I don't mind the diablos, but as others have said and I have complained of many times, that stupid vuvuzela needs to go or get shoved down the throat of the idiot that blows it every 2.5 seconds at these games. It is probably the second most annoying sound in the world...
Also basically what they did with Merrill and that's why there's 2 years left on his ELC, during which he will probably be one of the league's ultimate bargains.
The Devils have never 'pulled a Kreider' with anyone, to my knowledge. It's a rather foolhardy move - the Rangers got very lucky that Chris Calder was terrible in 2012-13 and is therefore not really eligible for jack or sh!t this year salary-wise.
Closest thing to it that I can remember is when Sean Burke join the team at the end if te 87-88 season and helped launch them into the playoffs.
Seriously? They gave up two solid players to get Neal, who will be Malkin-less now. Mike Fisher might miss a ton of time. Who knows what you can expect from Ribeiro. Derek Roy is pretty nice low cost addition, but that was a player they needed with the uncertainty of Fisher. He's not going to be able to replace him.
Neal was a pretty good goal scorer before he was traded to Pittsburgh. He will likely see a drop in his production, but it might not be that much. Otherwise, I agree with what you said here.
The team sold last year for $320 million. That is the minimum value of the franchise because, as Tri already said, the arena is tied to the team at the moment. When you factor in the new NHL TV money each team will be receiving, it is only likely that the value of the franchise would have increased slightly, or at the very least stayed the same since last years sale.