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Chuck the Duck

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  1. I've always been of the opinion that the franchise should stay in that city and just become defunct or dormant, regardless of where it is moved to. For example, the Scouts and their history should stay in KC, the Rockies should stay in Colorado, and none of that history should be transferred to NJ when the team was moved here. 99% of fans here in NJ do not care (or even know) about the teams fielded when the club played in KC and Denver. In the case of teams like Winnipeg or the Cleveland Browns where the team returns years later, the history and records attaches to that new team. Just my 2 cents
  2. The US lost puck battles all over the ice last night. The Czechs neutralized their biggest strength (speed) and dominated them physically. Would the result have been different if Hughes doesn't get hurt? Probably not but it didn't help them since he was their best D and probably the best D overall in this tournament so far. To say he had a bad game is unfair considering he should not have even been playing after the hit towards the end of the first. He could barely transition and skate backwards which is not ideal for a defenseman at any level, let alone in the WJC. He battled through an injury that hobbled him and made him ineffective. The bling pass at the end was stupid, I will give you that. There was nothing else about that game that you can fault him for with the condition he was playing in.
  3. Why invite the potential controversy that could arise out of it when NOBODY is asking for a Scouts jersey and crest from 1970-something to represent the NJ Devils in 2022? Like a bunch of others have said, if you have to go down this road (we don't - the NYI literally inverted the stripes and did nothing else to their regular home jersey the last time as their RR), then use the Scouts or Rockies jersey template with the Devils colors and logo and be done with it. I personally would rather see a black version of our cup winning jerseys, but they already have the Jersey Jersey abomination still out there for 2 more years, so there is no way they put out a black version of a jersey people want to compete with that sh!tshow for sales.
  4. I would be surprised if Bernier ever plays again in the NHL. He is definitely going LTIR as he won't be ready for at least 1/2 of next season, probably longer.
  5. No. But his family and friends could come visit him a lot easier than they will be able to in Columbus.
  6. Palat is a good signing. He is being slightly overpaid, but that's the nature of free agency. I have no problem with this deal, and if he can continue to produce at the 50-60 point pace he has throughout his career, he is a great add on Jack or Nico's wing.
  7. I don't know why he wanted out of Canada, but it is certainly possible that their COVID policies had a part in it. Not denying that at all.
  8. Technically, Columbus is closer to Salem County, NJ than Calgary. But let's be honest, being in Columbus is basically the same as being in Calgary when it comes to his ability to see family during the grind of an NHL season. I could be wrong, but I don't think these guys have the time to jet around the country to have dinner with mom and dad, even on an off day. He wanted out of Calgary and took a calculated risk that his favorite boyhood team would open enough cap space to sign him. When that didn't occur, he took the highest offer available to him, and that was in Columbus. It had nothing to do with being close to his family. He just wanted to play for the Flyers and wanted out of Canada. He accomplished one of those things. I have no problem with his decision as its his to make. But any BS you hear about him always wanting to play in Columbus is just that ... BS.
  9. Media was way off on this. NYI never were real players as they didn't have the cap room. NJD's offer was no where near the $10.5 million reported. CBJ offer was nowhere near the $12 million that was reported. Reports of it being between the Devils and Islanders with JG leaning to the Devils when, in reality, he had no intention of ever signing with us. Just pure rumors and speculation reported all day long from a bunch of guys making stuff up to fill air time. Made for an entertaining but frustrating day.
  10. Agree 100%. But if Lebrun's statement is true, which I have no reason to doubt, then it's a poor look on the Devils to not even matching the CBJ offer. Personally, I think JG was trying to orchestrate his way to PHI. That is the one and only place he wanted to play. I think he suspected that they would move heaven and earth for him since he is a local kid, a superstar in the league, and would give them a marketable star to sell their rebuild around. Once they backed out and made it clear they would not do what was necessary to create the cap room to sign him, he pivoted to best offer available in the Eastern Conference that was not in Canada. If him leaving Calgary was truly about being closer to family, he would have signed with the Devils and been an hour and 45 minute drive from his childhood home. Now he needs to take a private jet to get him in the same amount of time. I don't begrudge him for making the right choice for his family. But I really don't understand it unless it was purely about $$ and getting out of Canada. CBJ is no closer to winning a cup than we are and, arguably, we have the centers that could have kept his point production where it was in Calgary for the foreseeable future. Hopefully, the Devils will target players like Matthew Tkachuk that fit more with what we need - wingers with some jam that are tough to play against and win puck battles along the boards to open space for our smaller skilled guys. Palat is a nice piece to add, but he doesn't make us appreciably better.
  11. You love to see it. Hopefully they trade away their 1st this coming season for a rental that doesn't get them over the hump towards winning a cup.
  12. Don't be too sure about that one ... EDIT - Not saying Kasper is not a good player, but I've read rumors about the Devils really liking him as high as 2 which is a massive waste of draft capital if you ask me.
  13. Man. This feels like Nico v. Nolan again, but in reverse for us with the long presumed #1 pick seemingly falling out of that spot. We were on the right side of that debate, hopefully we are on the right side of this one as well. It will be interesting to see if a team like Columbus, Phoenix or Seattle tries to trade up to #2 for Wright, and whether the Devils entertain moving that pick if Slaf goes off the board at 1. Devils could then accumulate more picks/assets, move back a few spots and pick 1 of the 2 D. The top 5 of the draft tomorrow night will be interesting for sure.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. If i was to bet, Bernier is done and will be LTIR next year.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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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