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  1. Haven't posted on this forum in over 10 years, but live in Boston now and went to the home opener against NJ. Got third row so got to see a lot of action. Some thoughts post game: Coaching - Thought the same thing as everyone else, poor line match ups, poor adjustments during the game. Granted the Bruins have some of the best coaching in the game, but the Devils coaching was horrible. Bad notables: Taylor Hall - Had a couple of good shifts and did some good work in the corners to create some chances in the second period but doesn't look like the player he was two years ago. He was still speedy but didn't look two steps ahead of everyone like he used to. PK Subban - Awful coverage out there and poor effort. The first goal I saw him realize he was not where he should be in his end and the Bruins had a lot of space to make that first goal. Wayne Simmonds - Not at all what the team wants from him. He was a spark plug guy when he was in LA and he put little effort in tonight's game. I saw him give maybe one or two good hits on the fore check but he took much more hits then giving them. Severson - What does this guy do? Absolutely lazy out there and left Schneider to fend for himself when he was out there. Kyle Palmieri - Absolutely useless in offensive zone. Made bad passes and coughed up a number of times. He was Chara's whipping boy tonight. Good notables: Miles Wood - Showed up for tonight's game. Worked really hard and created problems for the Bruins. He did great punishing the Bruins with big hits when they were trying to break out the puck. Even when the Bruins got the puck up the board along the side he was covering, he would still make them pay the toll. Doesn't have good hands though, but he's very strong physically and a decent skater. Cory Schneider - Made some really difficult saves and made good decisions when he had possession of the puck. If it wasn't for him the game would have been a massacre. Other notable: Jack Hughes - Made a couple of nice plays and showed some signs of why he is the #1 overall draft pick, but he's still adjusting to the NHL. He's a small guy physically and the game is much more physical than what he is used to. But on the other end of the ice Marchand has shown that you can still dominate as someone even smaller than Hughes. I think given some time Hughes will be just fine.
  2. I'd love to see Drew Doughty in a Devils jersey. One can only wish.
  3. I like your thinking and your guts. I hate the idea of a tattoo on my arm but if your will to match that pledge and if the Devils make the playoffs I too will get a matching tattoo on my arm and send in pics to this entire forum. I love the Devils, but the thought of getting anything permanent scares me. As a youngster I told my parents I'd never get a piercing or tattoo. But on the other hand I'd give almost anything for the Devils to make it in.
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    KOVI chant

    Maybe Kovy justed needed to be knocked around a bit. I gotta say I really like Kovy when he's pissed off. I really admired the skill tonight of Kovy and Elias working in tandom. I hope they continue to keep those two together.
  5. I don't understand why Maclean hasn't asked for a trade yet, he actually has some talent and should be on a team worthy of winning the Stanley Cup.
  6. While I don't believe that Elias would have consistently put up multiple 100 seasons if he had a chance on a more stacked team, but I do think that if Elias had been paired with an elite center for most of his career he would have broken 100 points at least a couple of times. The knock I have against Elias is that he needs a player to compliment his style for him to thrive. When we had Arnott who was motivated and doing the little things for him, Elias excelled. When Jason Arnott started mailing it in Elias struggled with him. I remember Elias and Gomez took a while to develop chemistry and Gomez also had a lot of inconsistency so that affected Elias's career stats as well. If Elias played next a Sakic, Forsberg, Thorton, etc. for four of five years in his prime, he would have broken 100 points in his career. That is something else I like about Parise over Elias. Parise is willing to make plays and finish them himself and he is just as willing to work with his line mates. Maybe Parise's rookie year where he got stuck on the 3rd and 4th lines forced him to have that mentality.
  7. Honestly at the peak of both of their careers (that is if we consider Parise right now at his peak), I would say Elias was more dangerous then Parise. Elias is still a very good offensive player and Zach is certainly the better player right now, but if you look at some of the old video clips of Elias in his mid twenties skating and dangling the puck, he was at the times the most dangerous winger in the league when he was confident. Elias in his prime was much stronger then Parise and I agree with Devils731 in that Elias has a lot more creativity with the puck. Elias was also a threat to score in many more places on the ice than Parise and defensively Elias also gets the nod. Zach does have the quickness advantage. Zach has such quick feet and hands he drives other teams nuts. I also do believe at the end of both of their careers, Parise's stats will easily eclipse Elias and Parise is more likely to end up in the hall of fame assuming he doesn't suffer some major injury or melt down. I find the comparison between the two players similar to what Penguin fans say about Jagr versus Lemieux. Mario had the better career, but many Penguin fans will tell you that Jagr's best games were better that Lemieux in his prime. I kind of feel that same way between Parise and Elias. When Elias was at his peak and at his best, he was better than Parise is now. However, I do feel that Parise will have the better career because I can't remember that last time Parise had a bad game and he is always hustling and working. Elias was a very streaky player and there were times when you would wonder if he even had any ice time. I also think Elias is a good influence on the young players on the team. Elias is one of the best players at being at the right place at the right time to score a goal. One thing I've noticed about Parise and Brian Gionta during his career year, is that both of them look a lot Elias around the net grabbing those rebounds and getting open. Parise is a much different player now than his rookie year and I think players like Elias have taught him a lot.
  8. I'm actually not really that shocked to hear this. The kid has terrific hand eye coordination so it is no suprise that it translates over to hitting a baseball as well. You'll see a lot of athletes playing other sports for charity and looking like naturals just because of their athletic ability. I remember watching some football player getting a hold of jenny finch fastball on the Jimmy Kimmel show while Jimmy Kimmel himself looked hopeless. Pro Athletes are just super human.
  9. Parise is such a different player these last two years then he was in his rookie season. He reminds me a lot of Joe Sakic on how he is always moving around and finds those open pockets of space to make his plays. I think Maurice got it right by not so much shadowing him and focusing primarily on him, but rather taking away his options and giving him less time. Faster mobile defensemen are actually better suited for handling Parise then slow physical defensemen.
  10. I can't imagine what its like to be a fan against the Devils in the playoffs. I'd be scared every time I saw Parise on the ice. His ability to find open ice and always be around rebounds is scary. He has the best instincts of any forward I've ever seen play for the Devils.
  11. Went to the ducks game tonight despite being a fan of neither. One of the most intense games I've seen in a while.
  12. Point production aside, another debate I'd like is who would you rather have on your team? Assuming of course this is Parises's career year. Its a hard choice, but I'd take Elias as he was 8 years ago in his prime. He was faster then Parise is right now, was much stronger and once of the best stick handlers in the league. Parise definately sees the ice better, has a a much more accurate shot. Its really close but I'd choose Elias simply because of his better size.
  13. Ken Sutton I believe also wore #2.
  14. I got tossed off my bed. I was asleep and laying on the edge of my bed. At first I thought my apartment was getting bulldozed, but it kicked in right away it was an Earthquake. I got to my feet and in my doorway right away and for some reason standing there thinking it was going to get even worse in a second. It was building up more and more and then just it ended. There was maybe like 5/6 seconds of heavy shaking and maybe about 10 - 15 seconds of just a little bit of trembling. That was the first big earthquake I went through since I've lived here for 3 years.
  15. I feel really bad for the passengers. The first news report said the kid let out a scream that nobody will forget when he was being stabbed. Many of them are probably going to need counseling. I just want to know what the hell made the guy want to stab this kid if he isn't just some crazy psycho with no motive.
  16. If Brylin was 2 inches taller and 30 pounds heavier he would have been a dominant NHL player. He did everything right. He was as good as anyone on the A-line at cycling the puck down low, was a fluid skater with great speed in his youth and had a terrific pair of hands. I really liked watching him and Mogilny play with one another. I also bet if he played his career in Europe he would have lit it up over there. It is sad at how the business is, but his time is done and the Devils got everything from him. He also got everything from the Devils. Not many players get to hang up the skates with three stanley cup rings. He is a winner.
  17. I actually don't know if I would put Carlin hard core left. Then again I you never really know anyones personal political beliefs like Carlin as he could have been much different from his stage personality. But for his stand up a lot of his ideas certainly fall into hard core left beliefs, but he blasted special interest groups on both sides of the political spectrum. He pretty much just hammered whoever he wanted to. One minute he would be blasting liberal interest groups, then 5 minutes later go after churches. He generally hated anyone who forced their interests and views on other people and of course he loathed hypocrisy which political interests group are full of.
  18. My favorite comedian of all time, I would always play his comedy in the background of my dorm in college when I was studying for finals. No matter how many times I re-listened to his stuff over and over again it was still enough to get me laughing. His work in the 70s was the most creative and genius of any comedian I've ever heard. Even when he changed his style in the 80s to be be more bitter and blunt he was still funn y, but I agree he did lose that edge. He also happened to be doing massive drugs in the 70s and giving that up and losing some creativity was a better choice for him. Even with that his HBO special in 96 was still one of the funniest hours I've ever heard. From then on out he just had his moments but George has a legacy where you could argue he was the funniest comedian of all time. I was lucky to see him in Las Vegas 3 years ago and I could tell his health was failing then. He looked 15 years older then his age and his voice was so hoarse in the beginning of the show that it took about 5-10 minutes for him to even be able to understand him. But I was thrilled that I got to see him live.
  19. I'm really jealous, I didn't get to go to the Rock this year. Both times I was in New Jersey this year for a stop over the Devils were on the road. Next year I'm going to get on a plane for the 6 hours and take three days of work if I have to just to see one game in the new building. My favorite memory this year? Watching the team annihilate the Hurricanes and Flyers. I expect Parise and Oduya to turn it up another notch next season.
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    Colin White

    White has the hardest job on the team. The reason why we see him standing on the ice when the other team scores a goal so much is because he is going up against the best the other team has to offer and there is only so much we can get out of White. I think having Scott Stevens, Neidermayer and Daneyko has spoiled us.
  21. Martin's stats don't tell how good he's been offensively this year. Pretty much all of his hard work to move to puck up doesn't get cashed in like it would on most teams. He should have a lot more assists. Martin sees the ice much better then any other defenseman on this team and he's absolutely solid on defense. He's come a very long way in 4 or so seasons. That said we do need a number one defensemen on this team. However there are none that are on the market that are of the type we need this summer.
  22. The food supply in this country is not fixed. We have so much spare resources and such great land in this country we will always be a super power. If anything this will create more jobs and help out farmers. The countries that do have problems with agricultural resources that can be effected by this don't have the technology and money to put ethanol cars on the road. Actually, I am against using ethanol but for a different reasons. Studies have shown that ethanol isn't that much greener then using oil once you consider the harvesting needing for it and what it puts out as for exhaust. But then again any way to take power away from the oil companies is a start.
  23. If anything the problems we are having with this team is Lou being too successful of a GM to get the most of out what he has . Every year we are losing major players and yet the team just keeps on climbing into the playoffs. This kills our drafting position and drafting has changed a lot since the early to mid nineties. We are seeing way less mid to late round sleepers and nearly all drafted players that have the potential to be a superstar or front line players are usually gone by the 25th pick. The Devils because they always finish high in the standings are usually left to pick players who should be able to make the NHL but whether or not they can be a high caliber player is always a big question. Teams are now much better at doing their homework on prospects and scouts like Conte have shown the league on what to look for when drafting players and other teams have learned. The Devils don't seem to know something other teams do at draft day like they did 10 years ago. Also in regards to Lou not finding free agents, I hate how everything feels that if they were the GM they could just go out and get anyone to play for the Devils. Too many people play EA Sports or EHM and get the wrong idea about free agency and lets be realistic Lou is competing against 30+ GMs on July 1st. There are 30 teams all inquiring about big free agents on July 1 and about 11-12 are making serious bids for them with offers so high that what they get from the player is never worth what they paid for. Big free agent signings have been a joke the last 10 years and few teams have really benefited from signing big stars. We should be glad Lou hasn't made the mistake of paying 8 million a year for a player who has never broke the 100 point mark. Also like Triumph stated teams just don't make big trades anymore. All we see now is role players shuffled around. The only big trade I can think of that didn't happen at the deadline and involve a team rebuilding from giving away a big player was the Heatley for Hossa trade 3 years ago. I for one am glad the Devils are falling in the standings. At this point it is all but assured we have made it into the playoffs and any chance we can make the playoffs and get a pretty draft position is fine by me. I can also list several moves by Lou in the last 5 years that show why he is such a great GM and why deserves to stay as long as he likes.
  24. At least someone from the other team went after little Roy before he made his march out of the rink. What a dick. Raising his arms in the air after he jumped a guy who obviously had no intention of fighing back, then pummeling him was pathetic on the human scale. If he ever makes it out of the kiddies league someday I'm sure he'll get a good straightening out in the adult leagues.
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