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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. 13 points
  3. i may be wrong but this is how i interpreted it personally... gotta be honest. it sounds crazy but it might work
    13 points
  4. For far too long I thought the lyric to that song was "I ain't no hollow black girl" and was like "how is Gwen not getting pulled up on this?"
    11 points
  5. The organisationis going to massively regret this trade. You all seem to have such short term memories, and have completely skipped over how vital Ty Smith is to the Devil's. He is the sole reason Jack Hughes did not die of malnourishment for the last two seasons. If Ty isn't there with instructions for broccoli or how to grill chicken our franchise player is probably curled up in a corner eating pocket lint. Have some respect.
    10 points
  6. And apparently one of THE WORST fans to boot...
    10 points
  7. “wE WoNT sEE hIM fOr THreE yEArs!!!”
    10 points
  8. This pick is endorsed by Satan. We must be on the right track.
    10 points
  9. I really like how he seems to love it here. Great job!
    10 points
  10. Adorable, glad you are raising him right (hating the Rangers). If we are going to annoy the childless with photos of kids (some of ‘em hate that), here’s my little girl (5’8”) on the night of the theater awards for the local Catholic schools. She was nominated for Outstanding Featured Actress, but did not win. BUT, the school won best choreography, production number, choir, best supporting actor, best lead actress, and most importantly, Best musical and the $5,000 prize that comes with it. First school ever to win 6 awards in one year, and first time her school won best musical. After losing, she stepped out, front and center, and led her squad through her solo part of the show. I have a lot of respect for these kids for doing that, I was a musician and have been on stages but this stuff is totally different. That’s her in the green, front and center. Postscript: the assistant director of the show with the actress that beat her for Featured Actress came up to her after the show and said even though the winner was her student, my daughter got robbed. Agreed.
    9 points
  11. The Rangers: Played a third string goalie for almost the entirety of the first round. Injured one of the best players in the world, causing him to miss half of the first round. Still needed overtime in 7 games to advance. Played 2nd and 3rd string goalies in the second round. Scored on nearly half of their powerplay attempts in the second round, of which there were plenty. Injured (seemingly deliberately) Carolina's top-line winger in the first shift of game 7 in the second round. Played the Lightning without their sensational point-per-game winger with incredible playoff pedigree. Played the entirety of the playoffs without missing a single player due to suspension, despite knocking out 4 (!!) opponents for at least a game. Took a 2-0 lead in game three of the eastern conference finals. The Rangers then proceeded to: Lose 4 consecutive games, unable to even scrape a game-7 out of the series. Score a grand total of one (ONE!) 5v5 goal in the remaining 215 minutes of play in the series. Injure a few more players with headshots because why not. Make a complete and total mockery of themselves with a fan nearly killing an opposing fan in the sewers of the garden. Remind everyone that they have one stanley cup since polio. And now my watch is ended.
    9 points
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. I kinda wish they’d have let Ruff choose his own coaching staff instead of saddling him with these guys.
    9 points
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. = If (AND (poster= “SD”, subject = “Lou”, ”Subban”, “2015”) “ignore”)
    8 points
  19. Contract is well structured No NMC or NTC at any point in the deal. If we want to buy him out after 3 years, the cap hits are as follows: 25-26: $3,533,333 26-27: $2,533,333 27-28: $1,483,333 28-29: $1,483,333 If we want to buy him out after 4 years, the cap hits are as follows: 26-27: $2,700,000 27-28: $1,650,000 So at least it’s manageable if we need to move him or buy him out. On average that’s how much we’ve been paying schneider’s buyout for the last 2 seasons. Can everyone shut the literal fvck up now?
    8 points
  20. I doubt he turns it around since he has mainly played with a permanently torn motivator cuff
    8 points
  21. Like many of us, I was hoping for Slaf, but was still excited about Wright at #2 if Slaf went 1OA. Crazy that Wright was not first on at least 3 teams' lists, and probably not even second on some of those too. Anyway, regarding Nemec, there are a lot of things I really like about this pick. Great posts by @MB3in this thread, but to add to those: First, I think he's arguably the only player in the top 5-6 picks without any red flags. Slaf didn't produce very well for a first overall pick. Same with Cooley, who didn't exactly separate himself from his teammates in a much weaker league. Wright wasn't dominant in a season he really should have been. And Gauthier might have been a reach given his good but not great production. Nemec on the other hand passes both the eye test and the stats test. He really did have an excellent season. And if you remember when we were following Slaf at the world championships, when he was on pace to break Laine's points record...Nemec also consistently made the list of top scoring players in their draft year at the WC (of all time) - and as a defenseman! That's pretty impressive. He has not only produced, but distinguished himself as a top player, at every level. I mean... 17 points in 19 playoff games in the top Slovakian league this season? That's nuts, and good for second on the team in points. The other thing that I find encouraging about this pick, is I really feel like it is a BPA pick. Nemec does not exactly fill a team need. Sure, he plays RD, which is an organizational weakness. But Nemec will be coming into an organization with Dougie Hamilton and Luke Hughes, players who share similar strengths to Nemec. He will be competing for top minutes and PP time with both of these players. I think Jiricek fits into the team needs a bit more (especially with Fitz's emphasis on big defensemen), and the fact that they went with Nemec shows that they must have really liked him as a player, separate from what the team is lacking. I also think he's closer to being NHL ready than many people think. He mentioned wanting to come to North America for the upcoming season. If that means AHL, it'll be awesome to watch him in the Utica games. Between him, Mukhamadullin, and Stillman, it'll look like another good season for them. He definitely has some aspects of his game that could use some strengthening, We got a good one, get hyped.
    8 points
  22. I still get goosebumps watching this. I love this particular clip as it's 2 minutes long. In it you get to appreciate the mastery of Doc not only with the original call on the goal but also the genius of letting the moment speak for itself. From 18 second in to 1 minute 38 you just have the moment and it's perfect. The flip side of seeing this is realising it's been 10 years without to many more meaningful moments outside the Hall season. I literally crave nights like this again. Watching the playoffs this year and seeing the emotion hits home even more.
    8 points
  23. Two best parts of this win: 1. Shesterkin getting pulled 2. Dominating them days after they "built a Cup contender" at the deadline The awesome showing from our core players wasn't so bad either.
    8 points
  24. 8 points
  25. 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
  26. Well. I guess it’s time to … *puts on sunglasses* … get kraken.
    8 points
  27. I have not been so hyped about a Devils team in ten years. Really trying to keep realistic expectations, but there is so much to love about the way this team is looking. I think there's almost no chance that Dawson Mercer starts the season anywhere but NJ. He has looked better than most of his peers at every level, and preseason games against NHL players have been no exception. If the Devils are fortunate enough to win a Cup in the next 10 years, Dawson Mercer is the guy to win the Conn Smythe. Holtz has exceeded expectations too. His hockey IQ has been on full display in these preseason games. I think he needs to get a bit faster and stronger, and he'll be the perfect winger for Hughes. Looking like it will turn out to be an excellent 2020 draft. Hamilton looks as good as advertised. He's the top defenseman that this team has been lacking for over a decade. And I really like how he seems so connected with the team already, and particularly the young players. He is on board for this team's journey, and he'll be a great leader/locker room guy. Similarly, I think Ryan Graves will find his role as a highly effective shutdown defenseman. It'll turn out to be a good trade for the Devils. There are a handful of prospects who, not too long ago, each would have looked like our top prospect fighting for a spot. All of Foote, Clarke, Thompson, and Okhotiuk have made strong cases for themselves and will be hard to cut from the team. Thompson, especially, showed what kind of NHL future he has ahead of him. Honestly, a line of Foote-Thompson-Holtz in the AHL for a year wouldn't be the worst thing. Bernier's excellent performance against the Rangers shows he could be a 1B. Sharagovich and McLeod look like they have each taken a big step forward. Outside the NHL, I'm only hearing/seeing great things about Luke Hughes and Mukhamadullin. The future of this team is in really great shape. And probably most importantly, Jack Hughes is looking like an absolute superstar out there. I get that it is preseason, but he often looks a cut above literally everyone else on the ice. He made an impact on nearly every play. With all the talent above (and players like Tatar, Bratt, Hischier, Zacha, Smith, and Kuokkanen who we can expect to contribute offensively), he's finally in a spot where he can truly flourish. I think we'll see the Jack Hughes we were expecting when he was drafted. The only things that haven't been so positive are Blackwood's situation and Johnsson still looking like the same old Johnsson to me. Hopefully Zacha moves back to the LW too. When I think about what made the Devils a bad team last season, several things come to mind. One is there was no hope for a win when Blackwood was out. This will no longer be an issue (unless Blackwood's situation goes south) now that Bernier is in the mix. Another reason was how badly the team was hit by COVID-19. Dallas was another team that got hit badly - a team that made the Stanley Cup finals the year prior, but then couldn't even beat out the Preds for a playoff spot the following year. This will not be an issue this time around. The team was young and inexperienced last season, depending heavily on these same young players for production. With everyone being a year older, and bringing in veterans with a good track record, I don't think inexperience will be a weakness for the upcoming season. The team's defense was another big problem last season. Kulikov was one of the best defensemen we had. With the addition of Graves and Hamilton (basically a top pair itself), there's really only one wildcard (Siegenthaler), who already looks like he's better than last season. The rest of the defense is looking pretty solid. Lastly, our team captain and arguably top offensive contributor spent so much time out of the lineup. A healthy Nico will make a big difference. With all of these problems addressed this offseason, I don't think being a playoffs bubble team is that far out of the question. LGD!
    8 points
  28. So far this offseason, Fitz has: drafted a defenseman with Adam Fox-like upside traded Zacha (who had no future with this team) for a serviceable 3C (position of need) traded Smith for a more mobile and better shut down defenseman in Marino, who also gives the team excellent RD depth hired Ruff's successor as associate coach, who should be a great replacement signed Palat, who not only brings playoffs experience, but is exactly the type of player this team has been lacking in the top 6 improved the goaltending situation from being in the basement to at least league average "Failure Fitz" is building a playoffs team. All that's left to do is lock Bratt up long term, and try to find a way to ship out Johnsson and/or Tatar, and we will be in good shape. But I think ultimately, theey probably give Tatar another shot. Palat-Hughes-Sharangovich Bratt-Hischier-Mercer Tatar-Haula-Holtz/Zetterlund Wood-Boqvist-Bastian Siegenthaler-Hamilton Graves-Severson Okhotiuk-Marino Blackwood/Vanecek extras: McLeod, Johnsson, Smith Third line could be a little shaky, but I honestly don't feel bad about that going into the season.
    7 points
  29. Could have been Nolan Patrick too. Get a grip.
    7 points
  30. time for the biannual bump. any of our new members want to share? anyone previously too shy to post a photo want to show off? i’ll post a new photo — everyone meet Lucas. he takes massive smelly poops and absolutely hates the rangers.
    7 points
  31. Gonna take the opportunity to brag about my kid here, she was just nominated for the local Catholic school version of the Tony Awards, which I’m told is quite a feat as a freshman. Guessing she will be really excited. I don’t know because, of course, she’s in rehearsal for another show right now. That’s how these things happen.
    7 points
  32. I like how on desktop it still says "suspended" under MB3 lol we should keep that forever
    7 points
  33. Actually ridiculously psyched to watch this one. So many interesting storylines to follow: 1. The Devils have gone 0-4-1 in their last 5 games where Amanda hasn’t posted a photo of her shoes. No shoe photo yet today, something to watch as we get closer to puck-drop. 2. Will Damon Severson be 2016 edition or 2022 edition? I think we see the former, tonight — 2016 Severson is a mildly offensively talented RHD with a decent shot and atrocious decisionmaking. Contrast that with 2022 Damon — a mildly offensively talented RHD with a decent shot and atrocious decisionmaking — and it’ll be an incredible storyline to follow. 3. Erika: what that thang do? 4. Bryce Salvador’s intermission reports have gotten amazing lately. Whereas last year he’d say “stop it right there” while babbling nonsense and sugar-coating our unlovable losers, this year he says “wait! stop it right there”. The new wrinkle is something to keep an eye on and I’m dialed in. 5. What if I died in 2012 after Henrique’s goal went in and this has all been my own true personal hell ever since? Is life as a sports fan continuous agony created by my maker to punish me for all of my sins in the past life? Anyway! That’s what I’ll be looking out for tonight. What are you guys most interested in?
    7 points
  34. Did anyone else see McLeod literally say "thank you" to Jack Love it
    7 points
  35. Start with the bad: Jesper Bratt. Just, that’s it, jesper bratt. He made a nice play on the tying goal but until that point he was the sole solitary reason the Devils didn’t blow the Wild out of the building. On the 5-on-3, he made 6 passes. You can go back and check, the number was 6. 1 of them was to Dougie Hamilton. The other FIVE PASSES were those “this has to be a goal” passes; the wild left Zacha short side alone and five CONSECUTIVE times Jesper Bratt fired a pass at his feet or at his off-side. That was an inexcusably bad execution and lends more and more affirmation to the fact that you can blame the coaches for as much as you want, but when the players don’t execute it means nada. PK Subban is stupendously slow. He had a fine game but I’m 80% sure I could beat him off the line. McLeod and Kuokkonen are seemingly avoiding Ruff’s doghouse, but they are useless hockey players making useless plays. Every time the Devils were buried in their own zone, one (or both) of these bozos were on the ice. When is Tatar going to make his season debut? Excited to see him out there. Officiating seems anecdotally like the refs have money on the team facing the devils every night. I’m sure all fans feel that way about their team, but the 2nd period tonight was horrendous. The Devils DOMINATED the ice from wire to wire in that period but Minnesota got the calls. Several missed penalties on Minnesota, and some ticky tack nonsense on NJ. Figure your sh!t out, NHL. the good; Dawson Mercer, Dawson Mercer, Dawson my fvcking God Mercer. I don’t know how to describe him as a player. I see a little bit of a young Panarin in his play making abilities. I see a lot of a young Elias in his ability to be smart in his own end and creative in the o-zone. Gun to my head if I have to make a comparison? Brad Marchand if Marchand didn’t have CTE spilling out of his nose twice a week at dinner. His 200-foot game is astounding for a player of his age. He’s the energizer bunny, he’s capable of playing every single role, he’s got great hands and there is a negative chance anyone will outwork him or outhustle him. I’m getting a jersey. Nico had his best game of the year by far. He’s been getting into the mix a little bit lately and I love it. That’s what you want to see. Pavel Zacha shoot hockey puck hard and fast and make me go weee. Dougie and Gravy continue to impress. What a difference they make. Last comment: if you were in the building tonight I owe you a beer. What an atmosphere, especially for a wednesday (yeah i know tomorrow is thanksgiving). Playoff atmosphere from the puck drop. “Let’s go Devils” chants when the team needed them, down 2-0. The “casual” (more casual than us fvckin losers) fans are starting to fall in love with this team and it’s about to be a beautiful marriage. Meh, fine, one more comment: the Devils win 2 playoff series next year. They’re at the foot of the oven, just need a little more salt and pepper and they’ll be ready. This season isn’t over and I really think they’ve got a great chance at some playoff hockey this year, but this off-season will be one that dictates the future of the team. Lots of moves to be made.
    7 points
  36. What a game. From this is a bust to the best win of this season to date. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. Remember, be kind to all animals as well as the family and friends.
    7 points
  37. Having "Jersey" written on a jersey is kind of like this.
    7 points
  38. Can we appreciate for a second that our Blackwood and Bernier tandem looks to be amongst the league’s best
    7 points
  39. Nothing to see here, just the Devils beating the two current SCF favorites from the Eastern Conference in back to back games outscoring them 11-3.
    7 points
  40. Nico will be fine. Can we just enjoy the team’s decent start without constantly complaining about SOMETHING?
    7 points
  41. Couldn’t have said it any better. fvck you Toews. We already knew Kane was trash but congrats on joining him, loser.
    7 points
  42. Me watching that goal again this morning In other Hughes news, Luke scored his first college goal last night
    7 points
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