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  1. On 5/16/2022 at 9:45 PM, Nicomo said:

    Montreal is not going to pass up the chance to take a Canadian kid who’s been the consensus 1OA for the last couple years. Especially with the draft being in their building - in front of their own fans. Wright also plays a position of need for them. They have nothing at center outside of Suzuki. 

    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.


  2. 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.

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  3. 13 hours ago, EdgeControl said:

    i took cooley... dont care if hes a center,, you take the best player available 

    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.

  4. 57 minutes ago, mfitz804 said:

    This is a good plan. If there is a goalie available, get him and go with the New Guy-Blackwood tandem with Bernier as a 3rd option if he is healthy, or Daws when he’s not. 

    Kind of a lot to pay Bernier to not play, but I honestly don’t think he’ll be healthy so it’s probably not going to be an issue. 

    If i was to bet, Bernier is done and will be LTIR next year.

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  5. 5 hours ago, slasher72 said:

    Oh, I'm referring mostly to Devils fans I see posting comments on YouTube or Devils beat writers more so than anyone on this board. I think most people here would agree giving up 2OA is too high a price to pay for either Fiala or a goalie, especially when one can be had in free agency. 

    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.

  6. 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.

  7. 38 minutes ago, SterioDesign said:

    except its hard to make progress when your top 2 players miss significant amount of games, that both your goalies are injured and that you miss one of your top producer / spark plug for the whole season.

    If everyone stayed healthy and we just sucked sure but things really went bad early too

    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.

  8. 5 minutes ago, Colorado Rockies 1976 said:

    Good point, but I don't think they realize how PK has the potential to do harm to just about everything except the back of the net, heh heh.  

    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.

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  9. On 1/26/2022 at 2:56 PM, Rock said:

    i'll just stick with my jerseys from the early 90's and championship eras 😃

    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. 

  10. 12 hours ago, Devil Dan 56 said:

    Daws had his first AHL shutout tonight in a 4-0 win. Good to see Utica keeping it up. Daws better Ec careful though or they’ll make him come up and play with the NJ defense

    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.

  11. 9 minutes ago, mfitz804 said:

    It was a million years ago and I don't believe more than 10 people in our entire fan base think about those teams at all. There was no long tradition or history. 

    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.

  12. Two steps forward, three steps back with this team.  Just when they look to be turning a corner by playing some entertaining hockey, 1/2 the lineup is out with illness or injuries.  There just isn't enough quality depth in this organization to deal with stretches like this. 

    Nico can't seem to catch a break.  Started to turn it on and look really good over the last few games, then goes out (probably for a few weeks) with another injury.  Is it too early to start the "Suck for Shane" thoughts?

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  13. 56 minutes ago, Colorado Rockies 1976 said:

    Always worth remembering is that once a GM cans a coaching staff, he's the one firmly in the crosshairs...if the coaching change doesn't work, then it's "Does this GM know how to spot and develop talent?  Maybe it's his roster construction that's the problem!" or "Do we give this guy another coaching hire?"

    I don't necessarily believe that Fitz is in self-preservation mode, but I do think he's now being patient-to-a-fault (same as Shero was with Hynes), in a situation that is screaming for real action.  What he's saying comes off as somewhere between oblivious and arrogant double-downing...for some reason (again, just like Shero), he seems way too willing to live and die by a flawed head coach (and even more flawed assistants).

    Blitzer's intermission spot told me where the franchise is at...they truly believe that they're on this great path, that eventually this patience and seemingly endless lost seasons are damned near guaranteed to pay off in time.  I get the feeling Fitz talks a real good game, to ownership and others...there's a reason Hamilton was willing to come here.  But we've really reached the point where we need to see the slightest bit of evidence that yes, these kids can indeed be the start of a fine core, and that there's noticeable progress being made.  Because all I see are a bunch of kids that yeah, I like some of them, but I can put that aside and admit that just about ALL of them are question marks, when it comes to determining what they're actual upsides are...and I see a staff that appears to have no real system in place and no ability to adjust once teams figure out how to exploit them.  I just have no idea how anyone involved with organization right now can feel that the situation magically improving is somehow within reach.  Man do I hate where this team is right now.        

    9 million of them x 7.  

  14. 37 minutes ago, DevsMan84 said:

    FWIW the injury from the preseason was/is a hip injury and he woke up one day and was not able to walk.  It went away after a while of some rest and an injection, but it looks like it is a recurring thing.

    That's scary.  Hopefully it just needs rest.  We all know how hip surgeries work with goalies.

  15. 16 hours ago, mfitz804 said:

    It's a weird take, because if they didn't give a sh!t what fans thought in designing them, they aren't going to give a sh!t whether or not you like it after the fact. But whatever, spin your wheels. 

    The answer is simple.  Just don't buy them.  That is all the suits really care about and the only reason third jerseys even exist in the first place - to take more of your money.  If they sell horribly, they will be gone for all eternity when the contract with Adidas ends in 3 years.   

    I hate these jerseys.  The black base is really the only good part about them.  However, what I hate more is how hard this organization is trying to push the narrative that they are something wonderful that we all should enjoy.  They acted yesterday like they were completely rebranding the franchise with this being the new primary.  The giant "Jersey" jersey banner at center ice during the hype video and national anthem is almost as cringe worthy as the play on the ice the past 9 years.

    I really am concerned that the morons in our front office are intent on replacing the crest with the Jersey script BS permanently.   Hopefully they saw the reaction to this disaster and understand what a massive mistake that would be.  However, it might be hard to see and hear the masses from their ivory tower so nothing would surprise me.  

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  16. 9 minutes ago, DevsMan84 said:

    Rumor is the "new" logo would have been what Bing rolled out.

    That's 100% correct.  The NHL apparently told them that they need to consider our fanbase like an original 6 franchise and that changing the logo would not go over well.  Can you imagine if they ignored the league and went with that cartoon character logo?

    10 minutes ago, DevsMan84 said:


      That would be 100x better than what they rolled out.  

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  17. 1 hour ago, jagknife said:

    Anyone else TERRIFIED with the massive emphasis of “The New Era” that they’re going to continue with the overhaul and completely fvck up our brand in the near future?

    Cause I know I am. 

    Yup.  That is the most concerning thing of it all.  This organization is completely tone deaf.  The rumor at the time was that they toyed with changing the logo when Adidas took over the uniform package for the league, and they were talked out of it by the the NHL.  These guys/girls are clueless. 

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  18. 50 minutes ago, Satans Hockey said:

    Oh joy they found some more teams nobody has ever given a fvck about to reference. I really can't express how much I hate all these pictures explaining what everything is referencing. If you have to explain every single thing it shows what a sh!t job you did. Absolute fvcking trash... 


    They act like we are an org. that has no history of its own, so let's look back to other low level (irrelevant) teams that have played in the state over the years.  I can see Seattle or Vegas doing something like this, not a team with 40 years of history and 3 Stanley Cup wins.

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  19. 1 hour ago, jagknife said:

    Cause the suits in charge felt if Marty designed it, fans would automatically love it and not oppose it, idiots

    This is 100% right.  In fact, I'm willing to bet that Marty had little to nothing to do with designing this thing.  He probably sat in a meeting or 2 in order to review various designs and they are using him as a marketing ploy.  These things are hideous.

  20. 1 minute ago, mfitz804 said:

    So when do you think they’ll go on sale?


    Definitely will be out before Christmas.  Gotta capitalize on the holiday rush. 

    Ronnie from Jersey Shore can't wait to get his hands on this baby so he can wear it when he out clubbing is Seaside come Memorial Day.

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  21. 16 hours ago, Devil Dan 56 said:

    I feel like Masisak thinks he’s the smartest guy ever with that “a team that plays home games in Newark” line considering he used it twice. 

    Seriously, all 12 people that go to Riveters games liked their new unis?  Congrats Cory.  Doesn't change the fact that this leaked "Jersey" is ugly and unimaginative.  Oh, and since it apparently wasn't clear a few years ago when they included the bottom black stripe on our home jerseys, nobody knows about/cares about the Newark Bulldogs.  Why the hell does Adidas feel the need to keep honoring their eternal legacy of failure and irrelevance?  I don't get it.

    This is exactly why I didn't want a 3rd jersey that wasn't a retro.  The morons at Adidas, in conjunction with the corporate shills in the Devils front office, were bound to screw it up.  They are clueless suits that can't get anything right.  I will not be purchasing one of these disasters, and hope they don't sell at all so we only have to deal with a year or 2 of seeing them on the ice before they are pulled out of rotation forever.  They should have made the reverse retro our alternate jersey and been done with it.   And if they had to go with a black jersey, I agree with several other posters who said that each and every fan design out there, including the Gabbagol and Bada Bing designs, would be an upgrade over this atrocity.  

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