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Sheldon Souray in the Players' Tribune

10 July 2015 - 01:52 PM



Some funny Devils' relevant lines:



Lou Lamoriello: Thank you for pulling me into your office when I was an out-of-shape 20-year-old kid at his second New Jersey Devils training camp and saying, “If you ever embarrass this organization again by coming in overweight, you will never pull on a Devils sweater.” That was just the ass-kicking that I needed, and the tone you set for the Devils organization is why it is one of the most respected in hockey.


Scott Stevens: Thank you for being the most professional player I’ve ever witnessed. I still can’t believe you jumped in and fought Eric Lindros for me in a freaking preseason game my rookie year. I just wanted to prove to you that I had your back.  When I was traded to Montreal in 2000, it was a complete shock. I will never forget that you came to my hotel room and sat and bullsh!tted with me for hours until I had to leave for my flight out. You are the definition of what a captain should be.



Jacques Lemaire: Thanks for being the best coach I ever played for, and for developing a system that was so simple and brutally effective. 29 teams fvcking hated the trap. But we won a lot of hockey games with it, and we didn’t have to go over it 100 times a day on the whiteboard. It was always black and white with you, which is the way it should be.


Ken Daneyko: What kind of guy gets called into the GM’s office and is told he’s being sent to down to the minors and replies, “No … No, I’m not.” Then goes out for practice and convinces the brass to send somebody else down instead. You’re a legend, King.


Alternate History -- Lou doesn't trade for Schneider

06 July 2015 - 11:57 AM

I don't think anyone has posed the question before, but would the team have been better off in the longer term had Lou not made the deal?  This is a reasonable alternative history, while minimizing the butterfly effect. 


June 2013, Devils keep the pick and draft either Bo Horvat or Max Domi.  From what I've heard generally, the pick would not have been Nischushkin, and Domi's name has come up the most in who the Devils would have selected. 


The Devils are terrible in 2013-2014 with Marty and Hedberg as the goalie duo, but it makes no difference draft-wise. 


2014-15, Devils sign an average to decent starting goalie of the Halak type, and do a whole lot worse in the standings than they did.  For purposes of the exercise, I won't say the Devils are bad enough/lucky enough to land Eichel or McDavid, which I think makes the answer a no-brainer yes, but instead end up in a slot where either Marner or Hanifin is available.  So you either end up with Marner or, for fun, I'll say Hanifin gets traded to Columbus for Rychel and eighth overall, who turns into one of Rantanen, Crouse or Barzal.  I'll buy into the media reports that Zacha was the player the Flyers wanted, and would not be available at eight. 


Note, I don't want to complicate things too much by saying that as early as 2013-2014 Lou sees the writing on the wall and trades players like Elias and Jagr, and we manage an extra low first round pick either this year or the year before. 


A tough call, but I'll still lean towards pulling the trigger on the deal. 

NHL To Allow Fans To Purchase Out of Market Games A La Carte

12 June 2015 - 03:23 PM

A while ago, there was a thread that discussed a lawsuit that challenged the legality of the restrictions in the NHL Center Ice package that prevented viewers in from watching in-market games on Center Ice.  So, if you live in the NY Metro area and had Center Ice, you couldn't watch Devils/Rangers/Islanders games on Center Ice, but would have to watch on MSG through a local cable provider.  I recall the suit also challenged how the NHL would not allow networks that have a national presence from broadcasting games outside of a local market.  So, if MSG Network was available in Florida, Devils/Rangers/Islanders games are still blacked out there.


Well, apparently a settlement has been reached where, sometime within the next five years, you will be able to buy the games for the specific out of market teams you want to watch at a lower price.





They said this forced them to buy costly bundled game packages, rather they purchase games "a la carte" at lower prices, if they wanted to want their preferred teams.

According to papers filed Thursday in Manhattan federal court, the NHL agreed over the next five years to let fans buy single-team packages for at least 20 percent below the cost of bundled packages. Early subscribers would also get discounts.



Center Ice's restrictions appear to be the norm for MLB and the NBA.  So I wonder if those will be the next dominoes to fall.