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Chuck the Duck

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In Topic: Off-season Game Plan: It Won't be Lou's

Today, 09:09 AM

those are quotes i want to read and hear from my GM. Not delusional GM bullsh!t status quo talks saying the team is fine and still in the race and going for it

 

I have to agree with what he is saying, but talk is cheap.  I never payed attention to anything Lou said because none of it was the truth.  His quotes were just useless sound bites, and his true feelings and intentions were never going to be relayed to the media.

In Topic: Lou Lamoriello Appreciation Thread

Yesterday, 09:50 AM

There is not enough praise I can heap on Lou for his work here in NJ over the past 28 years.  More than anyone else, he embodies what it means to be a NJ Devil.  All I can say is thank you!

In Topic: RAY SHERO = NEW GM. Coach decision is Shero's.

04 May 2015 - 03:30 PM

Wow!!!  I have a hard time thinking this is Lou's idea. 

 

Let the Shero bashing begin in 3, 2, 1 ...

In Topic: Artemi Panarin

04 May 2015 - 02:50 PM

Miami Mike's is terrible.  And he is a clown.  Can't stand that guy, and the stupid commercials he used to air on WDHA when he was screaming into the mic for 30 seconds straight.  F him!

In Topic: Artemi Panarin

01 May 2015 - 08:44 PM

[quote name="Marv4Life" post="1315344" timestamp="1430519917"]Not in 2013. And even this year they managed to draw over 15,000 despite being dreadful.
 
Before the move in 2007 this team had a hard time attracting FAs(despite them being able to sign a bunch over the years). It's nothing new and it's not the only franchise in the league who has this issue(Buffalo? Columbus? Carolina? Arizona?). It's more to do with the franchise being stuck in its old ways than anything so to put the entire or even most of the blame on the city is ignorant. Marketing is important yet at the same time what is there to market in terms of this sorry craphole of a team who has missed the playoffs 4/5 [quote name="thecoffeecake" post="1315337" timestamp="1430511484"]I'm going to be interested to see what the crowds are like next time the team is competitive. In the last lockout year, the stadium was pretty consistently full. At least the few games I went to, and judging from the atmosphere on TV and reported attendance numbers. I honestly don't know how much of that was due to everyone trying to get to half the amount of games, I don't know what attendance patterns were like around the league that year.
This is a really unique market in that it is the only one in north american sports that I can think of that isn't based in or around a major city. There's no urban concentration of fans, and most of us are coming from much father away than fans of most teams.
I really think marketing is the key, and I'm certainly not a business guy. I'm a huge supporter of tradition in sports, and am the first to defend Lou's logo and jersey integrity policy, and even the no numbers over 40 thing, but allowing the team virtually no exposure doesn't help maintain a first class organization; it prevents the club from integrating with the community and keeps potential fans away from the team. I'm terrified that the day Lou isn't in charge, they're gonna unveil a sleek new logo and alternate black jersey, but I can't wait for the potential marketing blitz we could see[/quote]

Th crowds during the lockout shortened season were pretty full, probably because we were coming off a finals appearance and there were less games. But in all of the other years since we moved to the Rock, the arena was nowhere near as full as those reported attendance figures indicated. In many games vs. the Rags, Philly, and Montreal (other than in 2012 and 2013) it seemed like we were outnumbered by their fans at the Rock, much like some of the games this season.

The problem now is the team is bad, we have no marketable star, and this team does very little to market itself or it's players anyway. They have started to improve a little bit with the community outreach and marketing, but there is a long way to go. In theory, Lou doesn't control the business side of the team anymore, so we should be seeing things change already. But who are you going to market as the must see attraction?