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Chuck the Duck

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  1. You are 100% right. Things like the coat drive/canned food drive should not be stopped due to Covid. Its for a good cause and should directly benefit people in need. I'm always leary of donating money to ubiquitous organizations because usually the people in need get pennies on every dollar donated, with the rest going to things like "administrative costs."
  2. I don't know if Holtz is ready, but we have tons of injuries, including to Hamilton who is a major shooting threat on the PP, so I guess it makes sense to give him a taste now as they can run the main shot option on the PP through him on the left side, rather than the top of the umbrella until Dougie gets back.
  3. That's what I did when COVID started to entertain the family when we were locked down with nothing to do. Disney+, Hulu and ESPN+ are all part of the bundle which is great now that the NHL is back on ESPN and streaming tons of games each week on ESPN+. I always thought about but never pulled the trigger on the center ice package in the past. This is so much better for the money.
  4. Couldn't agree with you more. She is brutal to listen to and, while Kevin Weekes is knowledgeable, he's much better on a studio show on NHL Network than he is as a color commentator that needs to think quickly on the fly. Basically, everything about that broadcast last night was terrible, including that Rags shrill Linda Cohen commentating between the benches. Other than their 30 for 30 series, ESPN sucks. As for the game, I fell asleep before the start of the 3rd. Team looked lifeless after the first 10 minutes or so. It's going to be a rough trip out west if Hamilton is out the next few games. Hopefully its nothing serious and he's back in the lineup soon. If he's out long term like Jack, we're screwed.
  5. This has to be only for people with seats that come with access to the M Lounge. If not, then I might be getting a BMW.
  6. I totally forgot about Boqvist. Completely didn't realize he was even still on our NHL roster. He would make the most sense although I can't see him as a 4th line player. I honestly believe he should be in Utica get tons of minutes in the Top 6.
  7. I don't consider Zacha a C. He can play there in a pinch, but is really ineffective in that position. That leaves us with Nico, Mercer, McLeod and ??? for what likely will be 4-6 weeks. Not great. The only C's on the Comets roster are Zetterlund, Talvitie, Schmelzer, and Flynn. Maybe we give Zetterlund a look.
  8. Jesus ... we've played 2 games and we already are in injury hell. Glad to hear that Jack didn't need surgery, but the caveat to it all was the wording "at this time." It's the Devils, and we know how day to day equates to month to month with "upper body injuries" for this team so I'm not getting too excited yet. Plus, he will always be at increased risk of future shoulder dislocation which isn't great for an undersized NHL player. The depth at C (or lack thereof) is a major problem in this organization. Maybe they can coax Zajac out of retirement to be the 4th line C if things go sideways and Hughes' injury is more long term than short.
  9. The teams does the right thing by moving us to other comparable or better seats whenever there is an issue. In the past, it was like once or twice per season (nothing so far this year). They definitely take care of us when this happens, so it's not something I make a big deal out of since all we do is go to guest services and get moved for that game. I like our seats and the people we are sitting near. We have a crazy schedule and can only get to 1/2 the games (at most). The tickets are cheap and relatively easy to re-sell, so I haven't really looked to move. My point simply was that the arena apparently sustained roof damage during Sandy and here we are, 9 years later, and it still hasn't been fixed. I know for a fact that there were other roof leaks effecting other sections of the arena that were not fixed as of the 2019-20 season. That's just 1 example of poor maintenance practices for a major facility such as this.
  10. The building is 14 years old and has had tons of use. It's not the cutting corners of construction that is the biggest problem, its the lack of repairs or regular maintenance over the years that is the issue. We've had a leak above our seats since Sandy happened in 2012. Every time there is a heavy rain, water drips down on our seats. Over the last 9 years, the only thing they have done to rectify the problem is replace the ceiling tiles when they get saturated to the point that they fall on the seats below (luckily we have never been in them when the tiles fell). Now, they have completely given up and have installed these wire mesh grills in place of where the ceiling tiles should go. So now there is nothing to stop the water from literally raining down on us during a game when there is inclement weather outside. Same thing with the bathrooms. Plumbing needs to be fixed, fixtures replaced, etc, but it is all left to rot throughout the course of the season before any repairs are made.
  11. I married a Rangers fans and, slowly, over a number of years and with the help of my kids have converted her to a Devils fan. She still has her Rags jersey though. We made her hide it in her closet where nobody could ever see it. Eventually, that thing will become kindling for a fire.
  12. Let's Go Devils!!! Hopefully this is the start of breakout years for Hughes and Hischier, with entertaining hockey taking us all the way to the playoffs in April.
  13. Everything Vegas touched that first season seemed to work out perfectly for them, including that trade. I don't blame the Devils for making the deal, and was hoping Gusev would turn into a Panarin for us, but it never seemed like he had the drive to do what it takes to be a top NHL player and, while his talent alone was enough to make him successful in the KHL, it was not close to enough in the NHL.
  14. I wanted Raty too with that 2nd pick in the first round. It seemed like the perfect place to pick him. However, listening to Fitz after the draft about players like him and others who fell out of the first round, it seems like they don't think he has the motor and drive to play in the NHL, or be a consistent player in the league, while Stillman does. Time will tell. However, Raty looked awfully good in the U18 tournament over the summer and could be an absolute steal for the Isles in the 2nd round.
  15. Sharangoalvich turned a hot start in the KHL into a very good rookie year in the NHL. Hopefully he can piggy back off a good performance for Belarus at the Olympic qualifiers the same when when the NHl season gets going in October.
  16. His skating is elite. That list is just plain dumb. Someone needs to check the settings on that "social listening tool." It equates a negative comment about a player with hating the player. 2 very different things. I can rag on the Queen all day, it doesn't mean I hated him and didn't respect him.
  17. I think it's safe to assume all Canadian based teams will have this policy in place for the start of the season. It will be news when a team or arena in a state that doesn't require proof of vaccination to attend indoor events requires it by going above and beyond state, federal, or local requirements. The rest is just white noise.
  18. It will be interesting to see what the Devils do here. I'm vaccinated, so it doesn't hurt me in any way. With respect to the kids under 12 policy, as a season ticket holder who goes to games with my kids, there is no way I'm getting them tested every time I go to a game. They will have to refund me my money and cancel my tickets if they go down this road. That AEG policy works for concerts that are 1 off events. It doesn't work for sports teams where fans attend multiple games in the same week. I'd have to start my own testing lab in my house.
  19. This is exactly the case. I guess it's possible, but I don't think the Devils and Prudential Center will go beyond the requirements of the State of NJ. If they do, then they better be prepared to refund ticket money for patrons that either refuse to get the shot or refuse to show a vaccine ID card to enter the building. I think it is much more likely that they will require all fans to be masked like last season then they will be requiring proof of vaccination. The issue I have with the policy requiring proof of vaccination is this - what does it mean for kids under 12 who are not eligible to get the shot? Does it mean that they cannot attend games ? And if they are exempted, the question then is why? They are getting the Delta variant and have proven to be carriers that can pass that form of the virus off to others so, in reality, they are practically no different than an unvaccinated adult when it comes to Delta.
  20. Really tragic news. Gone way too young. RIP Jimmy.
  21. NJM is, hands down, the best insurance company in NJ from a customer service perspective. I have them for home and auto and wouldn't change no matter how much lower Allstate quotes me.
  22. And it drives up the customer's insurance loss runs the more money is spent on litigation, whether it be attorneys fees or settlement payments. That equates to higher insurance premiums for your renewal policy. Completely agree. Allstate is by far the worst. Geico is definitely second worst.
  23. If it didn't work on the masses, then they wouldn't do it. To be honest, you probably won't even notice the ads on the jerseys during 90% of the broadcasts (only during closeups and interviews) and when attending the games in person. But that isn't why I hate this idea. It's the further opening of Pandora's Box that will eventually lead to the uniform becoming a giant billboard (i.e. European teams) and players giving interviews like Nascar drivers that bothers me. Also, putting a blue ad (Prudential) on a red Devils sweater just looks bad but they will want the ads to stand apart and not blend, so I am definitely expecting that to happen.
  24. I would love to audition for that. Best seat in the house for every game. That would be a great job. Get on your feet!!! Make some noissseeee!!!
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