I'm legitimately curious about your thoughts on alcohol, mainly because I only get to go to 2-3 home games a year while I'm in Jersey for Christmas. Do people really buy enough $9+ beers to get drunk enough to act that way? It would just surprise me if so many people have the disposable income to get hammered at the arena alone. I feel like that sort of behavior would be the result of people pre-gaming at bars or with their own booze rather than alcohol sold by the Devils, which makes the Devils helpless to do much other than make sure people aren't bringing flasks into the arena. I'd also be curious to see what sort of revenue the team makes from beer sales- I'd assume putting heavier restrictions on alcohol sales would have a negative effect on them financially, which is why I doubt there would be any huge changes.
Personally,I get drunk at the bar, then maintain my buzz, stupidly, with $9 beers. I hate myself for paying that the next day when I check my cash supply...
As for restrictions...that's not feasible. How can you stop a person from just going to different vendors? Will they buy license scanners and scan it each time? That seems like a bit much.
Right now, that's speculation. James Mirtle made that silly assumption on Twitter and got blasted. What if it was just due to all the concussions and hits Montador took? He was only 35. I put up my thoughts on a gritty player gone too soon. RIP
Adding further thought, anxiety and depression are serious issues. As someone who battles it daily, it is my eternal hell. At any moment, I can feel like I'm in a dark tunnel I can't escape. With proper medication, treatment and health, that is the only way to combat it.
Mental illness is truly an internal hell that most people that haven't experienced it, don't understand.
I have terrible anxiety and it's a HUGE impediment to doing the normal, everyday things that most people do with ease and even enjoy doing. To make things worse, you can leave yourself feeling even worse about yourself as you purposely isolate yourself in an attempt to quell the symptoms, which then really just make it worse in the long run and many times leading to depression from the isolation.
Medication can help, but it's not he quick fix people see it to be. For me, taking benzos helps, but they take something away from me, leaving me dulled and operating at a less efficient level, both mentally, emotionally and physically.
These stories really hit home with me because of things like that. I truly empathize with others in the world who suffer from mental illness and hope that the exposure from incidents like this help to better our understanding of them.
That's the first blown lead for the Devils going into the 3rd since PDB was fired.
Luckily we got it right back.
You say the same sh!t in every single GDT about holding or blowing leads. Can you give it a fvcking rest until, ya know, we play enough games to actually evaluate the effect of the coaching change instead of essentially commenting on rolls of the dice?
The team hasn't looked all that great since the coaching change. We beat up on a couple terrible teams where we got all the bounces. Now that we played two teams that have good possession numbers, we've gone 2-1-1 over the last 4. Better yet, we got absolutely obliterated by Boston and while we played a much better game against the Isles, we still lost by blowing a 3rd period lead.
We all get your point. You've done a total 180 on Deboer, which doesn't make any sense, but you've been a flip flopper since the moment you got here. We get it, now stfu about it until you have something insightful to add to the discussion.
Do you think there is much difference between the DeBoer coached team and the 3 head coached team?
SD, as always you're completely ignoring the context in which these players left.
Parise signed a 1 year deal so the team could evaluate him after his serious knee injury that forced him to miss an entire season. Then he left the next year after rejecting a competitive offer from Lou and saying he wanted to test the market. Trading him at the deadline would have surely scuttled any chance of the team going on the deep playoff run they did. The return would have likely been disappointing anyways.
Rafalski left for big money in Detroit. It would have been tough to match that deal and convince him to forego his childhood dream of playing for Detroit.
Gionta left to Montreal for more money than anyone seemed to think was reasonable. So I'm not sure why you're making it out to be a mistake that Lou let him walk.
Gomez left for a mega deal from the Rags. No way you can call losing him in FA a mistake by Lou.
Niedermayer left to play with his brother in Anaheim. It was said that he turned down a max contact from the Devils. What else could have been done there?
Martin also left for more money than anyone here was saying we should have offered him.
Kovy was an incredibly strange situation. Nothing Lou could do there and having him retire looks like it was the right decision long term anyways.
Clarkson left for nearly double the money he should have gotten and that was surely the right decision to let him walk. We were in the playoff picture at the deadline so trading him was a decision most GMs would have made.
You bring up Shero and how he handled some of his pending ufas, but you ignore the fact that he had players who could reasonably replace them. That's something that Lou didn't have and is what allowed Shero to play hardball.
You can't look at things as if they occurred in a vacuum. These decisions have consequences.
Boucher now with 14 points in his last 14 games if I'm counting right. Very promising. Really hope he can become a regular contributor at the NHL level.
Same goes for Black's first season. Almost at .5ppg. Would be great to have a little center depth in the organization. We really need someone who can fill that 3C spot since it seems like Josefson will never develop the offense to be anything more than a very good 4th liner. Really a shame since he's got some speed and is above average defensively. Just has no offense at all.
Also, just a thought: With Gelinas seemingly the odd man out, you can only hope a trade can be swung for good value. There's a Toronto 6th round pick, Connor Brown putting up great numbers in his rookie season in the AHL. A bit undersized at 5'11" and 170lbs, but shoots right, which is something we lack. 8-17-25 over 34GP this season in the AHL. Not sure if Toronto is really looking for an offensive minded defenseman though.
eventhough i can somewhat "agree" to a certain extend where we can say he lost a game himself... we can't close our eyes on what the players are missing too.
You want to be fair well Schneider not being able to contain a shot that trickles behind him should be the same as Elias missing an open net or missing the net completely for example. But its always easier to blame the goalie of course.
The issue is when a forward makes a mistake, be it missing a wide open net or a defensive mistake, it doesn't always have the consequence of leading to a goal and as such is easier to forget.
A goalie makes a mistake or lets in a softie, it's in the net and everyone remembers that because there's only 4-5-6 goals in the average game. There could easily be 20 mistakes made by skaters during the game though. Hard to remember them all or even see them all.
Doesn't look like it, according to McKeen's Hockey, he had just 1 power play goal and 1 power play assist last year. Baddock has a goal and 2 assists (both secondary) in 5 games this year. I think he'll probably get some more PP time and better linemates just based on being one of the older players on the team.
Thanks for the info. You're truly an invaluable asset to the board as I, and I imagine most of us here, don't have the time, knowledge or the will to put in the effort necessary to really follow and report on all our prospects as well as you can and do.
As bad as he looked last year, I'm not ready to throw in the towel on Ryder.
Dude has 5 seasons of scoring 25+ goals.
His 2011 season was very similar in points to last year, and he followed that season with a 35 goal output.
He was pretty snake-bit last year, so I'm willing to give him another chance. Brunner doesn't have the track record of Ryder, and was signed out of necessity last year.
He just doesn't fit the system though. He skates worse than anyone I've ever seen and is just all around crap besides his shot, which is really good. Brunner gave us practically the same amount of ppg as Ryder did, costs $1M less, is younger and faster.
The chances of being killed on the job being in the army reserve is much higher than a teacher. Same goes for police officer, firemen, etc. Yeah I think they deserve a ticket.
I am not trying to make this an arguement over who deserves it more. I have no problems with military personnel, first responders and even teachers getting free tickets. However, if you are giving a profession that is pretty much a desk job like teachers, then what about me who also has a desk job but in the private sector?
Again this is on the Devils to explain this to me, not teachers.
Maybe it's because, overall, teachers are underpaid and cops are paid fairly well in this state. Not to mention police and fire unions are some of the strongest in the nation and certainly this state, as no one has the balls to say their pensions are nuts. I'd love to get a cop's salary and pension where they bump your salary up the last few years to get you extra $$. Hell, I'd take getting a gun pointed at me for it too, maybe even on a regular basis. My town has 26 cops and 0 crime, Hunterdon County's(where I live) featured fugitive last week was some 5'4" chick who skipped her pre-trial intervention bullsh!t on a narcotics charge. These people are getting paid $80-100k to track down people like that???? This state WASTES money on police like nobody's business. I'd do it for half the pay and it'd still be a waste of money. They don't need extra help unless they're the poor guys getting stuck working in Newark, Trenton, Camden, AC or other such places where they get paid like teachers and actually do encounter dangerous situations.
Then the ridiculously inconsistent application of the law based on who you are is too much for me to be able to respect the organization. Not just because they're police, but because it's asinine. Any reason why municipal vehicles in the towns near me don't get ticketed for never having been inspected? Yet I get pulled over every 3 days for not wearing a damn seatbelt or because my tail light goes out occasionally until I kick it and then they get fed bs to intimidate me...know how many times I've heard, "I'm gonna call the K9 unit" just because I said there's no way you are searching my car without a warrant, especially when I'm not even getting pulled over for a moving violation. I can't take police seriously when they don't take their job seriously, the job of protecting citizen's rights and not the us vs them game they all seem to be playing. They also commit just as many violent crimes as the general population, or at least did so in the year 2010, yet they almost never are prosecuted and even fewer convicted. Why are they held on high? I do not get it, at all. Not trying to bash cops, I just think they're nothing to praise anymore than a regular person. There's nice cops and a$$hole cops, as there is in any organization, but the inconsistency is too much to ignore for me.
If cops deserve a ticket, everyone on the planet deserves a free ticket imo.