Posted by NJDevs4978
on 21 October 2014 - 09:42 PM
Tonight might have been the worst coached game I've seen since Julien left Madden on the bench twice for key shifts against Jagr when he scored two third-period goals and beat us late. Every time I want to give Pete another chance and buy the bull**** about him being a great mind and all that, he does **** like putting Gionta out in the final minute of a tie game in the offensive zone, putting our slowest players on the ice in a 4-on-4 situation, or using Zidlicky as the 'defensive replacement' for Larsson.
Posted by NJDevs4978
on 25 September 2014 - 04:47 PM
I was opposed to the Locker Room subforum back then because the off-topic section wasn't so busy that sports talk got in the way of general off-topic threads, it made it take longer to navigate to the sports conversation, and it made it an additional page you needed to check if you were interested in talking about other sports with the people on here. Now, you can get to the Locker Room without having to go through Off-Topic first, but it still makes no sense for it to be a separate subforum because off-topic is even more of a deserted void than it used to be. Right now the Locker Room and Off-Topic have a combined total of five threads that have been posted in over the past week, so separating them doesn't have any benefit and only makes the forum more segmented than it needs to be.
Also, it may be a longshot but a theory could be made that allowing the sports talk in the off-topic section could bring the forum a little back towards its more civil and personal days. I feel like the off-topic section was where we got to know each other better, and taking discussions away from there has made off-topic less visited, and the lack of visitors is probably why nobody posts the fun off-topic threads we used to have because it is likely nobody will even see them.
Funny you should bring up the Locker Room and act like it's causing the board deterioration, I think the sports folder is pretty much the only place on the forum that hasn't been contaminated into a 'posters x and y bashing each other' and 'have the same argument z' the way the hockey forum has been in recent years, and you still have fun, intelligent banter/discussions in the football threads, the Mets thread in baseball and the other random threads that pop up there occasionally. Precisely because the poster base there is smaller. When you have more traffic on a site, you're going to get more of the whiny element, it's just the way it is. That's why the Devils' Facebook is a wasteland...too much random traffic.
As far as why there isn't more off-topic posting, well part of it is just the people who were posting Off-Topic back then aren't on the forum anymore period for one reason or another. You had younger posters then that are in a different place in their life and older posters that are just tired of the board...trust me I know, the longer you post in a particular place the more jaded you get about the board itself. And the other part of it is the internet's different than it was even five years ago. There are so many specialized sites out there to talk about whatever you want. Twitter's exploded, Facebook's become bigger, there are a million more sites and hundreds of outlets to talk about whatever you want to online strangers. Not wanting to scroll down an extra second to find Off-Topic isn't a valid reason why there isn't OT discussion. It exists on the forum, it's there for when people want to use it, it's just not the first thing people are going to look for and jump into if they're new posters and see very little activity there.
To get to Tri's point, it really depends on the thread/purpose of it. You could take a page out of HF's book and have certain stickied threads that get long (an Albany thread, a STH thread as Colin said). Other threads could be more specialized and talk about specific things that happen and articles that get posted. Rock used to post all the articles, now nobody's really taken that mantle. And nobody wants to start threads based on Tweets. That's I suppose another place where having a longer team specific thread like HF might help, Tweets get posted there and that fosters discussion.
I agree the Rock forum's pretty much outlived its usefulness imo, it was created when the Prudential Center first opened with new info about Newark, and it was useful. Now you could probably just devote thread(s) to the surrounding area here.
It's amazing how Marty says a bunch of good things in the article like this
“A lot of the conversation I had with him was to make sure we need to take care of Schneids,” Brodeur said. “I think that’s the main goal he has to worry about from my point of view. I’m sure he’s thinking the same. He’s been pretty open about it as far as wanting to get Cory back and signed and lock him in so they don’t have to worry about a goalie for six, seven more years. And it was the same in some of the conversations I had with him. So, it wasn’t really about a role (for him) or whatever, but, again, at his age, (Schneider) needs to start playing more hockey and see if he can take the load of 70-something games that I was able to do for so many years.
“Me and Lou, we have a great relationship and I think we understand both sides of the medal here,” Brodeur said. “For me, the future of the Devils is a lot more important than my future.”
And yet the only thing that gets attention around here is the blurb that Lou is probably going to wait to see what Marty does (which granted is a bit disconcerting unless that means they have enough confidence in Kinkaid that if Marty doesn't return it's likely he'll start the season as a backup if all the good backups are signed by the time Marty goes somewhere else). Which causes people to rag on Marty again.
Yes I didn't like the way he was popping off during the season but it's over now. He knows the deal here and he's been dare I say back to his old self personality-wise since the season ended.
Yes, Quick's stats are not up to par, but you all are missing the the fact that Quick has face more shots than anyone in the playoffs....Quick has faced almost 80 more shots than Lundquist. Is it the team bailing Quick out? Or maybe the Kings suck at defense. Yes, SV% is a huge part of the argument, but its difficult for a goalie to maintain a high SV% when he faces a high volume of shots every night and Quick has made some amazing saves in the Chicago series, despite his shoddy SV%, one stop on the Hawks on a big chance very late in the 3rd.
Quick's also played one more game and a bunch of OT's. The Rangers have had two short OT's in the entire playoffs.
I think you guys are taking Pete too literally. He banished Marty for long stretches in late January and late in the season. He's just saying what he has to say for public consumption because let's face it, Marty's still a lot more popular than Pete. You're not going to get anywhere publicly ripping Marty, no matter whether it's true or not.
Personally I'd be a lot more worried about what Lou says/does vis-a-vis Marty than Pete.
And before anyone comes back with well the Habs would beat the Bruins first in that scenario well sure, I actually picked the Habs over the Bruins before the playoffs started. It's all about the rivalry. You could put pee wee hockey players in those jerseys and they'd probably go seven tight games.
As for 3rd period leads - it's a fluke. Nothing that can be done. The trouble is that NJ doesn't lead by 2 enough. They prevent shots just fine - 5 on 5 with a lead, they give up the fewest shots of anyone, even taking into account the Devils' scorer. When you have a goalie as bad as Brodeur is, really anything can happen.
Columbus, Edmonton, Vancouver, Florida, etc...they blow two and three-goal leads just as much as they blow one-goal leads. It's not a fluke when it's been a trend throughout Pete's three years here.