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#1327323 Salvador Retires - The Players's Tribune

Posted by sundstrom on 02 September 2015 - 11:49 AM

the booing was unacceptable - of course. of course. and yes, i was thinking to go into Louis CK "but maybe."


here's the thing - you read the article and the pre-Cup run stuff you can say, "now I get it." but the issues come AFTER the cup run when it comes to Sal and how fans viewed him. now knowing just how hurt he was, the 3 year contract was a terrible idea from Lou. I mean, we all hated it the minute is was signed and it created a log jam of defensemen that conceivably affected Larsson's growth as well as other players not getting a shot and moved out.


last year, for the month that he played, the PK was historically bad and he was a main reason why. the year before, he was essentially done also.


this takes nothing away from the great person he is, "warrior", captain, leader. he was excellent in the SCF run.


TG brought up on twitter that lots of people put too much of the blame for the devils on sal. The truth is that since that SCF run, there's LOTS of blame to go around for the Devils play/record but in the end, one man shoulders more blame than any. And now he's in Toronto.

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#1314024 GDT: 2015 NHL Draft Lottery- 8PM, NBC

Posted by sundstrom on 18 April 2015 - 07:58 PM

Just depressing on so many levels.

Question is - would you trade 6 for Taylor hall or RNH? I would not.
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#1290341 GDT: Frozen @ Devils

Posted by sundstrom on 21 November 2014 - 11:27 AM

i'll be there with my 3 kids. pray for me.

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#1283243 Club Seats

Posted by sundstrom on 19 October 2014 - 08:12 PM

I'm not happy about it, but I understand. They valued the amount of food on the tickets as $40 per ticket per game. So they gave the option at the end of last season for this year:


1) Pay the same amount and get $40/ticket, loaded on your ticket, that can be used for anything in the arena (any food anywhere or merchandise).

2) Take $40/ticket off the price of your ticket.


I took option 2.


Now here's a bit of the rub. They did NOT say they would be changing the food in the ice lounge, and jacking prices up to go with it. I assumed that it was going to be the same burger, hotdog, chicken fingers/fries and pizza, along with sushi and maybe some other "special". That's what it was during the pre-season. Average food product was $7.00 or so. Instead, they eliminated all of that (so really - no kid friendly food in the ice lounge) and replaced it with a more gourmet selection where the average food item is $14.00.


The motivation for the team was two fold.


1) They needed to make the lounge seats less expensive face value tickets. In years past, they had all you can eat food caked in and needed to charge $240/ticket. You just will not get that for Ottawa in the middle of January on a Wednesday night. That's why, short of the corporate (or wealthy) season ticket holders, you saw the lounge seats about 1/2 full. So by removing the food option from the face, they can now sell at $160 face ticket for a weak game and that's a bit more palatable.


2) They had so much waste with the food in the lounge that they were giving away money. By improving the food (it's better but lets not go crazy - it's not Dinosaur BBQ, let alone BLT Prime), they were able to charge significantly more and bring in extra revenue.


We have very savvy businessmen as owners of this team now - they improved a 7 year old arena with millions of dollars of investment. There are certainly kinks they have to work out. Lines got long all over and the concessions weren't quite ready. But they'll get there. The food in the arena has already gotten very good reviews. The game experience is better with the 3D intro and around the building.

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#1266976 congrats to the 2013-14 Champs, the Kings

Posted by sundstrom on 05 June 2014 - 11:30 AM

and yes


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#1250180 The Official 2014 Trade Deadline Thread

Posted by sundstrom on 05 March 2014 - 03:54 PM

from Chere twitter: when it was suggested the devils didn't get a goal scorer, lou pointed out ruutu scored 26 goals in 2008-09 and said, "he's a scorer". 


for fvck's sake lou. do you still watch games on a black and white TV?!


i'm very tempted to post lou's cell phone number to you all which i assure you 100% i have.

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#1248469 My thoughts On Trading Marty

Posted by sundstrom on 02 March 2014 - 02:12 AM

the guy has a fvcking 100 foot painting of himself on the concourse. i'm pretty sure he'll be remembered as nothing but a devil regardless of where he might finish this season and if he plays somewhere else next year

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#1248078 GDT: Columbus @ Our New Jersey Devils 7pm ET - Midnight GMT

Posted by sundstrom on 28 February 2014 - 01:17 PM

If Marty blows it on Saturday, he isn't going anywhere but riding the bench. 


I see this game as a convenient game in the schedule to give Brodeur a chance to shine for some other teams. 


my hope is that marty lucks into a 3-0 shutout win where he makes some scorpion save that makes the highlights even though he's way out of position and minny decides to trade backstrom for him thinking that marty/harding is fine for this year and they can go harding/keumper next year

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#1247738 2013-2014 Lineup/Roster Thread

Posted by sundstrom on 27 February 2014 - 11:49 AM

Just bumping this thread as a reminder since a lot of lineup talk is happening in the oot one. Volchenkov and Harrold sitting tonight per TG.
Merrill and gelinas in to try and help create offense.


glad that sal gets to stay - he created offense in the playoffs 2 years ago for 6 games.

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#1244302 The Devils and PDO

Posted by sundstrom on 05 February 2014 - 10:33 PM

my issue with PDO also is that the worst teams are often also the worst teams in the league. you can't just say - they're low so they're unlucky.


buffalo, calgary, islanders, florida - these are bad teams, not unlucky teams.


unfortunately, the devils (last year and this year) may just be turning out to be bad teams.


sure their defense looks exceptional by many shot based stats. but as it's becoming more and more clear, pdb's system calls for low event hockey and that lends itself to low shots on goal in the first place.

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#1233200 Sat, Dec 14 Tampa Bay at New Jersey7:00 MSG+ (Snow Edition))

Posted by sundstrom on 18 December 2013 - 04:10 PM


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#1233106 Sat, Dec 14 Tampa Bay at New Jersey7:00 MSG+ (Snow Edition))

Posted by sundstrom on 17 December 2013 - 10:10 PM

i would like this:

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#1208907 Summer 2013 UFA/RFA Thread

Posted by sundstrom on 02 September 2013 - 08:58 PM

Schneider will get more than Crawford




for that to happen, he will at least have to mirror his career numbers as a starter for the next two years and probably win at least two playoff rounds.


crawford has been a full starter for 3 years. schneider, i suppose was this past year - sort of. oh, crawford also won a cup and was pretty awesome in doing so.


i hope he's in line for that kind of contract, but can't say for sure now.

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#1205543 Jagr Signs 1 Year Deal With Devils

Posted by sundstrom on 27 July 2013 - 01:26 AM

Wow. Derek21 makes an appearance.
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#1205253 Lou: Change of Ownership Imminent

Posted by sundstrom on 25 July 2013 - 08:29 AM

Do you have a source/figure for this claim?

Not doubting you, just curious. Had no idea he was taking a large salary.

No written sources but certainly from people in the know. Let's put it this way, it's not some girl who saw ferris pass out at 31 flavors last night. Former lehman guys. Connections to the team, etc.
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