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In Topic: Your Thoughts About: Reid Boucher

22 August 2015 - 05:29 AM

Boucher also had a good 20 year old season in the AHL.

I've seen people say this is the do or die time for Boucher but I think some get a little impatient because they've heard his name for a bunch of years. This is only his 22 year old season coming up and even if Boucher ends up in the AHL again, I'd be pretty content about his future if he put up a solid season down there.

It gets magnified because he is the only forward prospect who came with a slightly higher billing into a prospect pool devoid of any similar players.

If we had two or three similar propspects he would get far less attention and unwarranted criticism.

In Topic: Adidas gets NHL jersey deal. Starts 17-18. Advertising on jerseys poss

21 August 2015 - 02:33 AM

Thinking about it they will have to come up with a different way of attaching things to the jerseys.

You can't have 3 different sponsors patches stitched onto the jersey with the crest and the numbering, it's just going to add weight. Are they going to have to start printing onto the jerseys? Jersey sublimation? That would be horrible.

In Topic: Your Thoughts About: Reid Boucher

20 August 2015 - 02:55 AM

If I was going to play Boucher with anyone it would be Josefson. He is very much pass first, also he is good in his own end, so he might be able to take the pressure off.

I would have kept Gomez around, him feeding the puck to Bobby would have been excellent.

In Topic: Post here when someone from the 2014-15 Devils gets an NHL job

20 August 2015 - 02:51 AM

I'll always remember how he looked during Scott Stevens night - so amped up he was literally bouncing as he stood at the bench, just waiting for a chance to get on the ice and hit someone. Childlike joy. The guy knows he's lucky to be playing professional hockey (meaning it's a rare thing for people to be able to make a living from playing a sport) and seems to me he's never taken it for granted.

I think that's the reason Lou kept him around the team for so long. His enthusiasm for the game, his love of playing hockey, the fact he was so ready for his 5 minutes a night would be quite motivating at times to other players.

I always had the impression he would be the sort of guy who would do anything just to get on the ice. If the coach asked him to play 1st line forward or go out as the replacement goaltender he would be met with the same enthusiasm no matter what.

And if in that game he let in 12 goals and the coach came back the next night and said I need you to do it again he would.

In Topic: Adidas gets NHL jersey deal. Starts 17-18. Advertising on jerseys poss

18 August 2015 - 03:09 PM


I mean... while the above example is still 'passable' in my opinion (not as bad as the SEL - my nightmare scenario), I think it's just a little ridiculous that the center 'crest' of the jersey is a freakin company. And that the team's logo is much smaller and relegated to the upper right hand corner.

I mean, are you rooting for FC Barcelona? Or the Qatar Airways, brought to you by UNICEF?

Football isn't a great example. Club badges have always been small and in the chest area. There has always been a hell of a lot of blank space on football shirts. Barcelona pretty much held out as the last team without a corporate sponsor. And then for their first shirt they had UNICEF, which they let them have for free.

I doubt the NHL has enough appeal for single company sponsors either. The reason it tends to work in football (especially for bigger teams) is because companies want to pay for the exclusivity, and they pay a lot of money for it. Look at Manchester United 's deal with Chevrolet.