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In Topic: If the Kurvers for Niedermayer Trade Never Happened

23 October 2014 - 03:44 PM

Solid article, and if you didn't already know it was written by Down Goes Brown, it hits you at the end when, even after enjoying a long, productive career out of Lindros, the Leafs still never found a way to win the Cup.   :evil:


(It's slightly disappointing that he forgot that the Devils haven't always been in Newark, but that's forgivable.)


As for the effects this alternate reality has on the Devils, it's certainly plausible that McMullen's patience with Lou finally runs out in 1995.  It was an interesting choice to hint that Milbury ends up as his successor; perhaps an American writer changes the story to include the franchise's relocation to Nashville.  (And what happens to all of us?  Do we become Islanders fans?)


But let's go even deeper.  The Devils weren't awarded Stevens until after the '91 draft.  If Lou never gets to draft Niedermayer and his only first-rounder that year is Brian Rolston, does he still go after Stevens?  Or does he take St. Louis's initial offer of Cujo, Brind'Amour, and a couple picks?  (Keeping in mind, of course, that Brodeur has already been drafted.)


Let's say the Devils still do end up pursuing and acquiring Stevens.  Does Lou still ask him to change his game to focus more on defense, or does he remain an offensive defenseman?  For that matter, does Stevens remain a Devil for life, or does he split at some point?  If Stevens settles into what would have been Niedermayer's role, who takes on the mantle of the Stevens that we remember?  Daneyko?  Somebody else entirely?  Nobody?


A lot of interesting things could have happened if that trade never went down.

In Topic: 2014-15 Albany Devils and ECHL Thread

22 October 2014 - 03:36 PM

Darcy Zajac also picked up an instigator in that final-minute donnybrook, so an automatic one-game suspension has kicked in.  He will miss Friday's game at Hartford.


From the "Where are they now?" file, good old PL3 himself, Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond, is with WBS.  Not surprisingly, he also found himself participating in the last-minute festivities.


Last night's highlights (minus the fighting):


In Topic: I hope the Devils never do what the Red Sox did

02 October 2014 - 08:36 PM

What the hell do you think this proves? Is my discourse supposed to change because a few devils fans were supportive of Richter when he retired more than a decade ago? Popular opinion MUST be objectively correct.


I wasn't trying to prove anything.  Just pointing out that things used to be different around here.  Devils fans used to be classy, and we were damn proud of it; it's what separated us from the Rangers and Flyers fans we'd always see.  These days, it seems like it's a competition to see who can be the bigger douchebag.


Maybe Satans Hockey is right.  Maybe Richter got more respect because he was not just an American, but an American Olympian.  Shouldn't matter, though.  If you can't tip your cap to your opponent after the battle is done, it says a lot.  Perhaps we should abolish the handshake line at the end of every playoff series as well?


I will never show an ounce of respect to a retiring Ranger. I'm sure any standing ovation Lundvist would receive would be promptly followed by a solid Rangers suck.


Maybe you should stick to fist-pumping at the club down the shore, brah.

In Topic: I hope the Devils never do what the Red Sox did

30 September 2014 - 07:33 PM

For all of you "I would NEVER cheer Lundqvist when he retires!" people:


Here's the NJDevs thread from when Mike Richter retired.

In Topic: Dano is the new Chico. jMac is the new Dano

26 September 2014 - 12:22 AM

This is so wrong...


Jeter is finishing up one of the most ego maniac seasons in sports history. Brodeur does not compare to Jeter, and I don't even understand how you even got to this conclusion.


Well, yes and no.  Believe me, I have no love for the Yankees or Jeter, and I completely agree with your opinion on his farewell tour, but which is more egomaniacal:  Announcing your retirement so far in advance that you get to spend the entire season having the league kiss your feet, or insisting upon a starter's job when you're barely good enough to be a backup and probably should have retired already?