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Chuck the Duck

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#1333835 Brad Mills - Life as a Yo-Yo

Posted by Chuck the Duck on 03 November 2015 - 03:05 PM

Brad Mills wrote an article for the Player's Tribune, the same site that Salvador had previously published his story in.  I thought it was interesting and a good read about these players that are constantly on the roster bubble.  Since I couldn't figure out what other thread I should put it in, I started a new one for those interested in reading it.   




However, the funniest part comes at the end when he writes: "I recently secured a new job, a “real” job, and it’s a pretty strange feeling to know that I’ll be a rookie all over again. I’ll definitely miss a lot of things about hockey, but I won’t miss the crutches, I won’t miss the guillotine, and I definitely won’t miss being woken up on the bone-rattler bus at 5 a.m. because I’m choking on Jeremy Morin’s heinous farts. I always knew it was you, Mo. You’re gross."

Good stuff!

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#1324109 Tom Fitzgerald named Assistant GM

Posted by Chuck the Duck on 24 July 2015 - 01:09 PM

Team crest has been re-designed ...



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#1316330 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs thread

Posted by Chuck the Duck on 11 May 2015 - 09:23 AM

Same story, different year.  It's not surprising that a team that has choked throughout its existence comes up small yet again when it matters.  Just like the Blues stayed true to form this postseason, so have the Caps.  The Rags will win game 7 in a walk on Wednesday night.   

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#1315695 Lou Lamoriello Appreciation Thread

Posted by Chuck the Duck on 05 May 2015 - 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!

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#1314317 What would you trade for McDavid

Posted by Chuck the Duck on 21 April 2015 - 10:42 AM

Well then the kid is dumb if he's just going to let himself wallow in an unmarketable city and loser team.


Or he was brought up the right way, rather than as a spoiled brat (See Lindros).   What is to say this kid isn't so good that he doesn't make EDM the next Pitt?  The Pens were bankrupt, an NHL afterthought, and about to move before they got Crosby.  He changed the fortunes of that team and now they are on NBC broadcasts every other night and one of the most marketable teams in the league.


Would you be saying the same thing if we won the lottery and were getting him instead of EDM?  I highly doubt it, but we are almost as unmarketable as the Oilers, and last I checked our team is garbage and hasn't made the playoffs in 3 years so we aren't in a position to call another organization a bunch of losers. 

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#1310469 Devils are making their move

Posted by Chuck the Duck on 20 March 2015 - 09:16 AM

Actually they do, because statistically we had a worse shot of winning the lottery that year than we do this year.


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#1308446 Lou Lamoriello will remain GM even if team misses playoffs -Chere

Posted by Chuck the Duck on 03 March 2015 - 10:45 AM

I guess I owuld expectthem to say that now, although I hope they are looking at the last 5 to 8 years and keeping him on a really short leash, 3 years of no playoffs is unheard of in NJ...


No it's not.  This team didn't make the playoffs between 1982 and 1987.  It's unheard of in the Lou Lamoriello era of NJ Devils hockey. 


People seem to forget (or weren't old enough to remember) how bad this team was before he arrived and basically built this entire organization from the ground up.  Our run has ended and it's time to rebuild the team again.  Maybe Lou isn't the right person to do it in today's NHL environment.  Maybe the game has passed him by.  I'm willing to put my money on him and give him a chance at turning this around though. 

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#1306205 I really am beginning to hate our fans.

Posted by Chuck the Duck on 23 February 2015 - 10:49 AM

I know this is a message board, but how is this still being debated?   The chant is going nowhere.  In fact, it seems to have gotten louder with the vuvuzela. 




I have a family and have no problem with the chant.  The family argument shouldn't even be a part of this conversation because, if a parent can't explain to their child what the YS chant means, the context it is being used in, and enforce their own values with their child by telling them not to say that word (if they so choose to go that route), then they shouldn't be a parent to begin with or, at the very least, should never leave their house for fear that their poor child will hear something as profane as a word that is synonoumous with the word stinks. 

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#1301233 World Cup of Hockey

Posted by Chuck the Duck on 19 January 2015 - 10:30 AM

Another pure money grab by the NHL (much like the Stadium series).  The format is a gimmick, no matter how you try and justify it.  It just doesn't seem right to me for some reason.  Sometimes you are best served leaving well enough alone. The World Cup works in soccer, and it can work in hockey as well.  But , in the end, does it really matter?  Nobody (outside of Canada) is going to care about this tournament anyways.   


But if you are going to change it, why not take the best 184 players in the world and hold a fantasy draft to select the teams?  No country affiliations at all, and still the same high level of play and skill that purportedly is the basis for this format.  In fact, it would be an even better tournament because the teams (in theory) would be more evenly skilled.  

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#1299211 Stuart Scott 1965-2015

Posted by Chuck the Duck on 04 January 2015 - 11:49 PM

RIP Stuart Scott. He will forever be as cool as the other side of the pillow.
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#1292942 Official "Marty Watch" Thread

Posted by Chuck the Duck on 04 December 2014 - 04:46 PM

It'll definitely be weird to see Marty in a different jersey. I did a post on it. Good luck to him.


The Final Chapter


This quote from Brodeur that Derek21 included in his article sums up everything perfectly:


“I’m living this dream and when you are living a dream and you really enjoy what you do, it’s hard to let go sometimes.”


As a professional athlete, let alone one of, if not, the greatest to ever play the position, it can't be easy letting go of everything you've ever known, the life you've always had, and the routine that's so ingrained in you.  That's why for so many of these guys, they need to tear the jersey off their backs and basically force them to retire because they just aren't prepared to go on their own accord.  Marty is no different.  


What I don't get is all the anger/hatred towards Brodeur.  For some on this board it's almost as if supporting Marty and hoping he has success means you don't support Cory.  Those 2 things are not mutually exclusive.  And for those worried about what some ill informed fan says on Facebook or a blog about wanting Marty back at the expense of Cory, who really gives a sh!t what they say and think!  If that is the reason for the vitriol directed toward Marty both now, and last year, then that is a really sad indictment of this fanbase considering everything Brodeur has done for this orgnization for the past 20 years. 

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#1287255 2014-2015 Lineup Thread

Posted by Chuck the Duck on 06 November 2014 - 09:08 PM

I dont think we're in a rebuilt or i dont think Lou sees it that way at all. That means making sacrifices for the future. I simply don't see it. All i see it patching things up the best we can and hold on to what we have to "win now".

In my mind, this is Lou's way of rebuilding. He will never fully blow it up, because he's too much of a competitor for that and knows full well that attendance would rival the Panthers if he did. But he also knows that we don't have any NHL ready forwards in the pipeline, so he constantly has to look to FA to fill the gaps until he can restock. Now that the young D are ready to take the next step, he made the moves necessary to allow then to play. Can you remember the last time we had 3-4 D under 24 years of age in the lineup at the same time?

He may call it retooling, but this is a slow rebuild that has started with the D and goaltending, and will take a number of additional years for the F corp to catch up.
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#1284171 If the Kurvers for Niedermayer Trade Never Happened

Posted by Chuck the Duck on 23 October 2014 - 01:10 PM

I did...so much was made of Eric when he was in the Juniors, and I followed the Toronto vs. Quebec stats the entire second half of that season, hoping we'd get a crack at him. Alas, it was not meant to be. 


But we made out pretty well regardless, could argue we don't win some cups without Nieds. 


We likely don't win any of those cups without Niedermayer.  Just like we wouldn't have won them without Stevens or Brodeur.  Those 3 were the foundation for everything.  We were very lucky to have such a prolonged run with 3 HOF'ers in our lineup each night.  

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#1283495 sharks and devils discussing major trade?

Posted by Chuck the Duck on 21 October 2014 - 02:58 PM

Not a chance on those players. Larsson is too much of an unknown right now to risk a good young player. Not that Cogliano is so young anymore.


Larsson was also not a big part of a Cup run. He played decent in 5 games. Hardly a big part.


I agree that he played descent in the limited time he got during that cup run and was not a "big" part.  However, his goal in the third period of Game 2 vs. the Flyers was one of most important we scored that entire post season.  The Devils were on their way to a 1-0 or 2-0 loss in that game and a 2-0 hole in the series and that goal completely changed the script in that game and, ultimately, the series.

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#1283293 Here we go again. New goal song for 14-15

Posted by Chuck the Duck on 20 October 2014 - 09:04 AM

It's amazing how many times the same things can be said over and over lol


+1.  I've said it before, and I'll say it again (because everyone else seems to be repeating the same argument over this BS issue), reading these posts is like watching left-wing liberal Democrat argue with a right-wing conservative Republican argue over just about anything.  Both sides are so blinded by their own position that they deem infallible that they can't see the valid points the other is making. 


Fact of the matter is, there is no right and wrong in this goal song debate.  It's all personal preference.  To call people that don't agree with your position names and belittle them is just ridiculous and is an example of how most Americans simply talk past, rather than to, each other nowadays.


Also, about the food, how do you run out of chicken fingers and french fries? It was bad enough trying to find a stand that actually sold them so my kid could get something to eat, but when I did, they were sold out! That's piss poor if you ask me. I'm glad they added all these options, but you have to keep the staples in stock.

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