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  1. This last week has been a very disappointing situation for the overall health of NJDevs.com. I was dismayed to find out in the midst of moving that some members of the website decided to take crap posting to a new level. Some members revealed themselves to be quite racist and insensitive and some members egged these members on. As I said, I was directing movers, and packing frantically. I don't have time to babysit. Quite frankly, the New Jersey Devils as a product are at their best in years and look to hopefully make the playoffs...but some of you are still miserable and bringing the rest of us down. You will notice some popular people did not make the return with the website. I won't name names but suffice to say the three of them have either run off or controlled the topics on this site for too long. I tried to placate them, joked along with them to get them to settle down but they would just return and begin it all anew. The fourth member posted some unfortunate posts himself and will also not be back. If you are reading this and can't log in, you were probably banned, I don't owe you an explanation, you knew what you were doing. No, you won't be coming back, it's forever this time Its not us, it was you. To the rest of us, let's get back to enjoying the forum to talk about the Devils and Thank you to everyone that literally called or texted me to find out what happened. Thanks, DM
    30 points
  2. I almost created a new thread for what I'm about to say, but it doesn't deserve one, nor do I want to change the direction of this thread since it's meant to be the generic thread about the team for this season, however, since the last few posts have alluded to what evidently went on here recently (I didn't read or see any of it, btw), I just want to put it out there. When I went to visit this site over the weekend and saw it was down I was assuming either 1) The hosting provider had some issue and it was out of DM's control or 2) DM was doing maintenance to the site as he does occasionally, and it would be back up in a short amount of time. After a half day passed and the site wasn't back up, I was mildly concerned like I'm sure most others were as well, but still figured DM would get to whatever the issue was when he could (as he pointed out, he happened to be in the middle of a move, which is totally understandable, not that he needs any excuse or reason for how he spends his time - he could vacation for a week and turn off his computer and phone and if the site goes down and is unavailable for that time, oh well - we'll all have to live with it). When the half day turned into a full day, and a day that the Devils were to play a game no less, part of me did start to think that we were about to read a post from DM saying NJ Devs is no more, I was not only sad to potentially lose this site, but also feared that perhaps something happened to DM himself. Thankfully that's not the case, however it occurred to me that I really don't have a way of connecting with many of you, and that I'd be sad to lose out on a really great place that I love coming to often, year after year. Running a site like this isn't easy and we all do our part to try and support DM each year to keep the lights on and make this place an enjoyable and sustainable place to come to, but with that said I would like to publicly state and volunteer to take over this place (or build another) should the time come when DM ever has to step down. I've been part of other online communities and forums in the past 20 years and I've seen some of them shut down. It's unfortunate for the members and people who've formed a bond in a unique way. But life does go on. In the event that this place ceases to exist, I think some type of contingency plan would be helpful so that those members who do wish to stay connected can do so if they wish. I don't know what the best way to go about this would be, but perhaps some type of Facebook Group or Reddit thread. Please, please, please, let's not derail this thread too far, that's not the point of this. If people agree, perhaps a like/thumbs up to this post would at least confirm if I'm not alone and others share these thoughts, and anyone can private message me if they have ideas or want to come up with some type of backup plan just to be prepared.
    11 points
  3. I just want to say... and I'm not trying to flame, or kick anyone while anyone is down or anything. But this thread has been such an enjoyable read without the usual bickering. Huge quality of life improvement. Almost seems like we have more people posting than usual even, now that some folks aren't just... constantly going at it (full disclosure: I've been guilty of it in the past. Am hypocrite). Really excited for this board.
    9 points
  4. Reality check for this game with some thoughts... The Devils were the better team for most of the game, but Vegas scored twice in transition after good to great scoring chances for the Devils did not go in. Haula simply can not be an anchor on Jack's back anymore, his failure to shoot the puck and instead try to make a fancy pass led to the first transition goal. He was alone in front and he did not shoot, what is he doing there? He is a good 2 way player, but he can not play with Jack, he simply is wasting too much of games eating up 86's minutes. I know Boquist is not liked by many of the fans, but I would much rather he get those minutes where he plays with Jack than Haula, at least he can skate with him, and Jack won't have to lesson his pace with him. I would prefer Shango being on the line, but they seem to not want to do that and have that second faceoff guy there. Tatar had a really bad game tonight in terms of playing with the puck, he also should not be an anchor to Jack, we need guys who can skate, but Tatar has been excellent this year overall so I won't kill him for a bad game. Smith was really bad tonight, they really need Marino back sooner than later. Wood needs to sit, he might be playing injured I don't know, but since the big hit he took in Dec he has not been the same. Nico and Bratt were the two best players on the ice until the last minute of the game and OT when Jack and Dougie took over. Jack, Mercer and Shango would be my second line until they make a big trade for whoever, hopefully Nico's Swiss teammate, but that is what I would do and then go Jesper 2 with Tatar and Haula as line 3. Jack is still just a baby in terms of his future, look at McDavid now at 26 and how he took another jump, Jack has 3 or 4 more jumps in his play when he gets stronger and smarter, the rest of the league should be worried, very worried.
    9 points
  5. Without dredging it all up, there was a lot of very heated debate about Provorov. It got very ugly, but it’s over now and that’s a good thing. Serious kudos to DM to keeping this place alive. And for everything else that he does.
    9 points
  6. PK giving Hughes a lot of love in this postgame. Love it
    8 points
  7. PK is going OFF on ESPN sh!tting on Jack doubters.
    7 points
  8. I know it's a spoiled thing to ask for given the last decade of Devils hockey and I should just be happy with a win, but I would like one of those no anxiety wins tonight against the Ducks. Just curb stomp this team from the very beginning.
    7 points
  9. Not sure if anyone had said it since the board is back up but our Devils now have more points than they did the ENTIRE season last year and we aren't even done with the month of January yet. Vegas is coming in on a bit of a downswing so the Devils really need to come out and play a good 1st period and score the first goal. Let's kick them while they are down and get win 31. LETS GO DEVILS!!!
    6 points
  10. It certainly pleases me that my materials do not stay on my page, but somehow find the viewer, help. This year, unfortunately, due to all these very important wars against each other, money transfers are closed, and I cannot buy a subscription for the American junior leagues. And I can't watch live because of the time zone difference. Reason why I will not make a deep dive into the draft of this year. Last year, you could have learned from me about Gaultier, way before hype on him became mainstream. A similar story was about Edvinsson a year before. And about Sanderson a year earlier. I like my pre draft work, because it was succesful on my taste. I would say - very succsessful. But this year I do nothing. It frankly saddens and upsets me. I watched few games of euro prospects, wjc and some games of russian prospects. Hope Fitz will trade first pick for Meier.
    6 points
  11. It is so much fun being at these games in a (relatively) full building. The energy from the crowd has been great from November on this season.
    6 points
  12. This team is now 9-1-2 over its last 12 games, and 7-0-1 in its last 8. And I have no idea how. They’re fighting it a LOT. So little is coming easily. But they keep banking (stealing?) points.
    6 points
  13. What a fvcking play by Hughes, drew the whole defense.
    6 points
  14. No offense to AATJ, but it would be a bigger compliment for Guadana to shout out them loll
    6 points
  15. Meier is also leading the league in SOG, and would probably have a few more goals if he wasn't so snakebitten earlier in the season. Speaking of league leaders in SOG, Jack is third (behind only Meier and Pastrnak, who are tied for first). As much as we have been asking for a winger for Jack, if Meier ends up on the Devils, it may make more sense to put him on Nico's wing. It would probably be best to put two of the league's best shot generators on different lines. And that's irrespective of Nico's chemistry with Meier. I don't think anyone would complain about a top 6 of: Palat-Hughes-Bratt Meier-Hischier-Mercer
    6 points
  16. Mr 2% accurate is saying Holtz, Blackwood and a first for Meier and Reimer is the “current offer” so needless to say, he’ll be a Hurricane in the coming days
    6 points
  17. Haven't been on much recently. A lot going on , illness, lots of work pressure to small kids. Will try and get back on some regular updates. Anyway Topias Vilen having a very nice year for Pelicans in Finland. Still only 19.
    6 points
  18. Birthday win for the captain tonight please. Thank you.
    6 points
  19. Also I’m glad Haula gave it to Jack because Haula probably would have missed the net
    6 points
  20. Nemec had a sweet goal today. Had a really good seat today and got to see him from up close all game IMG_8415.MOV IMG_8417.MOV
    6 points
  21. Pre-25 I woulda probably went after him. If I also had twins then, I woulda hated my life and the girl I was with then so triple rage
    6 points
  22. Jack walking away before Matt could even finish his last sentence lol
    5 points
  23. This has largely been as unimpressive of a 9-2-2 run as it gets…superb goaltending coupled with opponents somehow not cashing in on the insane amount of high danger chances that the Devils are giving up as of late has allowed this team to somehow keep banking points. And of course scoring so many goals with their goalie pulled. Luck has been on their side to an insane degree. The good news is that they do have some guys who are capable of converting the chances (at a very good rate) that they get, and in Jack’s case, he’s your classic “Create something out of nothing” superstar. They have just enough talent that they can sometimes get away with being outplayed and outchanced, but obviously this is all going to catch up with them if they don’t get things straightened out in February. Also easy to take excellent goaltending for granted…VV has wildly exceeded expectations. I’ve already pointed it out but he’s basically been a .930 save% goalie for most of his season…his first start and a mild dip when the Devils were struggling are what’s dragging him down to .916…his season save% is misleading. We all love what he’s doing and maybe he’s found another level, but there’s always the chance that he could come back to Earth some…should that happen, the Devils won’t be getting away with nearly as much as they have been during this peculiar 9-2-2 run. With each game (win or lose) we’re reminded how much the Devils miss Marino, and how much they need a solid stay-at-home rock. The more minutes Severson gets, the more he gets exposed for being the careless, brain-dead, maddening player that he’s always been; I’ve said it a bunch of times but Seves is a classic bad-team player…NHLer, yes, but he has no business playing on a contender. Smith has been a failure; there’s just no nice way to say it. Fitz needs to upgrade there, and Seves needs to go back to getting third-pair minutes the second Marino settles back in after shaking off any rust. The ASB is coming at a perfect time, and Fitz will hopefully be as good of a deadline buyer as he’s been a seller. And hopefully the Devils will bounce back and play legit good in February, instead of relying on insane luck that allowed them to “surge” through a most misleading January. At least they’ve built up another cushion to try to figure things out.
    5 points
  24. I don't think anyone on this board has ever really discussed it but I thought Lou did a decent job his last few years in NJ
    5 points
  25. Says Jack should absolutely be in the conversation for MVP cause he does EVERYTHING for his team. Boucher agrees
    5 points
  26. 5 points
  27. Jack’s deadweight line mates fail to convert a glorious chance, and we instantly get scored on afterwards. Fun times.
    5 points
  28. Whew, welcome back njdevs.com. I thought we lost you there. As for the game, that VV save with his blocker was the save of the year for NJ, right? Especially since it ultimately helped lead to the Devils winning 2-1.
    5 points
  29. So he’s ahead of Gio’s pace during the 48 goal season. 50 is starting to feel pretty realistic.
    5 points
  30. Also not voting in this poll. I'm not superstitious, but I am a little stitious.
    5 points
  31. Now way in hell any team in this league is giving up a prospect as good as Luke for a rental. Maybe a low first but not a prospect with that much potential.
    5 points
  32. But yeah if anyone saw two people in military appreciation jerseys (one a capitals one) a woman in a Vegas pullover, a girl in a Zajac and two red headed demons in blank devils jerseys, that was our clan tonight. Boys had a blast aside from the result.
    5 points
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