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In Topic: GDT: Columbus @ Devils: Return of Patty

25 November 2015 - 11:46 PM

I don't get the controversy.


There is a process to be able to fix incorrect calls to correct ones. A linesman caught what the refs missed. From the replays I have seen, Campbell clearly shoots the puck.


They got the call right. It sucks for the Devils.

In Topic: GDT: Devils @ ChiTown 8:30

13 November 2015 - 11:00 AM

SIslo has some speed, and has shown at least in the A. Matteau, I just feel terrible for. There's no way he should be in the NHL. Lou and Pete ruined that kid for pushing him before he was ready. What were they thinking?


The absolute wrong move but one that ruined him? A small stretch in the NHL did that much damage? 


I doubt that.

In Topic: A noticeable difference

08 November 2015 - 07:51 AM

I think this is a bit of a stretch. There really may not be a difference at all, except the fact that Devils ownership/management making an effort to let the fans in, and get to know the players and show off their personalities. Obviously not marketing the players and their off-ice personalities was Lou's doing, but that isn't to say the players weren't having a good time behind the scenes. From the tidbits that TG reported, there was always laughs with Brodeur/Clarkson, Jagr and Zubrus, anyone and Zubrus.


BUT...the last few years this was a veteran team, a lot of new faces from free agency not living up to expectations. The team had unreasonable expectations. There was a lot of losing. There was an uncomfortable goalie situation for a season. That isn't a Deboer or Lamoriello thing. It's just your job not going well. 


I can't speak to the Leafs situation. There's a lot of losing so far, but that was expected. The Devils could start losing soon, and the perceived looseness of the Devils may be considered a negative. There is no formula here, and whatever happens can be spun in an direction.

In Topic: General loss of fanship interest

06 November 2015 - 02:15 PM

I agree wholeheartedly on the rivalry point. Playing teams like Arizona and Nashville in October isn't something we need. The game needs rivalries. I'd like it if they brought back the old schedule where you play each team from the other conference at least once (which means that not every team visits every other team's building every season, but who the f cares?), you play each conference team four times (two home, two away), and each division team six times (three home, three away). I want more games against the Rags and Philly and Pittsburgh, etc. It's a joke that we don't play the Rags again until February.


There is no good way of doing this that satisfies everyone. A few years back people were sick of playing their division rivals almost every second week, and then some fans only had the opportunity to see Ovechkin or Crosby once every 4 years, and if there was an injury, it really suck. Most Eastern fans weren't thrilled to see the Oilers, but now it would suck if they had to wait 3 seasons to see McDavid (this is taking into account his injury). People want Edmonton to come to town. Chicago and LA were uneventful road teams, but most fans are lining up to see those teams now.


As for the state of the league, I think the game is hurting a bit, but mostly in Canada. I'm sure the league is getting a little nervous with NHL ratings decline.


And as for the Devils, it's really because this team is not very good, and there is just little do discuss right now. I mean the Devils have Lee Stempniak not only coming here on a PTO, but now playing the 1st line and being one of the leaders in ice-time for forwards. That kind of sums up where the Devils are right now. The things worth discussing are just minor. Can Gelinas ever be a regular in the NHL, do the Devils have something in Kalinin? This isn't to say what we were spending a ton of time arguing last year was anything more serious, but the expectations that we had about the team and players certainly were.

In Topic: Devils Claim Bobby Farnham off Waviers

27 October 2015 - 09:32 AM

Assume this is a stopgap while Ruutu/Elias recovers? I suppose they want Boucher, Blandisi et al to get plenty of ice time in Albany rather than get 8 mins on the 4th line.


Hope that's the case, but you bring in these "lunch pail" players that former AHL coaches have affection for, and they end up hanging around more than you'd like. Time will tell.