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  1. With our travel day tomorrow, and the season now on pause, figured what better time than to do my annual post bump. Over the past few weeks, I became a certified Standards of Conduct, Sexual Assault Prevention, and Suicide Prevention instructor. It’s been about three years coming but finally the timing worked where I was able to make it happen. On Monday, in an effort to think outside the box for the instruction, I relieved the events of 5 years ago in narrative form and emphasized to the attendees the importance of how the warning signs, even looking back now, weren’t there at all. We talked about how a simple text literally can change someone’s path and that no one should be afraid to ask for help nor reach out to help. There’s plenty of protections for individuals who get help that they can still continue their careers, and absolutely be successful in doing so without blowback from saying “hey, I need a wingman…” It felt great to hear the feedback of, “wow, finally an instructor who shares their experiences instead of just reciting the slides” pretty frequently from the 4 courses I taught that day alone. With COVID deciding to be a Dick again and possibly screwing up a lot of people’s plans, be that helping voice folks. See if your buddy’s from years ago are still doing well, or that friend you just saw yesterday and pounded a beer with us actually good when they got home. Lord knows us Devils’ fans need it (see, deep posts can still have some humor.) I appreciate all of you guys, wishing the best as always. - Jag
    16 points
  2. I'm going to end this season with a haiku, if you guy's don't mind. It started off great, Coronavirus said wait, Lotto here we come.
    16 points
  3. Hi NJDevs. My name is Jersey, and I love you.
    16 points
  4. And you thought you couldn’t possibly love Ty Smith anymore than you already do...
    13 points
  5. I haven't posted here in a long time but something about tonight makes me want to. Maybe it's the return of Devils hockey. Brutal first period but they got it together in period 2 - they're going to give some teams trouble with all that speed. Sharangovich drawing 3 penalties, pretty great, him being drilled into the boards, not so great. Thought there were some nice moments for Kuokkanen and Boqvist. And obviously if Blackwood isn't as incredible as he was, we're talking about a lot of different stuff.
    13 points
  6. How badly did we crush the 2018 draft coming out with Ty Smith and Sharangovich considering we went into it with the 17th overall and then nothing until the 4th round? It kind of makes up for pissing away our 2nd on Grabner (which made sense at the time)
    12 points
  7. Game 3 for the boys tonight. After great performances vs. the bruins, WE WANT MORE!!! NHL.com Preview: https://www.nhl.com/gamecenter/njd-vs-nyr/2021/01/19/2020020046 LGD!!!
    12 points
  8. So my cousin played juniors. Never big enough to make it to the show, but he has a ton of friends all around the sport. I was hanging with him at Christmas, and he had something to say that I thought would be interesting to you guys. One of his best friends played on Dawson Mercer’s former team in the Q. He said he was an 18 year old, Dawson was a 16 year old. By midseason, Dawson was the leader of the team. Not only was he everyone’s best friend, but he commanded everyone’s respect. My cousin said you have no idea how hard it is for a 16 year old to earn an 18 year old’s respect like that, but Dawson did. His friend said Dawson isn’t just a future NHL top-line player. He’s a future NHL captain.
    11 points
  9. Alright. Today is my birthday. Now I don’t ask much of this stupid idiot team.... I know better. However...... would it be TOO MUCH to ask for..... A WIN AT HOME (What?! Did you forget that was a thing that used to happen?! I know, crazy to think that the last time the Devils won a home game was back before things like the Super Bowl, Presidents Day, and the entire month of February!) against the fvcking trash-ass Sabres?! Whaddya think boys?! Think you can handle beating this trainwreck of a sh!tshow of a team in our home barn?! Because not losing the 11th straight game at home- to the only team in the league more dogsh!t than us- is all I ask for my birthday this year. LGD.
    10 points
  10. Keep the streak alive boys. Big game tonight, keep the progress going! NHL Preview: https://www.nhl.com/gamecenter/njd-vs-nyi/2021/01/21/2020020061 LGD!!!
    10 points
  11. how did i not know the all time PPG leader was dave andreychuk? fun fact and long story; at my first ever game, andreychuk was giving high-fives down the tunnel and his glove caught my tiny little grubby hand awkwardly and came off (he let it slide off so he didn’t rip my arm from the socket). He said “hey kid I need that” and I said something along the lines of “i promise it was an accident please don’t be mad at me” which made him laugh and then sign/throw me a puck. and THAT is why Jason Arnott is my favorite player! Andreychuk tossed it over to me, I asked my dad “who was that!?!?” and my dad, who didn’t watch hockey, said “i think it was number 25”, so I looked for #25 in my center ice catalog and saw the beautiful frosted tips of a man I would soon fall in love with. A full season later (and a Stanley Cup winning goal), I’ve got 2 arnie jerseys and 3 arnott posters on my wall. my uncle comes over the house and asks why I’m so in love with Arnott and I proudly display the puck he threw me. My uncle goes “this says number 23. not 25. I’m pretty sure it’s Andreychuk’s” and my world exploded in on itself like a dying star. I wound up throwing the puck into the woods because I’m nothing if not dramatic. But then for a christmas present my dad got me an autograph session with Arnott in the Edison mall. A week later he was traded. TLDR I have a complicated relationship with Dave Andreychuk.
    9 points
  12. Every year this hits like a sledgehammer because it's a way many people live but you would never know on the surface. For those of you who maybe curious of what it's like I was asked to write about my experience a few months ago for a website that was created by an amazing young lady who's brother who I happen to love like a son suffered a horrific TBI. She on the surface thought my story would be inspiring. Truthfully I find it dark and as the Shinedown song goes, My Monsters Are Real. Just last week my daughter and I went to see Smith and Myers (the two lead guys from Shinedown they do an acoustic tour when Shinedown is off ) and Brent Smith started talking about the next song and how much it meant to him because he opened up about his addictions he still fights but that Monsters are real and some people have to deal with them every day and it's really really heavy. I just looked at my daughter who halfway through his talk grabbed my hand and handed me a tissue. Without her the Monsters would have won out by now there's not question about it. Anyway it's not meant to be about me, it's meant to be about you have no idea what someone else is going through unless you live it and those of us that live it are most thankful that you and our families truly don't understand. We don't want you to understand the level of anxiety and depression, ever. We don't ever want you to live it. Anyway it's about 15 min read, and I didn't write the title, it certainly doesn't fit my outlook on life most days. The part that is certainly 100% accurate is I can listen and relate to others who live with similar demons within. The kind you can't see from the outside, the kind I think are the most dangerous. My sincerest wish is for you and your families to be safe both physically and emotionally always. Everything else well it truly doesn't matter. Sorry for rambling. https://www.redefyne.org/post/scott-s-anoxic-brain-injury-an-inspiration-a-work-in-progress
    9 points
  13. I kinda wish they’d have let Ruff choose his own coaching staff instead of saddling him with these guys.
    9 points
  14. Great quotes from Jack: "I think this contract shows that the team is extremely invested in me, and I'm really dedicated to the organization. Mutually, we're both really excited." "I will have lived here at least 11 years by the end of this contract," Hughes said. "I've dedicated most of my adult life to New Jersey." "There are a lot of 86 (jerseys) out there when I look around," Hughes said. "The fans really appreciate me here. I'm just extremely thankful to be a New Jersey Devil. The fans are awesome. They've treated me like gold ever since I've come here. "Now I have to return the favor and be a star for the next decade. I know it'll come, and I know it'll happen. It's an extremely exciting time in New Jersey."
    9 points
  15. i joined this forum when i was fifteen years old. today my wife and i welcomed our first born son, Lucas, into the world. life comes at ya fast
    9 points
  16. Sorry but holy sh!t this is a terrible take. The fact that you put an "LOL" in this reply made my stomach actually fvcking turn. You're talking about a room full of people who knew that their teammate got raped. And instead of doing the right thing, like -- I don't know -- call the motherfvcking police? -- they stayed silent to protect the legacy of winning a shiny trophy. I know that hockey fans and sports fans put winning above all else, and in 99% of cases winning absolutely is the most important thing -- but this is the 1%. Johnathan Toews was the captain of that team. He knew that a teammate was raped. He let his teammates make fun of him for it. You're really going to call him non-essential? So you're saying that maybe the Blackhawks would've rushed to his defense if Kyle Beach was more talented at hockey? Playing hockey is a meritocracy, sure. Your basic rights as a human being are not.
    9 points
  17. Kind of an interesting Lundqvist anecdote I may have shared on this forum before, but I'll share it again. I'm an architect, and when I was working in Manhattan we were hired to re-do the Lundqvist's kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom. We're a few weeks into the project and I'm at the Lundqvist's house working with Therese (his wife) on some cabinetry layouts and going over backsplash samples. I had still never met Henrik, but I was excited to -- even though I hate the Rangers, it's always cool to meet a pro hockey player, especially one like Henrik. So we're working away and she says that she doesn't want to make an autonomous decision, and asks if I could hang out for 15 minutes because he was on his way back in from a workout. Sure, no problem. 15 minutes later he walks in drenched in sweat and gives me a kind of "hey, one second" point. No problem, he's the client. He walks over to the sink and is just GUZZLING down water, making these hideously awful gulping noises. Water was literally getting everywhere. At one point, he starts using his hands to scoop the water into his mouth. He's drenched at this point and Therese is totally un-phased. Finally he stops, looks at my (obviously confused?) face and says "Oh, I'm sorry. I'm just thirsty, and I don't have any cups."
    9 points
  18. Some happy stuff After almost ten years of living together, changing citizenship, changing places of residence, changing cities and jobs, me and my wife have officially registered our marriage.
    9 points
  19. The season is done This ending can’t be worse than That of Game of Thrones.
    9 points
  20. The return of our Swiss savior. Lose every other game left this year and I don't really give a sh!t -- just win these 4 games. LGD!
    9 points
  21. Subban is quietly having a nice bounce back season. He’s obviously not ever going to get back to Norris Trophy winner form, but he’s having more good games than bad this year, imo.
    9 points
  22. So maybe we don’t need to run Blackwood into the ground and can give Wedge a few more starts. He was fantastic.
    9 points
  23. Left at 4-1, simply couldn’t take it anymore and knew that they were toast. It was weird at first (and a little depressing), but the cardboard cutouts do help the seats feel more populated. The tarps do take you out of things just a little. Food choices are very limited, and the quality is definitely diminished. Not sure if we’ll go again, but my issue is really the on-ice product at the moment. They’re quickly becoming an infuriating and unwatchable bunch. Palms is still getting his share of good chances, but the real problem I see with him at the moment is that he’s really become a serious momentum killer. It’s either a bad penalty, a bad pass...but he just has a way of making a mistake that knocks over the dominos that eventually lead to a goal against. The chances he’s getting will eventually go in, but for now, I can understand why fans are frustrated with him. Sometimes it feels like this organization has really become a little too comfortable with losing and waiting until next year. Probably just my anger talking.
    9 points
  24. While we’re at it, can Marty work with Blackwood on his rebound control? Much more productive use of his time than designing terrible jerseys.
    8 points
  25. Well. I guess it’s time to … *puts on sunglasses* … get kraken.
    8 points
  26. I like you and I always have, but I think this is a bad take. I'm an empath by nature but I have a total absence of empathy towards anyone and everyone who does not get this shot. What's the "bullsh!t" that's "being fed" to these morons? "Every single fvcking doctor says you should take this vaccine"? "Every single alt-right psychopath in government you worship has already gotten this vaccine?" Show me pro-vaccine rhetoric that you classify as bullsh!t and then I'll go ahead and try to side with these poor, scared individuals who just wanna not be bullied awwww. You're terrified of signing an emergency waiver? Hope you don't go to fvcking disney world, dog. Read that ticket, if you fly off of space mountain they've got themselves covered. Oopsies happen, that doesn't mean you shouldn't be doing your fvcking DUTY TO SOCIETY in getting the vaccine and keeping yourself and others safe. Gambling on your health and the health of those around you because you "don't know what's in the vaccine hurrrrrrrr de durrrr" makes my goddamned blood boil. A cousin of my coworker is a tragic example of that. She was pregnant. She read online that 8 miscarriages happen every year because of a fender-bender causing a strong tightening of the seatbelt during a collision, causing fetal termination. Horrible. So, she decided she wouldn't wear a seatbelt any more so that wouldn't happen! She died after a three-car collision that ejected her through the windsheild of her car. Nobody else on the scene even needed medical attention. Some people go so far to make these decisions that they assume are better for themselves that they don't listen to the thousands of healthcare professionals telling them just exactly HOW to make smarter choices. You've gotta spare me the sanctimonious "be kind to these people!!!!!! they're scared of you!!!" nonsense. They're active detriments to society, and several months worth of "just get the vaccine. it keeps you and those around you safe" OBVIOUSLY didn't get the point through to them. In 5 weeks my wife will be giving birth to my first child, a little boy named Lucas. I have not been allowed to be involved in any step of the process. Appointments? Mom only. First heartbeat? Mom only. Gender reveal? Mom only. First imaging? Mom only. to make it even better, I was just told last week that -- due to the obscene number of outbreaks in my state --I will not be able to be in the hospital. While the biggest moment of my life happens, I will be outside in the parking lot like I'm tailgating a fvckin football game. Do you know who's fault that is? I do. And they can go fvck themselves.
    8 points
  27. Sounds like he’ll work in player development. https://theathletic.com/news/travis-zajac-retires-with-devils-after-15-seasons-joins-team-as-consultant/HQbnbgYIIpT4
    8 points
  28. Finally got around to listening to the Daneyko spittin chiclets interview and my god, you should all go listen. He is a wind up toy with talking though. Usually the hosts ask several questions and steer the interview. He just talked uninterrupted for like 2 hours. Went all over the place with his stories. My biggest takeaway is that I’ll be way easier on him with how he commentates. Because, holy sh!t guys, there is not a single person on this planet who likes the Devils more than Dano. He is just so, so, so endlessly proud to represent our organization. It’s beautiful to hear.
    8 points
  29. 8 points
  30. I don't know about you guys, but it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside knowing the Wild accomplished exactly fvck-all after spending all that money on those two guys.
    8 points
  31. Look at Bastian blocking a shot, clearly being hurt, and then blocking another one, down by 2 with 3 minutes left in a meaningless final game. Good job Nathan. That’s hockey.
    8 points
  32. This is fun. How can I sum up a season in a haiku? Jack looked way better Pavel Zacha screwed me bad Johnsson blew a goat LGD
    8 points
  33. I just looked it up and Rango started this season on Sept 5th with Minsk, played 34 games (17g for 25pts), joined the Devils, got COVID, and turned it up during an insanely compressed schedule. Calder aside, that's pretty fvcking cool.
    8 points
  34. For all who missed the game. Holtz is very dangerous in his little and big things. He is definitely need in good two way center and good clutcher\rebounder. btw Thompson looks impressive, but he has a lot to work on.
    8 points
  35. Transcript of Holtz and Bratt’s conversation:
    8 points
  36. I wouldn't say we were within inches of winning yesterday, but maybe we were within a...Foote DM, if you need to ban me for that one, I understand
    8 points
  37. If Sami scores today then we know annoying Amanda during practice is good luck
    8 points
  38. I’m a 45 year old architect and own a small commercial firm in the northern suburbs of Philadelphia. I grew up in Wayne NJ but came to Philly for college and have been here ever since. I was a goalie for about 30 of those years but repeated groin injuries and Father Time forced me to convert to a beer league guilt-free defenseman that constantly pinches at ill-advised times. When I was very young I gravitated to the Nordiques, mostly for the uniforms. My Grandmother had corporate season tickets for the Devils and we went to a few games a year. I eventually made the full switch to the Devs when my Dad and I went to all off the home playoff games in the ’88 run to the conference finals. They’ve been my first love in sports ever since. The only other sport/team I really follow with any type of passion is the Miami Hurricanes and all things college football. I became a fan watching them upset Nebraska in the ’84 Orange Bowl (I was asleep for the good parts) and then my Dad solidified it by taking me to the kickoff classic a year or two later where they beat Bo Jackson’s Auburn team at Giants Stadium. Since I went to a college with no football, I stayed with UM and I typically catch one game a year in person (typically an away game). As for personal life, my wife and I have a 1 year old son born 2/16/20. After years of frustration and then 3 years on the adoption waiting list, we were contacted on the 18th of last year that we were picked for an emergency placement and were told to be at the hospital 18 hours later. One year ago today was the best day of my life as we met our son for the first time. Rumor has it, Grandpa will be bringing him his first Devils jersey as a present but as a precaution for his visit, I went for a test on Wednesday and it came back positive for Covid. Thankfully we all seem to be asymptomatic in my house so the mini Zacha jersey will just have to wait another 8 days or so!
    8 points
  39. My wife was tuning in and out, loves Bryce Salvador and just heard Erica say “we’ll hear from Blackie next” and had no idea that was Blackwood’s nickname. She was like “what the FVCK did this slut just call Bryce Salvador?!?”
    8 points
  40. I actually met the owner of that restaurant! haha
    8 points
  41. I mean, a GDT full of memes? How can you not like that?? Let's beat these fvcking guys. Let's do it hard. Let's shut out Kakko and that new French sounding guy with the girl's first name. And let's light up the Sh!tstork like a fvcking Christmas tree. And let Kyle Palmieri wake up. LGD
    8 points
  42. My reactions scared the c**p out of my wife. What an ending!
    8 points
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