up front. Something I would really want Lou to pursue. Merril, Urbom, and Gelinas are knocking on the door and Severson and Santini are not to far behind. I'm worried that most of these guys aren't even going to be given a chance unless the main squad bombs out early and it makes sense to play more than 1 of them. With the good reports about Santini and Severson I wouldn't mind moving Urbom if he doesn't beat out Gelinas/Merril out of camp.
Urbom probably has the least value of any of the Devils' prospects that are at least plauisble future NHLers. So I wouldn't expect to get too much in return. Maybe some kind of deadline acquisition for a pretty good NHLer like when the Devils acquired Salvador for virtually nothing.