News galore!

Today, my friends, is a big day in Devils fandom.  Something that hasn’t happened all season is about to happen.

Yep, user-generated ZubbieCounters!  (What, you were thinking something else?)

Oh, and that Elias dude is playing in tonight’s game or something.

Let’s get to it:

Patrik Elias makes his season debut tonight after missing the first thirteen games of the season with various surgical repairs.  Dude’s gotta be bionic now.  Welcome back Patty, we miss-ed you and your super groin (wait, that didn’t sound right).

Elias’ return means someone has to be a healthy scratch tonight, right?  WRONG!  It means someone else joins the rank of the Ouchies club.  Rob Niedermeyer this time.  He has the ever-ubiquitous Upper Body Injury and won’t play at all this weekend.  PLcubed looks like he loses the “Goon of the Game” contest to Andrew Peters and will therefore be tonight’s Goon in a Suit.

Enough news for ya?  TOO BAD, HERE’S MORE!  Jay Leach was put on re-entry waivers yesterday.  Which means, right around…now, the Devils should be finding out if he is available to play against the Islanders tonight of if the team is on the hook for half of his salary while he goes and plays for someone else.  If he survives re-entries, will he play tonight?  Who knows.  Who comes out if he does play?  Also uncertain.

Edit 12:49 PM: French language site RDS seems to suggest that Jay Leach was claimed off waivers by Montreal.  I’m not certain as my ability to speak French is limited to being able to say “Yes, it is a book”.  Two years of high school French and it doesn’t help me when I need it!  Anyway, it looks like Jay Leach is heading north of the border, with the Devils on the hook for half of his salary.  That sucks.

Edit 12:53 PM: TSN claims the same thing.  In English, this time.  See ya, Leacher.

One this is certain, though.  It won’t be Andy Greene who comes out of the lineup, because as the league is finding out, ANDY GREENE = WINS.  As Scott mentioned awhile back, has there ever been a guy go from healthy scratch to Chara-like minutes quicker than our own Greene Monster?  I think not.

And I almost forgot (though I don’t know how)…YANN DANIS STARTS IN NET TONIGHT!  La Grenouille himself (don’t ask) gets the nod between the pipes to play his former team, the Islanders.  Let’s hope he’s better for us against the Isles than he was with the Isles.  If he plays like he did against the Bruins, he’ll be golden.

Alright then, we got Elias, Niedermeyer, the Goon race, Andy Greene = Wins, Yann Danis…did I forget something?

Ah, right.

ZUBBIECOUNTER30 USER GENERATED CONTENT!

Some really good ones came in for this most recent goal.  I laughed.  Louder than I should have at 2 in the morning.  Other people in my house weren’t too happy.  So you might wanna refrain from reading the rest of this post unless it’s an hour of the day in which your family or roommates are awake.  Fair warning.

The first one comes from Richard H.  It’s incredibly clever.  (Get it, 30 Rock?  Zubbie’s 30th?  The Rock?)

zubbiecounter30-Richard H

Pop culture baby.  Best way to our collective hearts.

Next up comes a Zubmission from a Mr. Aaron B.  It doesn’t look like much, but it’s indicative of another surefire way to get your Zubmission on our site:  Take a photo yourself.  See, Mr. Aaron was at the game in Boston where Zubbie scored his 30th, and snapped this quickie photo just after Zubbie broke most of the arena’s collective hearts.

zubbiecounter30-Aaron B

That 2 in the 2-1 score?  That’s thanks to the Dainiusaur.

The final two Zubmissions come from ZubbieCounterContest veterans.  Kevin B. actually sent in three hilarious Zubmissions because he couldn’t pick just one.  It was hard for me to pick one, but I think this one was a hair better than the other two.  Made me laugh pretty loud, anyway.

zubbiecounter30-Kevin B

Poor Zach.  Being separated from his BFF Travis Zajac was clearly traumatic.

And finally, we come to Jon C’s Zubmission.  Look, I mentioned before that an instant way into our hearts is a pop culture reference, and this one is possibly the ultimate pop culture reference of the last few months.  Frankly, I’m mad at myself for not having expected it before it came in.  2MA readers, I present to you via Jon C…Interrupting Kanye:

zubbiecounter30-Jon C

That’s almost criminal how good it is.  Thanks Jon, Kevin, Aaron, and Richard for the awesome entries.  God I can’t wait ’til Zubbie nets another goal.  (Also, don’t forget, voting for the ZubbieCounterContest continues on the main page until November 14th, or until Zubbie pots #33.  Whichever happens first.  Probably the former.)

THE ZUBBIES ARE HERE!

Ladies and Gentleman, welcome to the first annual ZUBBIE AWARDS!

Recall if you will, last season (I know it’s hard, pretend late April didn’t happen, that’s what I do).  Go all the way back to the second weekend of December.  It was a glorious time to be a Devils fan.  The Devils were in the midst of one of the wildest games of the year and possibly the most fun game I have ever had the pleasure of attending – a total 80s-style scorefest against the Rangers that the Red n’ Black took by a final score of 8-5.  During that game, one Mr. Dainius Zubrus notched his 21st goal as a Devil.

That evening, rather than waiting to get home and make a new ZubbieCounter update, I wrote it on a piece of paper, snapped a picture with my cell phone, and sent it along to Steve, who posted it on this very blog.  This started a discussion between Steve, Joe, and myself.  We decided to hold a contest, in which you, the 2MA reader, would submit (or Zubmit) your own ZubbieCounter updates.  We’d pick one for each goal, and in the end, you the reader would get to vote on which one you liked best, with the winner getting undetermined prizes.

The contest was a huge success for us – I didn’t realize how many entries we actually got until I went through the ZubbieCounter e-mail address again a few days ago.  There were some absolutely brilliant entries for each of his goals for the remainder of the season.

And then the playoffs happened.  We spiraled into an uncontrollable funk that we’re only just now finally breaking out of.  I’ve promised you the Zubbie awards for months now, and the time has finally come.

Below you will find each of the winners from last season.  On the main page, you’ll see our nifty new poll feature.  Simply go over there and vote for which one you like the best.  Vote only once please (I’m using an honor system here, but if I suspect monkey business, I’ll suspend voting a choose my own winner.  It’s my contest, I can do that, y’know).  Also, two nominees are nominated twice.  Because quite frankly, the two winners for the last goal of the season were both too funny.  Again, my contest, I can do what I want.  Booyah grandma.

Winner gets still-to-be-determined STUFF.  Said stuff will probably not even be determined until I have a box that I have to fill with something.  You will definitely get the Chico Resch autographed 2MA sticker, though, and probably a bunch of other awesome things.

So, without further ado, I present to you, your 2008-2009 ZUBBIE AWARD NOMINEES:

Steven O's Zubmission Steven O’s Zubmission

Wilson L's Zubmission Wilson L’s Zubmission

Jon C's Zubmission 1 Jon C’s Zubmission (24th goal)

Chris S (Rico)'s Zubmission Chris S (Rico)’s Zubmission

Kevin B's Zubmission 1 Kevin B’s Zubmission (26th goal)

Kristyn's Zubmission Kristyn’s Zubmission

Jon C's Zubmission 2 Jon C’s Zubmission (28th goal)

Kevin B's Zubmission 2Kevin B’s Zubmission (28th goal)

So there you have it.  Get to voting!  Since this is a ZubbieCounter contest, I say we let Zubbie decide when voting ends.  We’ll take votes until the end of the game in which Zubbie scores his 33rd goal as a Devil, or until 4 PM on November 15th.  Whichever happens first.  Probably the latter.  Either way, get your votes in now!

Yes, Virginia, there is a ZubbieCounter update!

I think I like the ’09-’10 edition of the ZubbieCounter.  Whaddaya think of it?

Also, in celebration of the first ZubbieCounter update of the year, I’m thinking it’s finally time for our Zubbie awards.  Look for it later tonight.

A contest draws to a close

So, after a half-season long quest to find the best Zubbie Counter zubmissions, we’re calling it the end today.  What better way to close out the contest than with Zubbie netting the game winner in the season finale?  You’d almost think we scripted it that way (we don’t have that much clout), or that Zubbie himself knew what was going on (we’re not that important, though we like to think we are).

This time around we got probably the best group of ZubbieCounterConest entries we’ve received all season, so once again I’m going to post two winners.  One was a previous winner, but his entry made me laugh out loud at 2 AM, waking other people in my household, which means it was a pretty good entry.  The other referenced The Simpsons, always a good pop culture touchstone ’round these parts.  Congratulations to Jon C (A previous winner, so this one’s just being posted for your enjoyment) and Kevin B!

Clearly we’re simple-minded folk, who love cartoons.

On a serious note, I want to thank everyone who submitted for participating in the ZubbieCounterContest, you all made it much more of a success than I ever imagined when we first came up with this back in December.  Thank you so much.

We’re going to put off the voting and awarding of undetermined swag until after the post-season (we need SOMETHING to post about in the summer!), which hopefully means we won’t start the voting until, oh, mid-to-late June, yes?

Thanks again for your support of this contest and this site.  Be sure to stop by section 209 tonight (or Hell’s Kitchen on Lafayette Street pre-game) and say hi – I recently discovered a handful of 2MA stickers that I didn’t think I still had, and will be giving them out to interested parties this evening!  See you at The Rock!

YES! THERE’S ONE LEFT IN US AFTER ALL!

Ladies and gentlemen, the final goal of the Devils 2008-09 regular season was scored by none other than Mr. Dainius Zubrus.  You know what that means.

We’re up to 28 now.  Get your 28th Goal As A Devil ZubbieCounterContest Zubmissions in now!  zubbiecounter at gmail dot com will be the e-mail address; you have until the very second the puck drops for game 1 of the playoffs, either Wednesday or Thursday.  Let’s end this contest with a bang, shall we?

Totally forgot.

I was supposed to update the ZubbieCounterContest, wasn’t I?  Whoops.  Better late than never, yes?

Congrats to Kristyn, who has figured out that pop culture references are a nearly guaranteed victory in the ZubbieCounterContest.

We’re getting to the tail end of the season, which means there’s probably very few ZubbieCounterContest chances left!  Probably very few chances to obtain the much-balleyhooed undetermined free swag + Chico-signed 2MA sticker.  Pick it up, Zubbie.  We need more contest entries.

Hope You Were Paying Attention!

So everyone caught the Coyote Beat-down last night, correct-a-mundo? (I’m trying so hard not to make a Coyote-Ugly joke right now.)

Well, I hope you were paying attention… especially around, say, the 7:11 mark of the second period.

After the last time around, I can’t wait to see what ends up in our mailbox this time.

[email protected] — BEGIN!!! Zubmissions will be cut-off Sunday night at 5pm EST!

We’ve got bid-ness to take care of.

Sorry for disappearing there for awhile gang, my internet access has been shoddy at best for over a week now.  Should be back to normal before the trade deadline, however.

But now, down to business.  Many people scored goals for the Devils over the weekend.  But, you all know that there’s just one that we’re obsessed with.  You’ve got ’til, eh…let’s say Thursday at 5 PM Eastern to get your ZubbieCounterContest Zubmissions in for the next go-round.  That’s nearly a full week since the goal, so I expect awesomeness!

Also, I mentioned the Trade Deadline up there.  Yes, we will be covering it.  I’m skipping class to bring it to you live, right here.  I’ll park myself in front of the computer around noon(ish), and won’t leave until all trades have been consumated (or 5 PM, whichever comes first – can’t skip all THREE classes, y’know).  Please join us for what will be a fun-filled afternoon of rumor-mongering, waiting, wishing, hoping, rueing, fearing, and in the end probably picking up a third-rate defenseman for a late-round draft pick.  Ah, trade deadline day.

Another Zubbie Goal, Another ZubbieCounterContest Winner

Congratulations to Mr. Christopher S., aka “rico” of the glorious 2MA commenters nation.  Christopher’s zubmission featured two things – pronostication (he called it, you’ll see, in a previous thread) and an 80s one-hit-wonder.  That’s a tough combo to beat right there.

Congrats Chris, and to everyone else – here’s to hoping we add another ZubbieCounterContest entry tomorrow, yes?

On a related note, I promised something the other day.  When the ZubbieCounterContest was first announced, we said “undetermined free swag” would be awarded to the person who’s ZubbieCounterContest zubmission was voted to be the best at the end of the year.  Well, some of the swag is still undetermined, but we do have at least this for the winner, and I can guarentee you, no one else in the world will have one of these but the winner of this contest:

What you are looking at there is a 2 Man Advantage sticker, one of few left that was never distributed last year.  That writing on it?  That’d be the autograph of former Devils goalie and color commentator Glenn (Chico) Resch.  As I said, I promise you, the winner of the contest will be the only man/woman on earth who can claim they own a 2MA sticker autographed by Chico.  (Please note:  Chico does not have anything to do with the contest, and probably is unaware of it.  He was just nice enough to sign an autograph for me.) Other swag – likely including a 2MA shirt of some sorts and other fun stuff – will be determined as time goes on.

Now that we know what we’re playing for, boys and girls, I expect to see your ‘A’ game each and every time Zubbie scores from here on out!  Keep ’em rolling, and as always, thanks for reading and participating.

Well that…ah you know.

That was a fairly lame game.  Full of bad refereeing and worse hockey by the boys in red.  The line for the autographed pucks was stupid long and they were out of pucks too quickly.  All around, a sucky night.

The lone bright spot this eve is the fact that yes, Zubbie did indeed pot a puck.  Not in the first – nah, he kicked that one, they say.  But he did throw one in the net in garbage time (note:  he didn’t actually throw it.  They’d have taken that one away too if he did).  That’d be his 25th as a Devil, for those who lost count (and if you lost count – HOW?!)

Usually I give y’all until the day of the next game to come up with a ZubbieCounterContest Zubmission.  However, since I won’t actually be around the day of the next game (Monday), you’ve got ’til Tueday (hush, hush, voices caaaaarry…ahem, sorry).  6PM Eastern – which is 1AM if you’re in Zubbie’s Lithuainian homeland.  At that time, I’ll also post the first of the previously undetermined free swag that we’re giving away for this contest.

Get crackin’ gang, I need something to laugh about.