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#1219218 For those of you who thought Marty would object...

Posted by Pepperkorn on 23 October 2013 - 10:02 PM

Well, I didnt expect him to be an ass, not in the public eye anyhow.  He's always very balanced.  He dips a toe in to see what sort of reaction he gets. When it's positive he pushes further as with Queen Henry's pads :giggle: . He wants to be loved and respected and he's a reader and manipulator of people - its the nature of the position.


He tried a little outrage -pretty quickly he saw it was flying with no one. Fans are not being gracious about his fall, because they fear his ego will misread their melancholy/nostalgia for actual support.   If he's going to bounce back he'll need fan support.  Tantrums, self-righteous whining, this is no way to curry favor and get his way.  I'm not saying he's being dishonest or manipulative - he just sees things clearly - he has to be truthful if he hopes to be treated fairly (which means given the unearned benefit of the doubt when push comes to shove - shee-it he sees Gionta keep playing, day in day out :uni: ).


I also don't think it's eating him up inside.  He's OLD.  That's the only thing that will bug him at the end of the day and he's not that kind of person.  He'll find stuff to like about being old.  He'll be agitated and frustrated but nothing will eat away at his soul.  Man, how pathetic do you think he is? So dramatic :P

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#1216935 Goal song

Posted by Pepperkorn on 15 October 2013 - 09:34 PM

I want 'fvck You' by Cee Lo to be the new goal song. I think it takes 'you suck' and elevates it a level or two.

The anti-goal song - that could work.  If the Rangers keep up the pace they're on I can see them resorting to that.  Every time the other team scores they play F*ck You.

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#1215850 GDT 5 The New Jersey Devils face Bob Hartley's Flames

Posted by Pepperkorn on 12 October 2013 - 08:27 AM

I don't knwo what to say -- no it's not that big a deal but I think there might be a team mindset - a very stubborn one.


How is Sal's refusing to cover the open guy, but stick to his own despite the fact Zids was already doing the wrong thing any different from our coaching staffs entire style?  It's the same.  It's EXACTLY what DeBoer is doing.  It's sticking brainlessly to a CLEARLY losing plan and refusing to change things up mid-stream for the sake of a win.  personally I dont find that admirable discipline.  I find it bullsh!t and illogical and self-destructive.  Discipline is POINTLESS if it's self-destructive.  You;re learning to self destruct not how t be disciplined 


I love exposing problems but this team isn't fixing them once they've been exposed - that is the concern.  They have a history of not learning from past mistakes which I find concerning personally.


I think there is something going on  keeping the energy down.  A sort of forced dicipline that isn't coming naturally and I dont see that it will -- and it's dragging the team down.  Slow and tired is a mental issue.  These guys are professional athletes and they are conditioned well --   slow and tired doesn't figure in.  Yes they're on a west coast road trip.  Yes normally it's far to early to be concerned.  but these are the same problems from last year following them into this year is the thing.  Pre-season was high energy with all the young blood.  This team is sapping the life out of everyone and ... there needs to be something done.  Nothing big, nothing heavy handed -- but something a little more obvious and something different than past failed solutions. 


This formula is not winning as is -- it needs tweaks, obvious tweaks nit little adjustments while staying the (do you understand it is a losing?) course.


Basically I think what I'm saying is IF the coaching formula was a success you'd SEE buy-in.  It woudl be something visual, not audio.  Nothing is being fixed - just spoken of.  No the team isn't clueless, no they aren't on the wrong page or different pages.


Also Henrique and Zajac ARE finding their groove.  they are really our most important parts - and aside from Andy greene their is no equivalently relevant part on our D.  Fayne shoudl be but -- you know if you just dont like him get rid of him.  how long before you get that this technique isn't working?  WHY did you hold on to him -- just because Talinder left?  I mean -- I'm just curious.


I dont think it's Stevens in the sense that he's making the wrong calls.  i think it's Stevens in the sense he's not taking the lead.  Gretzky never had to be coached - that is why he was a sh!tty one -- he spoke his own language only.  Stevens was coached and learned - he speaks the language of several coaches and quite clearly knew how to listen and change even when he wasn't sure.  He was OK with trusting someone else's sight.  SOOOO  maybe his weakness is not trusting his own in a new situation.  He's not speaking up during games we all see that.  He's not accepting his role in SUPPORT of his core.  He's not offering managerial support to his charges.  That would be my guess.  Lou needs to have lunch with him and ask for what he woudl do -- and the answer you want to hear is something different.  You want Stevens to actually hear the question not try to solve the problems through the I work under Pete's lens.  You have various coaches for the differences they bring.  If Stevens is the guy being too heavy handed then DeBoer isn't doing HIS job.  What I'm sayign here is they can't be on the same page as it stands - they need to help eachother out of this blind spot. Being so nice together is not exposing the problems it's covering then up.


it sounds counter to my hating the fact that this team is just an huge exposed mess and they wont fix it because the guys aren't getting it - so just leave the big gaping wound until it's healed by magic?  Well that's no solution either.


ehhh fvck it... I have my own life to get on with.


Yeah -- this is that bad.  Nothing so far proves to me that any steps have been made to fix anythign -- waiting ten games with these problems is stupid.  They're old problems everyone knew about.  Basically the inaction tells us fans they are unfixable and that's why everyone is freaking out.


and fvck it all I cant waste my time thinking it through further

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#1215536 The Pete Deboer Thread

Posted by Pepperkorn on 11 October 2013 - 09:22 AM

Hasan is so nice, he needs to throw in a few profanities.



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#1215234 GDT: Game 4 Devils @ Canucks 10pm MSG+

Posted by Pepperkorn on 09 October 2013 - 01:32 PM

Calling up players does not equal a better team most likely.  We all understand that.


As fans I think we feel we have a losing formula at play.  It's not the losing, it's the apparent inaction that gets everyone in an uproar.


It has been proven that these passable vets are not able to finish, and it feels like alternatives are not being considered.


It's exciting to watch prospective players because there is so much to see and understand and fix. There is potential and that's motivational, energizing.  These go-to vets who you know can't  CAN'T bring anything new or fresh to the table -- watching that is like praying that something will change.  It's very passive.  One also gets the feeling they're dragging down hope -- the hope that the few new pieces will motivate them.  Well, obviously the new guys trust these old static vets because they tend to adopt the stolid mind-set.  Particularly when someone like Fayne - you feel like he's penalized for his freshness.  He's far from passionate but it feels like he is compared to the rest.    You also ask yourself how it is that Schneider could do his job so well in front of these AHL defence core that was our pre-season D.  Stevens was animated behind the bench in pre-season. True they aren't showing him now but  -- the passion is just not with this team.  Bad desperation a la Gio is what I see.  Is someone mistaking that crisis mode for passionate play?  The result is for sh!t -- could be worse -- so the team is playing for loser points? 


It's just not engaging.  They players aren't.  And how can a team win without any kind of engagement?

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#1214154 The Devils' Fans should...

Posted by Pepperkorn on 07 October 2013 - 08:11 AM

I for one need to STFU about poor old Sal.  He clearly sees and understands the big picture.  If it appears to my untrained eye he's unable to uphold his end of the bargain on ice, I clearly don't know what I'm seeing.  He's much more savy than I give him credit for - I finally had to listen to old video and post-game shows and thing.  Even if I missed the specifics in the old games he referred to, he made decent sense.  Maybe he's just innocuous when he does well.

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#1211702 So. I Had This Idea.

Posted by Pepperkorn on 25 September 2013 - 08:16 AM

Uh oh....  here's another thing.


Slenderman... well... that implies there is another man.


There is another NOT so slender man...


see where this is headed here?


I think we've all had enough of the fatso thing, without unintentional oblique references ourselves.

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#1211699 So. I Had This Idea.

Posted by Pepperkorn on 25 September 2013 - 08:03 AM

I like Legion's signature best personally.  :giggle:


But I am rather fond of singing:

Schneiderman, Schneiderman,

does what ever old Marty can.


Wears new pads, any size,

captures pucks, just like flies.

Look out -- here is the Schneiderman


Plus you know the net is like a web and stuff...


(sammy - I just corrected the spelling of fond -- I wrote find by accident - so that's the edit fyi  and we're pretending that whole where's thing never even happened)

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#1210172 Henrik Tallinder Lashes Out at DeBoer

Posted by Pepperkorn on 15 September 2013 - 07:31 AM

Hey I was Sean Brown's keeper - I have pretty decent recall about this.  When Larry came in full time Sean sank like a stone  :even: and It really was almost a gag he was played that way.  he was amazing for a very brief time there.  He just really responded so well...  OK but that is BEYOND the old news I complain about these days  :giggle:


I absolutely think Stevens has a hand in the defence.  One problem is he has no idea as to his own intellect and vision.  It sounds like he himself thinks it was his "toughness" that made him who he was on ice.  Well -- he's wrong if that's what he thinks -- as wrong as everyone else.  You knwo it's nice to have a gimmick to point to especially when what you have is, for you, unteachable.   He's got to learn to see what lemaire sees and teach it BETTER than Robinson can.  Don't like -- undoable - well then I guess you ought to go hunt full tiem then huh?  They need more guidance in wise toughness.  and they need to listen. 


Now I have to make snicker doodles for meeting... grr totally over slept today and it's the first day of First Day school... gggrrr!  And I'm probably totally wrong -- but I like mouthign off all the same  :evil:

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#1209724 Two interesting anecdotes re: NJ in Canadian papers

Posted by Pepperkorn on 11 September 2013 - 08:20 AM

Of course my new pet is John Merrill.  He's GOT to bulk up though.  His frame is slightly troublesome to me.  A quick amateur kinesiologist take is he's got a slightly non-flexible build with bones are on a medium/smallish size - which has me concerned.  So build the sh!t out of that body to support what has all the signs of being a ever so slightly delicate frame.


(I'm not telling physical indicators because I like to keep that stuff secret with Ranger fans reading this board :P  Assume I'm talking about of my ass please :evil: )

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#1204536 RUMOR Jagr interested in Devils

Posted by Pepperkorn on 21 July 2013 - 03:43 PM

Cory is my puppy.  No really - he IS! 



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#1202571 Kovalchuk Retired Effective Immediately?

Posted by Pepperkorn on 12 July 2013 - 07:48 AM

If there is a mass exodus then fine.  Soccer players are real dorks and it makes the game less fun having that greed on a global level, I personally feel.  If the NHL turns into a game of a bunch of sentimental Clarkson types, with a deep commitment to community, so much the better.  If the NHL tries to pull out the wallet like some monied jackass - well then the sport is ruined. I need there to be an element of deep and abiding emotional investment from my sporting events. I can't be the only one out there who loves hockey - the players and organization needs to as well - it's just a deeper level of commitment to the sporting community -- not to money or winning alone.  If we can't have players like Elias, Danyko, Brodeur and Stevens then I'll just stick with College sports.

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#1202312 Calling all "advanced" stat believers

Posted by Pepperkorn on 11 July 2013 - 07:22 PM

Are you two dating?  You should be.

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#1199621 Devils trade #9 pick in 2013 Draft to Vancouver for Cory Schneider

Posted by Pepperkorn on 04 July 2013 - 09:36 AM

It's wonderful of Marty to say that. It makes a lot if things clear. What a guy. It's almost as if he wants to stick around to teach & learn more coaching yet still be able to hop on ice in game situations. Haha. How many times did we wish Stevens could just hop on for a change or two to teach these drips something.

That's the way I'm choosing to read it anyhow :evil:
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#1199387 Peter Harrold re-signed

Posted by Pepperkorn on 03 July 2013 - 09:59 AM

Drawing mustache on people face... always a good idea.

Indeed!  That reminds... I have to go back to my Hercule Poirot obsession -- so much easier than hockey and wastes far less time.




Ronald S. Poirot.... hmm.... "zee leetle gray ice particles"

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