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Derek21

Member Since 09 Sep 2002
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In Topic: 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs thread

13 April 2014 - 07:08 PM

Here are your match-ups.

 

EAST

 

Bruins vs Red Wings

Penguins vs Blue Jackets

Lightning vs Canadiens

Rangers vs Flyers

 

Obviously, I'm not making a pick for my team's series. I honestly don't know what to expect. So, I will not even be making a series prediction on the blog.

 

Bruins over Wings in 5

Pens over Jackets in 5

Lightning vs Canadiens (Pick 'Em) Another series I have no clue on. Bishop injury.

Rangers vs Flyers (Pick 'Em) Will probably go at least 6.

 

WEST

 

Ducks vs Stars

Avalanche vs Wild

Blues vs Blackhawks

Sharks vs Kings

 

Two potential classic series here. One team with more pressure than anyone else (St. Louis).

 

Ducks over Stars in 6

Avalanche over Wild in 5

Blues vs Blackhawks (Pick 'Em) Oshie injury. Miller vs Crawford. I can't decide.

Sharks over Kings in 7

 

The San Jose pick is based on their scorers performing. Quick could wreck it. This postseason is a toss up. Outside of the Bruins, there are no other overwhelming favorites. The Avs are without Matt Duchene. Pick at your own risk.

In Topic: Report: Ryan Malone arrested for drunk driving, possession of cocaine

13 April 2014 - 06:55 PM

I know this much: Malone is pretty much done as a member of the Lightning once they are eliminated from the playoffs.

 

I think he has more pressing issues Manta. Like getting his life back together.

In Topic: Martin Brodeur Final (?) Game Thread

13 April 2014 - 06:54 PM

How difficult was it for YOU to write that? Very well said, Derek.

 

As happy as I am to see the torch passed to Cory (hopefully for more than one season), it was great to watch Brodeur with his distinct style one more time, today. The beautiful puck handling The skate save on the breakaway. The standing glove save. He played the position differently. I'll miss that next season.

 

 

Not difficult at all dr. I devoted an entire tribute post on the blog to him. Marty deserved that send off. I'm really glad the fans treated him to one last memorable moment full of chants we've come to appreciate. Even I was a bit sad watching the end game interview. Hope he retires.

In Topic: Martin Brodeur Final (?) Game Thread

13 April 2014 - 06:44 PM

I enjoyed seeing the players give Marty his moment. That was a nice touch. Whatever your thoughts are, without Brodeur there are no Jersey Devils. He is the man. Even in the twilight, he dug deep and outplayed Hank to get them there one final time. In a year they were viewed as an afterthought. Brodeur is one of those special athletes that comes around once in a lifetime. He is a living legend. If he doesn't want to go out the way Rivera and Jeter are, that's his choice. Even with his commentary, the man is one thing. A winner. Even I know. Marty's Better.

In Topic: Chico makes his retirement official

13 April 2014 - 06:37 PM

I want to congratulate Chico on a great career. He is one of the classiest hockey people I ever met. A true gentleman. I was fortunate to work on Devils games in '00-01 and those were a gem. It definitely changed my perspective. At the end of the day, these are just people who get to play and cover the best sport. It was a great experience.

 

My fondest memory of Chico will always be when before a Thrashers game during the morning skate, I was studying the stats and noticed that the 2 teams had the most hat tricks in the league. To sum it up, I told him and later on the telecast in the third, he used it. I'll never forget Mr. Resch mentioning me on air when the production truck put the graphic up. That was an ultra cool moment. Between that and getting the opportunity to see the best broadcaster in the business Doc prepare and Stan starting every meeting with a cheesy joke, it was a blast. My last game, I remember saying my goodbyes. It was emotional. Little did I know that a few years later I'd see Chico at MSG for the Rangers first round series in '06. I can still recall him saying, "Pretty big night."

 

That was Chico. He is one of the nicest people. I am glad the broadcast paid tribute to him. He was the Devils. That part will be missed. Devil broadcasts won't be the same. I loved seeing all the old clips. Great production from a bunch of quality people. I'm glad you all treated him so nicely and chanted his name till the conclusion of the MSG broadcast. He deserved it. At least they'll have Ken Daneyko in the booth. He'll do great.

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