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  1. I'll be there too! Meeting a friend or two at American Whiskey, a bar a block south, around 5pm, I'll have my red and green Devils jersey on, swing by!
  2. Seriously! I know only portions of the city are affected, so hopefully they can very publicly give us some assurance that their water service has been tested and is safe.
  3. Just did! Posted from my phone for the first time and I guess that was the default size! Good point and you may be spot-on in some cases; however, I think what the mayor has tried to do for years is deflect it as a building-by-building landlord issue, while as the facts come out and widespread testing is conducted, they're realizing it's also a municipal issue. That's why schools have been serving bottled water for 2+ years, something's up with parts of the main water service. This is 100+ year old infrastructure in a city we sometimes forget has half the population of several whole states in our country.
  4. I’ve posted here for a while and I’m sure some people may think this isn’t Devils related, but I’d like to challenge us as Devils fans that it 100% should be. I respect if mods feel otherwise and want to move this topic. As you may or may not know, for the last 2 years, there have been issues with LEAD in the water coming from Newark’s pipes. The situation got worse about a couple months ago where the levels were identified as being as high as Flint, Michigan’s. Newark is Newark, so the national media largely doesn’t care, and it hasn’t become anywhere near the buzz issue that “Flint!” has. Anyway, I noticed after the recent MTV VMAs in Newark that most Devils fans seemed to be a combination of: 1) entirely unaware of this issue, or even 2) cynical of the protestors who took up the cause outside of our arena that night. I wanted to write this post because I get the feeling the protestors will be outside once the Devils season starts, and the more informed we Devils fans are, I hope the more we can all agree it’s very much justified. Most of us drive in or take the train so we can enjoy our beautiful little slice of Newark for a few hours each game day. We’ve seen businesses flourish and a beautiful new MODERN park get built that we will all get to enjoy soon; and then we walk to Penn Station or the parking lot and go home. All the while, local residents in the nearby area are being told they have dangerous levels of cancer-causing LEAD in their water; unsafe to cook with, dangerous to drink and brush their teeth with. These are largely middle class families like you and me, who pay their taxes, who pay their utility bills, and as these glass buildings and modern parks go up around their neighborhood, they’re being told, “sorry we haven’t replaced the lead cancer-causing water pipes, here’s some rationed bottle water!” When you think about it that way, it’s not hard to put ourselves in their shoes. Please don’t let this devolve into a political debate about which party did what; as a country we’ve slashed infrastructure spending and public works spending in our cities across the board over decades (so we can build highways and bridges and power plants in Iraq and Afghanistan), so which political party runs which city at any given time is largely irrelevant. After all is said and done, these funds need to be obtained from the federal government, so a whole lot of administrations have dropped the ball. [/politics] I’m not asking anyone to give money or volunteer or join the protestors. I just think we as Devils fans should be aware of this rather large issue that’s affecting the community. I’m sure the issue will continue and we may see protestors outside before the home opener, and I ask that we show them small signs of support; a thumbs up or honk as you drive by. The worst thing we can do is bus into the city for our 4 hour escapade to a Devils game once or twice a week and roll our eyes at them, resent them. Imagine how that’d look to these people. These are people whose children are drinking cancer-causing lead water, in a time where we’re debating how hard we want to make it for them to get healthcare when they grow up; you’d fight for your health and your kids too. Given some of the comments I’d seen from Devils fans during and after the VMAs, I feared that resentment or criticism might be the case, so (call me a hippie or whatever) I hoped that maybe better informing ourselves as members of the fanbase that call this city home, we can show up on home opening day and, not only understand where they’re coming from, but also show some level of support, and spread the word around the fanbase so our friends and family who put on the Devils jersey can be seen as allies, and not critics. Here is some more background if you’d like to read up: https://www.wired.com/story/first-flint-now-newark-the-water-crisis-is-far-from-over/
  5. DJ Eco

    2019 Offseason Thread

    If you're not in the area too often for any significant amount of time, I'd say your best bet for some great food and drinks is in the Ironbound 5 minute walk away (yes, it's safe), somewhere like Iberia Peninsula, Fornos of Spain, or one of my favorites, Adega Grill (great bar room too) is where it's at. I also like Portucale for some great Portuguese food (shrimp in garlic sauce, grilled octopus, grilled meat, etc.) which also has a bar and should be open late too. A lot of options around, and in my opinion, really quality options; if you dig Brazilian or general Iberian food, there's really nothing in the Northeast, in my opinion, that beats this slice of Newark. And they all have bars of different sizes and shapes if you're just looking to just hop around and get drinks. Iberia Peninsula has fun little outdoor area if the weather's nice too. That's all in addition to the bars immediately around the arenas too, which should be buzzing after the home opener.
  6. haha true that it's what keeps me coming back here, folks!
  7. What I've seen happen with the Hall situation on the fans' end is the echo chamber effect. Enough people in enough corners of Twitter or Facebook groups are projecting enough anxiety at Hall not re-signing yet (and louder and louder), that people are convincing themselves Hall is expendable and should be traded ASAP. Slow your roll, people, it's still early August. Obviously, some real questions can be asked by November/December if he's not signed yet, but let's get to there first. The amount of people beating the drums for reasons we *should* trade Hall is insufferable. First Hart Trophy winner in a Devils uniform, and one of the best wingers we've ever had (still, despite an injury last season). You trust that our GM will lock it up within the next few months, and if he doesn't, plenty of time to say the sky is falling and talk about trade scenarios; not sure where the absolute URGENCY has come from all of a sudden within the fanbase, other than self-inflicted as a point of stress and paranoia, and lazy/dubious reporting of the trade talks by people on Twitter who in the end don't have a great handle on the talks one way or another, but need to harvest "clicks" to their sites for ad money.
  8. Seriously, I can't believe the center depth they're rolling out at the start of the season. I like Zibanejad, always have, but he's a 2C on a contending team. After that, it's Ryan Strome, and Lias Andersson...
  9. From your lips to god's ears
  10. Ehhh, until a few years ago, the extent of our player content and marketing were long awkward videos of exciting figures like Andy Greene and Bryce Salvador answering questions in a monotone voice about their favorite food and movies and stuff lol Jagr was the only person who made us relevant, and we clung to that. Even Parise was kind of a nerd, and Kovalchuk was just a quiet Russian, we haven't really had a personality in a long time.
  11. Really looking forward to a magnetic person like P.K. making the local sports media take the New Jersey Devils seriously. Just picturing him on local sports radio or some of the nighttime talk shows, and I know he's going to be an amazing ambassador, something we sorely need. Make the Devils cool again!
  12. DJ Eco

    2019 Offseason Thread

    I like Vatanen a lot. I think good teams have a couple dependable d-men like Vatanen that can eat big minutes, I don't think he's as expendable as some people here do.
  13. DJ Eco

    2019 Offseason Thread

    If this is to be believed in any capacity (https://www.hockeyfeed.com/nhl-news/rangers-plan-two-contract-buyouts-because-of-salary-cap-hell?fbclid=IwAR3OwnMW2mNF21MzwsqHepTthVeoACMS1LPifBT5p3E_kpcNdsKD_yF2D-E), it looks like they've run out of their usual luck. I guess their big plan was to deal away Namestikov (although most of the fans kept thinking Kreider would be the piece that needs to move) and probably buy out Smith, but apparently no one wants Namestikov's contract; so the article does make sense, don't know that there's any other way out of this but buying out 2 contracts, and even buying out Shattenkirk's won't help them this year because of the structure of his contract. They're screwed (for now, but you're right, someone always seems to step up and bail them out).
  14. DJ Eco

    2019 Offseason Thread

    Add the Rangers now onto the list of cap-strapped teams. Not sure how they get out of this other than trading away Kreider+, which I honestly think would be a bad move...
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