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#1279198 Should we be condensing topics on the board?

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.

#OccupyLockerRoom

 

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. 


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#1276560 2014 NJDevs FF Draft - We are finished!

Posted by NJDevs4978 on 29 August 2014 - 06:42 AM

You can pick now, the human rain delay texted his pick to CRASHER the post before yours.


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#1274625 Andy Greene Signed +5 years @ $5M Per Season

Posted by NJDevs4978 on 30 July 2014 - 05:24 PM

People are really complaining about five years when he would have easily got six years and probably six million or more on the open market?


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#1271095 2014 Draft Thread

Posted by NJDevs4978 on 28 June 2014 - 02:13 PM

Jacobs probably won't smell NHL till he is 21/22, at that point Merrill maybe pushing UFA and it is giving you options.

 

Oh goody, we're preparing for Merrill's FA but we're not preparing for Elias/Jagr to retire and filling other needs up front.


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#1270471 This off seasons UFA's and realistic possible trades

Posted by NJDevs4978 on 25 June 2014 - 07:49 PM

Good god some of you really think the worst of Lou.  If he wasn't going to give Clarkson a nutball contract last year he sure as shooting isn't giving it to another role player in Bolland this year.


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#1270093 Backup Goaltender for Next Season - SCOTT CLEMMENSEN signed

Posted by NJDevs4978 on 24 June 2014 - 02:57 PM

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.


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#1266529 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs thread

Posted by NJDevs4978 on 02 June 2014 - 08:54 AM

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.
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#1266393 2014 Yankees Thread

Posted by NJDevs4978 on 01 June 2014 - 01:18 PM

McDonagh and Brassard went to Yanks--Twins Saturday. Hung out some with Mauer, who McDonagh knows from Minnesota. Met GM Brian Cashman.

 

Brassard on meeting Cashman: "He said congratulations. By the way, I'm a Devils' fan."

 

:lol:


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#1265702 The 2014 NJ Devils Offseason Thread

Posted by NJDevs4978 on 27 May 2014 - 03:08 PM

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.


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#1264316 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs thread

Posted by NJDevs4978 on 13 May 2014 - 10:28 PM

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.


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#1261016 The Quest for 91

Posted by NJDevs4978 on 14 April 2014 - 08:40 AM

In the end it wound up taking 93 to make the playoffs. So much for 91.
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#1259593 In a Season of Problems, Brodeur was the Biggest

Posted by NJDevs4978 on 08 April 2014 - 09:57 PM

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.


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#1258459 I'm just going to come out and say it.

Posted by NJDevs4978 on 04 April 2014 - 01:07 PM

If anything the loser point HURTS Pete's record as opposed to something keeping it afloat, since everyone's shootout wins put their point totals farther above ours.

And if we won six shootouts instead of 12 in 2012 we'd STILL be the sixth seed.
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#1257094 2013-14 OOT Thread

Posted by NJDevs4978 on 30 March 2014 - 12:08 PM

Yeah?  When's our 'favorable' schedule kicking in then?  Any decade now I suppose :P


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#1247114 RUMOR: Callahan to be traded as per Boomer Esiason

Posted by NJDevs4978 on 23 February 2014 - 10:26 PM

Why is it so inconceivable that Boomer - a guy who has a TON of local connections - could have a source on a Ranger trade ahead of the national guys that don't have those kind of relationships with the local team?  Or that someone wouldn't leak it to him first precisely because he's a high-profile fan.  It's not like he's Spike Lee where he's just a famous fan, he's actually in the media.

 

If anything Brooks confirmed there've at least been discussions to that end, although my regard for St. Louis would be lessened a bit if he did indeed want out just because he got bypassed by his GM for Team Canada.


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