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In Topic: Corporate Logos coming to NHL Jerseys

20 November 2014 - 11:28 AM

The next step is going to be what the European Football (soccer) does, changing the jersey design on a yearly basis to force the hardcore fan to buy a jersey every every year

Yea, I'll pass. Maybe I'm just not "hardcore" enough, but with the pricing of these jerseys and sweater and other sports paraphernalia it is just ridiculous.

Man, I'm a real grinch today.

In Topic: Corporate Logos coming to NHL Jerseys

20 November 2014 - 11:11 AM

Why not?? I mean, you hardly notice it in Europe!!


(And yes, I realize that pic seems to have some photoshop)

What I don't see anything there besides the team logo..... Except for the BLINDING ARRAY of corporatism....

Good lord I hope it is PSed. Otherwise that is the most hideous display of money grubbing, corporate whoring I have ever seen (in the past 24 hours).

BTW, in all seriousness, this sh!t needs to end. I used to love baseball in addition to football and hockey. Then they went on strike and ARod signed that 1/4 billion $ contract. That was it for me. No person playing a damn game is worth that. What's more, this is no longer about players getting a fair share of revenues. The players and owners are essentially competing and/or colluding to rip off the very people that support them: the fans. What's more, for decades these leagues have essentially been on public support by holding municipalities hostage to financing bigger, newer stadiums and then soaking up the revenues while avoiding the costs. It is like a miniature version of the Olympics in every American city. We've all been sold a lie saying that these sporting venues helps o revitalize our cities when, in fact, their costs far outweigh their benefits.

Anyway, I walked away from baseball 20 years ago and never looked back. I'm willing to do the same to football if they don't pull their sh!t together and, sadly, I would do the same to the NHL. I love these games, but I won't support them bankrupting cities, pricing the common person out of the stadium or to pay ever rising ticket prices, and then, to top it off, we need to look at the already overpaid players shilling for the corporate sponsors of the luxury boxes that used to be set aside for seating for "normal" people. There is just no need to this....

Sorry for the rant.

In Topic: NHL Teams as chain restaurants

17 November 2014 - 01:42 PM

Y'know, in prior years I'd have argued against the boring thing because I feel like we were only ever boring in the past if you were rooting for the other team. Nowadays I actually have to agree that this is a boring team to watch even if you're rooting for it.

I have to admit you're right. I don't watch as much as I used to--busy raising the next gen of Devs fans--but this current team feels like it lacks an identity. The teams of the '90s and early '00s each had an identifiable core, an identity, and an excitement of their own. Those were markedly different teams but passionate, talented, etc. This team just feels..... I dunno, blah. I've attributed that to my relative distance from tracking the team, but maybe there's more to it. CR76, how about you or the other Devs vets?

In Topic: Bryce Salvador is so bad

14 November 2014 - 04:12 AM

That's a little much. His performance took an absolute nose dive but calling him a cancer is a little much. No one on the team has ever even hinted at his leadership being an issue, and his cap, while high, hasn't cost the Devils trade or FA deals. He deserves blame for his play and all that but blaming him for trades and free agent moves is on the LD-on-Marty level.
Whether people want to admit it or not, buying out Volchenkov was the better move. That cleared up nearly 4.5 million. Add Sal's salary, and that's 8 million off the cap at the end of the year.

I'd agree that "cancer" is too strong, but I do think the team captain should provide a high level of play on the ice. I can't help but feel this hurts. Put yourself in this situation: your boss, team capt, sergeant, etc. performs poorly night after night. He makes mistakes, costs you on the work you've done, and just basically is a drag on the team. Wouldn't that drag morale down? More importantly, wouldn't that erode the trust you have in the people around you, especially this team leader? Maybe I'm just a glass half empty sorta guy nowadays.

As for Volch, I'm not sure if buying him out was the right move, but I'm certainly willing to grant that as a possibility. Still, why not try to save Fayne then? If we didn't have the cap space to save our quality players and compete then why not play the younger players for the season? Let them get experience. After all, if the team doesn't have the resources to really compete at the moment then plan for the future. Playing the young'uns seems a nice place to start. Granted, we do to some extent, but then again Lars sits getting splinters in his ass while Sal gets skated around? I dunno, I just feel like either I'm missing something or the decisions being made aren't good.

In Topic: Bryce Salvador is so bad

14 November 2014 - 03:57 AM

Can't say that this isn't fair (and it's easy to forget that Merrill not being in the lineup isn't exactly helping matters), but man it's still very tough to watch.  It'd be nice if the Devils had someone at Albany who could do the things they're asking of Sal, but they don't (or at least it doesn't seem like it).  It just sucks that a guy who clearly is a major problem keeps getting sent out there with seemingly no retribution, but it is what it is.  I've got to think Lou and Pete are seeing all of the same things we are.

If they are then why allow our surplus or defensive talent to be whittled away? I know I'm hard on LL, but this is a genuine question. Sal has been showing decline for awhile now, right? This year it has just become extreme. Yet, as someone else mentioned, we could have kept Volch or resigned Fayne, or both.

This is the sort of stuff that makes me feel that Lou just doesn't see any longer or, perhaps worse, sees what are statistical outliers and chooses to cling to these things in what seems like desperation. In this case, it feels like ever since Sal had his miracle offensive burst in 2012 his stock went thru the roof in LL's eyes. But this was clearly an aberration in Sal's career. Granted, it was sorely welcome in 2012 but it was flukey and unlikely to be repeated to any great extent, if at all. Lou, OTOH, seemed to view the 2012 playoffs as the 'new' Sal.

As an aside, it seems like Gionta got the same boost from those playoffs. Something just doesn't feel right in the way decisions are being made with the Devs any longer.