On topic: went to the Devils-Pens game with my wife and 7-year-old daughter. Winning obviously helps, but I had almost forgotten how much fun it can be to just get out and see a Devils game live. Being there helped me get a little zest back. I'm still thinking this team probably doesn't finish much above NHL .500, so I'm not delusional about what's been a pretty fun start...but with baseball firmly in Hot Stove mode, I'm getting my enthusiasm back for hockey. And hearing my daughter yell "Let's go Devils!" is something I'd like to hear a lot more of.
Off: regarding Greene, he's a bit like Daneyko in that he's not getting his number retired because of awesome stats. Right now he definitely doesn't scream "retirement candidate" to me, but his career still has a ways to go. If he plays 95% of his career as a Devil (think 1000 GP in a Devil uni), remains the Captain for the next several seasons (and keeps playing in every game), and he proves to be the most stable part of a D-corp that goes on to win a Cup in the next 4-5 years...if all of that happens, then I could see #6 joining #4, 3, 27, 30, and 26. But that's a lot of ifs.
Keep in mind the key difference between Daneyko and Greene: On the one hand you have Daneyko, who was one of the first pieces of the puzzle that eventually became what was damn near a dynasty and one of the most successful franchises in the NHL in the '90s and '00s. He helped to raise the Devils from the obscurity of the being perennial losers and stop the franchise from the wandering from place to place looking for fans desperate enough to tolerate the on ice product. Being part of that transformation is quite literally a revolution for this franchise and Daneyko, more than any single player, most signifies the early struggles the franchise went through and the ultimate success the Devils have had.
Then you have Greene. He is a very good defenseman. He doesn't miss a lot of games (like Daneyko), he is reliable (like Daneyko), and is a great team player (again like Daneyko). So while I'm not looking to slight Greene, what I see in him is the potential to be the 21st century version of Daneyko but without any of the significance that Daneyko had for the franchise. This isn't Greene's fault it is just the luck of history.