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  1. Even though he wasn't the player we hoped we'd acquire and we weren't the team he hoped he was joining, I will look back on his time in NJ fondly. Great teammate, great member of the community, great mentor for Jack, and unbelievable content provider for NJDevs.com. See ya in the booth, Subbie!!
    6 points
  2. Don’t you jerks go and start getting me excited for this season… Im loving how this line has been so far.
    5 points
  3. Didn't catch the whole scrimmage, but that Palat-Hughes-Holtz line could be something special. Holtz had 2 goals, the second of which was him just finding a way to get open as Hughes was attracting all the attention of the defense. Nemec looked good. He had that nice assist posted earlier, and also set up a goal scored by (I think) Haula off a rebound from his point shot. Nemec isn't exactly flashy in the conventional way, by holding onto the puck for a while or skating circles around players, but he does make some nifty moves pretty often. It just comes off so controlled and composed. Dougie and Marino both played well. Marino was really shutting guys down, which was good to see. Siegenthaler of course stood out as the best shutdown guy IMO. Wood was really moving out there too. I am surprised he looked ready to play. Brennan will be our top goalie prospect soon IMO.
    5 points
  4. 5 points
  5. i've just been poked in my DMs for being inactive lately lol which is true. So here's a little something slightly hockey related / update and also punk rock related, i believe a few people here are into that. I think i mentioned this before but i'm designing merch for NOFX and Lagwagon, 2 of my all time fav bands and they were both touring in Quebec last week, so i went on a trip to see them in both MTL and Quebec. Got to hangout and catch up a bit with them But the hockey related thing is that NOFX wanted me to design a Montreal exclusive limited edition poster for them. So i decided to do a drunk/high Youppi lol It sold out pretty quick lol I also did the Lagwagon tour poster which was a spoof of the Animal House poster. Got both signed by the bands, good times.
    5 points
  6. I'd stay first step would be.... "time for our little superstars to stay healthy and play an entire season" haha
    4 points
  7. https://www.nhl.com/devils/news/bernier-plays-smith-stands-out-in-first-scrimmage-of-camp--feature/c-335722070?fbclid=IwAR3D8jilnEURTKcPh4fMUmGoumZqVjPtJ0XHEpYIp1cOXb02aLkScksubO8 Really didn’t expect Bernier to be playing already. Looks like he’s still a ways off from being cleared for games but him playing the first scrimmage is encouraging.
    4 points
  8. I’m not ready to say playoffs or bust. The devils are adding 2 MAJOR pieces to the blue line next year. Their “contention window” should start then. This year I just need to see solid improvement across the board. Big steps towards being a competent, middle of the pack NHL team with tremendous future upside.
    4 points
  9. there’s at least one degree of insanity between people memeing about a bizarre mid-season press conference last year and saying “our entire team could die in a bus crash and then we wouldn’t make the playoffs”
    3 points
  10. Hopefully not this year’s “the answer is in the room”. I do think he had a pretty decent off season. A lot was out of his control
    3 points
  11. Bernier is skating. I definitely wasn’t expecting that
    3 points
  12. Jack did a great interview on 32 Thoughts. It's during the "Twelve Carat Rib Injury" episode; starts at 49:00. He talks about his brothers (obviously), makes fun of Zegras for being a NY country club boy. He praises Nico a bunch saying he's underrated because he plays against top lines and it isn't about the numbers for him. Plays through a lot of injuries. He also gets into what part of his game he has been working on the most and he says his shot. References how Matthews has that deadly toe drag snapper so I'm hoping we see Jack blast a few of those this season. In regards to Luke, he mentions that he is still battling the injury but should start skating next week (not sure when this was recorded). Also mentions that he is living by himself this year and is going to bring Luke in next season. Jack is a hype guy by nature but man, after hearing him talk about his brother's potential and having Nemec come in for them to be the 1/2 for a long time, you can't help but get an erection that last longer than 4 hours. https://podcast.sportsnet.ca/32-thoughts/ EDIT: Quinn also does an interview at 33:00. It's cool to hear his perspective on Jack/Luke as well.
    3 points
  13. Without a doubt. Maybe he'll fill in for Erika when she has her baby.
    3 points
  14. On Lindy Ruff: “Our dad taught us to be stand up people. Lindy Ruff’s treated me with the utmost respect so I’m not just going to not tell my feelings. I believe that Lindy Ruff’s a great coach. We failed him last year, for sure. I think it’s only fair he gets another crack at it. Those are my beliefs. I don’t know anything about the team listening to me or what –– but I’m sure it had a little bit of help to do with it –– but I truly believe in Lindy and I think he’s a really good coach still.” “He’s the guy that gave me a chance. I had a terrible rookie year and he gave me a call that summer. He watched my game and he believed in me. Even my second year, he gave me every chance. We have a really good relationship. Last year I was able to have a really good year, but that’s the guy that had my back since he walked into New Jersey.”
    3 points
  15. The practice jerseys have had that RWJ Barnabas ad on them for several years now.
    2 points
  16. I’d absolutely love that but it’s still a young team in a tough division with a lot of questions marks. They very well could but I’m not expecting it. I just want to see improvement and a little fire. Too many times last year we had disinterested players and that’s a terrible thing to see. One of the goalies taking the spot, a healthy Jack, some improvement from the younger players, that’s all the stuff I’m looking for. If things go well I could definitely see them sneaking in a wild card spot.
    2 points
  17. I'm sorry guys. I just think it's time for them to make playoffs. i can't be the only one who thinks this. right?
    2 points
  18. yeah i agree fully. Even if we don't make the playoffs this year i'm fine with it. Not happy with it but as long as we're progressing i'm okay with it. Even if it didn't show in the standings, we're in a wayyyyyyyy better position going forward than we were years ago. It's night and day. The goal is to build a team that can win a cup. Not a team that can lose in the first round every year.
    2 points
  19. Nemec with a nice play and pass
    2 points
  20. It’s time for Jack to show us what he can do with a full season to work with.
    2 points
  21. the three big factors 1, goaltending 2, goaltending 3, goaltending 4. jack staying upright
    2 points
  22. This is pretty fair, really. As much as it's hard to stay patient, not everyone who's supposed to be a part of this thing are here just yet. BUT, they should be pretty consistently competitive this year, and relatively entertaining. As long as the team stays reasonably healthy, I don't think 90 points is out of the realm of possibility...not saying that they're some lock for that, but I could see it happening.
    2 points
  23. Would highly recommend you get one man. Absolutely the best watches I’ve ever owned. My newest acquisition:
    2 points
  24. I like the offseason for the most part and I think Fitz is right. Jack should be stepping up and hopefully avoiding injuries. A tandem of Vanecek and a healthy Blackwood should be solid. Nico, Mercer, Sharangovich, Bratt, all a year older and theoretically better. I like the additions of Marino, Haula, and Palat. Maybe Holtz surprises us, maybe Nemec makes a case for himself. I’m not expecting playoff success but I think this team can sneak in or at least be in the conversation if we don’t go full catastrophic mode like last year. I do think this team makes a little run in the playoffs in the next 2-4 years and that officially ends our time as a league joke and puts us in the young team on the rise conversation.
    2 points
  25. re: Makar, my feelings on that will always be the same...if there was tons of chatter about him being the #1OA going in, and the Flyers pounced on him immediately after the Devils made their "mistake", I could understand when some bitch about how the Devils screwed up the pick. But three other teams passed on him too, and one of them (the Flyers) REALLY saw their selection not work out at all. And it's been mentioned but all anyone really has to do is look at the Devils' center situation at the time to realize how badly they needed to bring a young and potentially very good one in. They needed to find someone to skate on a line with Hall. re: Patrick, yeah, really sucks for him, absolutely feel for him...hope if he still wants to have a future in hockey as a coach or whatever role, that he is able to find that opportunity. Can't imagine how the past few years have been for him.
    2 points
  26. I’m going to go with Nico.
    2 points
  27. Yup. I just don’t know what fans want to hear. Should he say we are going to blow an entire field of goats again? For me, what he says is just about irrelevant. Show us.
    2 points
  28. Dude has a lot of friggin' talent. And gets to do what he loves.
    2 points
  29. I really love the potential of that Palat-Hughes-Holtz line. Palat making room for Jack could work wonders if Holtz can find ways to get open
    2 points
  30. The fact that aside from his ability on faceoffs, he can be replaced with literally anyone makes this an even easier call if he is involved.
    2 points
  31. In the NHL it's standard procedure to give a watch and a steak dinner when you take someone's number. Usually Rolex. Seems way worth it to me.
    2 points
  32. 2 points
  33. Who decides to stop using their organ?? Use it until it stops working!
    2 points
  34. tanked in value because no baseball fan actually considers that a legitimate record any more since he was taking enough steroids to kill a horse when it happened. that’s why Judge’s 62 will be worth such an obscene amount of money. It’ll be the untainted record and it’s hard to imagine it’ll be beat any time soon.
    2 points
  35. Found an season preview article on the PG Cougars published a few days ago that lists Brennan as a key returning player. https://whl.ca/article/2022-23-season-preview-prince-george-cougars So looks like that settles that. His performance was good in the prospect challenge, so maybe we see him come to main training camp.
    2 points
  36. Skeptical of doing that on the event he plays 4 games and blows out a hip lol. True, but Can I be disappointed by Daws if he isn’t playing? Maybe not lol.
    2 points
  37. My guess is that he's going to be getting paid way more as a broadcaster than as a player. And at that point, if you aren't going to go to a contender (I could have seen him being a good fit in Tampa on the 3rd pair), then why bother further fvcking up his back for the rest of his life. Sad to see him go. He always seemed like a great dude to be around and the boys in the locker room sure seemed to like him a lot.
    2 points
  38. I heard he is moving in with @SterioDesign and Lou Lamoriello for a reality show. Congrats to PK on a great career.
    2 points
  39. I don’t really understand what the Stars were thinking, but when a guy demands a trade AWAY from the Rangers, it always makes me happy.
    2 points
  40. Yeah I don’t think starting the year in Utica would be the worst thing for him. It would probably be really good experience to not have to have all that pressure on him. If talks with Severson break down and he’s traded, a spot opens up for Nemec to step in later in the season. And of course… injuries are always a thing. Not much else on the right side other than Walsh after the NHLers
    1 point
  41. Artyom Barabosha, white jersey, #80, Krasnaya Armiya vs SKA-1946, 4 sept 2022, all actions, good and bad. Tough game for defense, but Artyom Barabosha prevented a lot of offensive pressure from SKA-1946. Was on the ice when CSKA missed goals only in PK and it wasn`t his fault. A lot of physicallity, gap control, defensive work by the stick. https://youtu.be/ib79OA8cYs8 https://twitter.com/Guadana5/status/1572721475060367365 Good two periods and very rough third period. Lost his energy and made some mistakes.
    1 point
  42. Thanks man. Looks like I passed it, but still got the scope and stent to be sure. This is the easy part. Going to the doctor and having him pull it out like a rabbit out of a hat will be the tough part. Appreciate the well wishes, I’m home now, going to bed soon and tomorrow I got to work as per usual.
    1 point
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