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  1. I never was mad at Bernier. It was a bad play, but there was no reason for the team to meltdown and give up 3 goals on the ensuing PP. The biggest problem was the call itself as it should have been a 2 IMO.
  2. Makar wasn't even the first D-man selected in that draft. There were stories about the Devils liking him and possibly selecting him at 1 or trading down to take him at 4, but the consensus was that it was Nico and Nolan as a toss-up for the first and second picks. Thankfully, we went Nico over Nolan, otherwise that draft would be been a total disaster. Hindsight is always 20-20, but nobody could have truly known that Makar would become a generational talent and clearly the best player in that draft when the Devils stepped to the microphone to make that selection, especially since he is a smaller D who had just finished a season in the AJHL (not the WHL, OHL, or QMJHL) .
  3. Can you imagine them taking Cooley with the #1 pick. Those fans would riot and burn that building to the ground. Count me in for that level of chaos.
  4. Nothing compares to Doc. He was just the best there was (at least in my lifetime). But Cangy did a great job filling his shoes. I was surprised that he is stepping away from this job as he seemed to enjoy it, was good at it, and started to get national recognition and gigs. Wish him nothing but the best. That said, while I like Kenny Albert, I think the Devils broadcast is better served by someone not associated with the Rangers or is lined up to take over their PxP job once Sam rides off into the sunset. Kenny is a great announcer, but I get the feeling that he would be here a few years, then move over to the Rags. That's not worth it. I've been following the Utica Comets a bit this year and have heard all of their posted highlights on Twitter. Their PxP guy is really good and would be a great replacement for Cangy IMO. Give that guy the call-up to the National.
  5. I agree with this 100%. Take the best player available regardless of position or make a trade down to compile additional assets. I'm going to leave the D out of the argument, but if Cooley is #2 on the Devils draft board, you take him. If it is Slaf, then that's the pick. I'm not going to pretend to know these kids and I haven't watched more than 1-2 games for each of them. But it is much easier to move a C to wing than it is to move a wing to C. If there is separation between Cooley and Slaf on the draft board, you take Cooley and move him to LW with Nico. That said, if all things are equal, you have to take Slaf. His projection is exactly what this team needs in its top 6 and he will (hopefully) open up space for Jack by being that net driving presence his line lacks.
  6. If i was to bet, Bernier is done and will be LTIR next year.
  7. The Devils have beat writers? Even that sh!t rag the Star Ledger doesn't send anyone out to cover the games, and their HQ's used to be 3 blocks from the Rock.
  8. Trotz implements a defensive structure that the Devils are lacking and desperately need. If he is willing to come here, you have to take a run at him. However, I don't see it happening as the Devils seem set on keep Ruff next season.
  9. I'm in line with SD here. The injuries are something a team/org with our lack of depth simply cannot handle, especially at key positions. Losing 1 G was bad, but losing both for extended periods of time causing you to rely upon young rookies who are clearly not ready and a cast off journeyman who never had any NHL success to speak of is something most teams would struggle with. Add into that having Jack and Hamilton (our 2 most important skaters) out for 2+ months, and it's not shocking we are where we are right now. What is disappointing is the lack of production from guys like Tatar and Zacha, and the clear regression of Smith. What's worse is the fact that this team is softer than Charmin and way too easy to play against. That has to change, regardless of who is in the lineup.
  10. If it was designed by the geniuses in our front office, then it'll say "YORK" in script and pay homage to the Utica Blizzard of the Colonial Hockey League.
  11. It took them 26,012 takes, 54 broken sticks, and 2 shattered panes of glass in the RW corner before he actually hit the "target." Based upon the per hour ice costs, it was the most expensive scene ever filmed in Jackass history.
  12. Yup. I refuse to purchase a jersey because I hated the red home redesign and hated the Jersey Jersey even more. If the Devils didn't give me new jerseys every 5 years as part of my season ticket plan, I would be rocking the 90's Niedermayer, Brodeur, and Stevens jerseys in perpetuity.
  13. Assuming Blackwood is done for the season, they should sign or trade for another goalie to finish out this year with Gillies in the NHL. Send Schmid back down to play in Utica and split time with Daws. Let them both continue to develop and have success in the A rather than put one of them in the NHL where they are not ready to play. Embrace the full tank mode and Suck for Shane the rest of the way.
  14. Same can be said for the Newark Bulldogs, but the marketing geniuses keep forcing that irrelevant story line down our throats every few days. I fully expect to see a Newark Bulldogs jersey (with their logo as the crest) pitched as our reverse retro 2.0. Then they will sell it as just another homage to the long tradition of professional hockey in the garden state, and part of their greater rebrand of the franchise that apparently became stale because we didn't have a 3rd jersey for 38 years and not because the on ice product is completely unwatchable most nights.
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