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  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. 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).
  4. 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...
  5. Pavel Zacha : 10 Taylor Hall : 10 Nico Hischier : 10 Jack Hughes : 11 Kyle Palmieri : 10 Wayne Simmonds : 10 Jesper Bratt : 10 Miles Wood : 10 Travis Zajac : 10 Blake Coleman : 10 P.K. Subban : 10 Damon Severson : 10 Sami Vatanen : 10 Will Butcher : 10 Ty Smith : 11 (+1) Connor Carrick : 10 Mirco Mueller : 8 (-1) Cory Schneider : 10 Mackenzie Blackwood : 11  Jesper Boqvist : 10 Kevin Rooney : 10 John Hayden : 10 Andy Greene : 9
  6. Agree with the ketchup hot take, but I won't even touch the one before that haha
  7. Jim Carrey meets Willem Defoe
  8. Same. I think what we're seeing is that we're now able to be a team that can celebrate a legacy; and a very proud legacy at that. Current and future Hall of Fame players, Stanley Cup winners, record-breakers: we have a stable of these high end talents and careers, all retired now and part of our legacy. It's good to have them around and keep them involved with the team to remind the fans, the prospects, and the media that we are a proud and winning franchise full of history and elite players who loved playing here, and enjoy coming back. Tradition is important to hold onto during transitional times like this, and hopefully gets guys like Jack Hughes, P.K. Subban, Taylor Hall, etc. all itching to write new chapters in our story.
  9. I think Shero's got an umbrella over a few trade scenarios and once one domino drops, we'll have a move to announce. Can't help but think we're right in some weird triangle or hexagon that involves either Gusev, Marner, or Laine, and a few different teams; something's gotta give, and once it does, Shero is probably positioned to pick up the pieces. Just the feeling I get given the almost certainty Devils and NHL social media were hinting at about Devils "not being done", it's like they know one big move or another is going to be made no matter what, just a matter of which one.
  10. SD, I respect that you're a big time Devils fan who doesn't live in the area, and god knows our team could use more of those types of fans (maybe Hughes/PK has helped us in that regard). I admire your passion for the team despite not having that local/personal drive that fuels a lot of our own fandom in the NY metro area. Respect. But on that note, you're also missing a lot of that local/personal drive that fuels a lot of the rivalry in our NY metro area. Not saying it's anything like the hockey-crazy cities of Montreal or Toronto, but being a Devils fan around here opens you up to a good amount of (mostly playful) hostility, especially if you work in New York City like many of us do. It's just a feature of being a hockey fan around here, it'll always be within the prism of the NY/NJ rivalry. Older generations of hockey fans were Rangers fans because the Devils didn't exist yet, slightly younger generations of hockey fans are Rangers fans because their dads were, and the wheels of the rivalry never stop churning because of that; especially with Kakko/Hughes added to the mix. There's really no escaping the Devils-Rangers dynamic, our state is so small that you can't escape it. Some of our parents are Rangers fans, our favorite bars may have Rangers paraphernalia, our coworkers greet us at our desks the day after a signing like Panarin, etc., that type of sh!t. Then sprinkle on top of that every non-hockey fan in the metro area that "roots for New York" and wants to joke around with you for being for New Jersey, because our state is the butt of all kinds of jokes. As you can imagine, it gets annoying, and we go into each season with a chip on our shoulder. Naturally, the fans keep the wheels turning, and I can see how it's seen as really dumb from someone who doesn't live here; I get it. But if you lived here, you'd better understand it, I think that goes without saying.
  11. I remember Kovalchuk being top 5 in points leaguewide and people booing him still, even right into the playoffs, that's more my frame of reference in this case. Devils fans are still largely not used to a BIG name BIG money player on our team like that, and it sets a few screws loose in our fanbase.
  12. I don't know if anyone else has noticed, but it seems like the Devils have a direct pipeline to the NHL and NHL marketing lately. Outside of the Hughes and Subban press, we're the subject of so much NHL marketing and social media presence, it seems to me our marketing department is carrying out a pretty strong vision and the NHL is totally on board with it. And that's in addition to the already very strong content created by the marketing department in the last year or two. A couple months ago, you may remember Taylor Hall gave an interview about how he likes the flair and some of the personalities and marketing that exists in the NBA. The NHL kind of pushed that story a bit, which was interesting, because I saw it as critical of the NHL. Then we draft Hughes and go get P.K. Subban, which is the NHL headquarters in NY's pipe dream, to have figures like that in this market. The amount of press both have gotten since is obviously commensurate with that, just wait til they're in New Jersey, and the NHL offices, all their marketing and PR, all their sponsors and resources, etc. are right across the river. Rangers still have Lundqvist as a brand figure, but not much else (Panarin and Kakko was huge talents, but they aren't the potential media darlings some of our guys are); and in a quick few years, we have Hall, Subban, and soon Hughes that will be captivating the local and national press. Now, that brings us to Monday, free agency day. It came and went, relatively quiet day from us, and yet, NHL is still pushing Devils stories: https://www.nhl.com/news/new-jersey-devils-plan-to-keep-adding-to-revamped-roster/c-308177034?tid=281072352 In a few of these stories, they're just kind of parroting the fact that the Devils aren't done, and we're "still going to make a splash", etc., stuff that seems more like they're passing along Devils intel, rather than just blind speculation. Almost like Shero has a couple deals in place with a few finishing touches, and they're preparing us for it. And then a day after that, you got this article, which takes the cake for me: https://nhl.nbcsports.com/2019/07/03/golden-knights-could-give-up-a-gem-if-they-trade-gusev/ That article kind of paints Vegas into a corner on Gusev and has a closing line like this: "In a bolder league like the NBA, I’d be certain that all of the teams above, and more, were straining to take Gusev off of the Golden Knights’ hands. The risk is just so small compared to potentially significant rewards. I’m not sure if there would be as many suitors in the less-creative, more conservative NHL, but all it takes is one team to trade for Gusev to mean a move happens. The Golden Knights would be wise just to remain Gusev’s team, instead, but we’ll see." ^^ It's almost like we wrote it haha
  13. Yeah, for 6-7 years now, we've had to watch in horror anytime Flyers (or Preds last season) came to The Rock, because Simmonds would cause absolute mayhem in the crease every PP. Year after year, setting up in front of our goalies, and no matter how strong our PK numbers were leaguewide, it never seemed like we had an answer for Simmonds and the Flyers. I don't know the numbers throughout that time, but it seemed like he or his PP units would always score on us. Glad that's other teams' problem now! I'm all for limiting his minutes at 5v5 and giving him PP specialist duties.
  14. The dude is a gem, and so funny, he's totally going to put a lot of butts in the seats. I can already see it now though, one losing streak and that very predictable percentage of toxic NJ fans are going to default to him as an easy scapegoat and trot out the "less social media" nonsense like he's studying for SATs. I'm going to enjoy the ride until then though, he's giving us some entertainment in the offseason and getting me pumped for September!
  15. Absolutely love this deal. Rather $5 million for 1 year than $2 million for 3 years honestly, and I think this has all the chops to potentially be one of the better moves made on July 1 down the road.
  16. Infuriating And they're saying he "left money on the table"
  17. May sound crazy, but it couldn't hurt to reach out directly to Bruins or Devils ticketing office and really plead your case to see if you can get a credit or refund. They definitely don't have to give you a refund, but with the post-draft/post-UFA window beginning, your email may actually reach the right people since they're not bombarded like they are in mid-season and the office is probably slow; and I've found in some instances that companies will help on something harmless like this, to avoid the risk of getting bad social media or w.e. Certainly worth a shot.
  18. So did Nico and he held his own, for the most part, last 2 years. We watch Nico back-check, outmuscle, and strip the puck from much larger opponents 2-3 times a night! It gets said a lot lately, but we truly are in the middle of an era where smaller players can thrive; hope Hughes is the next evidence of that.
  19. Same here. I didn't think Panarin would be a possibility until today. No team has the $11 million in cap it's going to cost to take him; not that I think Shero will offer that much, maybe caps it at $10m. And now he sees a cast of characters like P.K., Hall, Hughes, Nico, Vatanen, and *maybe* we look like an attractive destination?
  20. I also look at all the connections Hughes is able to come to Jersey with. He knows Hynes/Shero from USA Hockey, where he also played with Schneider. He's trained with and spoken to Hall in the last couple years, and is spending this summer in Toronto, where he said he's most likely training with Hall in some capacity as well. He has a 1st overall pick in Nico who's 2 years older and I'm sure will take him under his wing along with Hall. On day 1 of prospect camp, he'll have Patrick Moynihan and Case McCarthy by his side, 2 of his boys from USNTDP. ^ That's a BIG (and crucial) and wide-ranging support system for an 18 year old kid. You'll recall, Shero traded for Mueller a few days before we drafted Nico for another Swiss presence on the team. Even when we took Zacha, we did so knowing we had a pretty wide group of Czechs on the team to make him feel at home. In contrast, Kaapo Kakko comes in having never been to New York before, with no Finnish veteran teammates, no connection to Finland U21/U18, some language (and I'm sure media/confidence) barrier. If I'm the Rangers, I go sign Filppula as a Boyle figure on July 1st, you absolutely can't task Kakko with figuring this all out on his own, he'll be a headcase. Of course his skill could simply shine through and he could prove everything I just said WRONG, but why risk it?
  21. Glad I wasn't the only one thinking this way, and I think this article does a better job of it: https://elitesportsny.com/2019/06/24/weight-of-new-york-rangers-franchise-cannot-be-put-on-kaapo-kakko/ We know how Rangerstown regards its shiny new toys and puts all their hope and dreams into one player to turn it all around for them, it's how the NY sports media conditions people in New York to think.
  22. Not to cheap shot Kaapo Kakko on his language/personality, but I think what I've realized this weekend is that with all this Hughes vs. Kakko hullabaloo, it was never really discussed about Kakko's personal fit in a big market New York City team. He'd actually never been to New York before until Sunday, has kind of removed himself from some of the big media events of the last few months (did not take part in the Combine, is not based in America, so media hits are few and far between). Having seen a few short bits and videos the Rangers have done welcoming him to the city, I wonder if any language barrier or his general (more muted) personality is any indication of him needing some significant time adjusting to a big market team like the Rangers. Sure, we joke around about how they're 3rd/4th fiddle to other sports in the region, but it's still undoubtedly going to be different than what Hughes will have to deal with. And imagine not having been to New York before?! He's just a kid, never played the North American game! Hasn't really had the opportunity to adjust the weather, travel, food, life of this place; and it seems that hasn't been as much of a talking point as I would've thought it'd be. On the flipside, he also seems like the kind of player where none of that could really matter, it's possible he just does what he does and his quality and strengths as a player just speak for themselves. He's been a silent killer over the last year, it's possible he just does the same in the NHL. He just seems more awkward and as not tuned up for media, as any top 1/2 pick I can remember. For the rivalry's sake, I hope both players really come out of the gate and bring NJ/NY hockey discussions back to prominence in this market.
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