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  1. NewarkDevil5

    Harris and Blitzer betting big on Newark

    I just want to say that it's so nice that I don't have to argue this particular subject anymore with the vigor that I did years ago. The arena has brought about enough change among enough people to where even if there are still a lot of people who maintain the old views about Newark, there are people who otherwise would never have had reason to take an interest in this subject that are noticing the changes and willing to comment in the positive. Beware TL:DR ahead: As far as gentrification and displacement is concerned, the only reason that is an issue is because of the flight of middle and upper class families out of urban areas in the first place. As far as Newark being a drain on the rest of the state and Essex County, Newark also takes on an awful lot of NIMBY-type important infrastructure and service to the state and county that, by virtue of the home-rule obsession of this state, people in the rest of the county and state use but don't have to deal with having within their municipal boundaries. The airport, seaport, prisons, rail hubs, government buildings, universities, museums, interstate highways, etc. are all used by everyone throughout the state, but aren't paying taxes to Newark's coffers (yes, I know the PANYNJ paid Newark for the usage of their land and the city used it to pay for the Prudential Center, but the details of that transaction highlight the fact that Newark is actually leveraging one for the good of the region NIMBY to bring in yet another one). In reality, home-rule has redlined cities like Newark on a socio-economic level. It allows the people of the suburbs to simultaneously use all the services housed in those cities and look down their noses at how terribly mismanaged those cities are--all the while not understanding that without those cities and the services they provide, their land values would be considerably lower and their taxes would be considerably higher. By segregating our municipal government boundaries on the basis of land values and trying to perfect the blend of children eligible for the very greatest school district, you're creating a system of enormous imbalances in services and opportunity. Mind you, this isn't on its face a racist issue, but it absolutely can and has manifested itself that way in many instances. Consolidation of municipalities like those that make up Essex County and other very dense areas of the state so that a broader spread of the socio-economic spectrum are all forced to coexist and share both the burdens and the advantages of the services offered by the area is the solution. Essex County was laid out as a single city, not 22. The vast majority of the major roads in the county run into downtown Newark. The county is the 14th densest in the country. It should all be one city.
  2. NewarkDevil5

    2018 Offseason Thread

    What constitutes a career-ending injury? Does a new-found allergy to hockey equipment qualify?
  3. I'm thinking we're not used to much effort being made to keep the farm team competitive under the previous administration of this organization. On a side note, btw, Lou's complete indifference to the farm team seemed to begin midway through his tenure in NJ. It coincides with Conte's inability to spot anyone of relevance in draft years that wasn't a first round layup after he late 90s early 00s. People may not realize or remember, but Albany won the Calder Cup in 1995 the same year the big team won the Stanley Cup and had very competitive teams up until the point of John Madden making the jump to the NHL in 1999-2000. They literally dropped 30 points in the standings that year and have been largely terrible ever since.
  4. NewarkDevil5

    2018 Offseason Thread

    It'd be worth going after a guy who's almost a PPG player 3 seasons into his NHL career.
  5. NewarkDevil5

    What’s your max offer for Tavares

    When you have time, you use it.....
  6. NewarkDevil5

    2018 Offseason Thread

  7. NewarkDevil5

    What’s your max offer for Tavares

    Y'know there were only a couple of them that I ever heard talk like that and it was literally only when they were talking about the Rangers, otherwise they spoke like normal NYC douchebags. I have no idea where it stems from.
  8. NewarkDevil5

    What’s your max offer for Tavares

    What he's making fun of isn't even that the Rangers trot out the bright lights of Broadway nonsense. Lots of teams have an equivalent sales speech, although obviously New York City is the largest city in the NHL. What he's making fun of is the stupid way Ranger fans talk. Hence the "Bright lights, brah!" "World's Most Famous Arena, brah!" It's also the general certainty that Rangers fans have that it will work on every single UFA because for the most part that is how their team has operated every single off-season. It's almost a sense of "We deserve every free agent because we're the New York City team." At the end of the day, Sterio, the vast majority of Devils fans (particularly ones who actually grew up in the Tri-State area) will exude seething hatred towards Rangers fans in a way that few other fans of other teams will understand. If you can't understand it because you're not from the area, it will save you needless arguing to stop bothering to psychoanalyze or debate it. I'll explain in brief. We make fun of Rangers fans as a non-violent way of discharging anger built up from years of verbal harassment and abuse by them in our schools, places of business, arena, hockey rinks, etc. To be clear, Devils fans endured better than a full decade of derision during the 80s and really on up until the year 2000. Even when we won the Cup in 1995 it was termed "half a Cup" and the fact that we missed the playoffs the next year and lost to the Rangers in the playoffs the year after that was brutal. Then every first round exit was a source of derision even when the Rangers themselves weren't making the playoffs. Rangers fans don't need a successful team to be douchebags. They can miss the playoffs and still carry their superiority complex with them through it. Then this latest period of Devils basement-dwelling and the Rangers having their share of success has ripped open all the wounds that the early 2000s had mostly closed (although even during the early 2000s the Rangers fan line was "Is your team moving to Portland yet?"). In short, we have most of us endured our fair share of abuse.
  9. NewarkDevil5

    What’s your max offer for Tavares

    If playing for a coach that's fun to play for is important to Tavares then perhaps Hall loving to play for Hynes will be a selling point to Tavares.....
  10. NewarkDevil5

    Andrew Gross leaving beat?

    Really? I'd have thought you'd have gone with Brown Crease......
  11. NewarkDevil5

    Devils announce Hall, Schneider, Maroon all underwent surgery

    Somehow I must've started counting with June. But how much more so that it's not that big of a deal. To miss the first two weeks of the season is meaningless.
  12. NewarkDevil5

    Devils announce Hall, Schneider, Maroon all underwent surgery

    5 months means he'll be out until what, November? He'll be coming in right around Thanksgiving, sounds like. So in reality he's missing not that much. Besides, I think KK has earned a bit of faith in his ability to win games with this team during the regular season. Is he a guy to count on in the playoffs? No. Definitely not. A thousand times no. But then again, the team probably wasn't winning those first two games in Tampa regardless of who was in net. Tampa was ready to shift into a higher gear and we weren't. I'm okay with Kinkaid starting the season off.
  13. NewarkDevil5

    2018 Offseason Thread

    Yeah, but one good defenseman is better than two average defensemen. If we'd anyway be drafting a defenseman who, at pick 17, probably wouldn't be ready to play at a high pairing level for minimum 2-3 years, a move like this gets us the defenseman we're needing now and who would be signed for the next 3 years already. I don't know that Severson and our 1st would actually be something Calgary's interested in, but if they bite, I'd pack Damon's bags that day.
  14. NewarkDevil5

    2018 Offseason Thread

    I'd do Severson and the first. I think Bratt's a keeper.
  15. NewarkDevil5

    Tavares or Carlson

    Is Eric Gelinas still even in the NHL?
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