IT’S A TRAP!

Jacques Lemaire, to the surprise of absolutely no one who follows hockey at all, is the new head coach of the Devils.  God help us all.

I’m going to give this a month or two before deciding whether it’s a bad move or not, but it doesn’t feel good right now. Lemaire is terribly old-school, and the Devils were finally turning into a strong forechecking team, and a pretty exciting one at that.

On the other hand, Lemaire, while successful with the Wild, wasn’t THAT successful, and he’s gotta know that at his age (64 in September), this is his last shot to prove that he can win in the new NHL. Maybe he can change. Probably not, but stranger things have happened.

Hey, at least Brian Rolston can be counted on for a good chunk of goals this year. It was under Lemaire that he scored 30+ per season for three years before signing with the Devils last year.

For those wondering, Lemaire brings Mario Tremblay with him as assistant coach. The Devils retain Tommy Albelin, and Johnny MacLean moves down to Lowell as the new head coach there. Congrats to Johnny Mac, as this, I think, essentially guarantees him the Devils head coaching job in two years.

It’s definitely a decision that leaves us much to discuss for the rest of the summer. Your thoughts, ladies and gentlemen?

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?

I am not happy.

Gosh DARN IT, why can’t we win a damn game all of a sudden?

Man, we’re supposed to be all “hey, my team can kick your team’s ASS!” right now, but nooo — we can’t beat ANYONE.

Gross exaggeration?

Whatever. I’m ANGRY.

We’ve lost, like, nine million in a row and it’s quite clear that the playoffs are a pipe dream at best.

…oh, we’ve already clinched a playoff berth? My bad.

I’M STILL ANGRY.

Here’s what we’re going to do, ladies and gentlemen. First, New Jersey is to STOP taking dumb penalties. That should help matters. I am quite tired of watching us kill at least 35903 penalties A GAME. Now, unless you’re going to bring back the entire 2001 Devils lineup, I am not interested in watching our “special” teams being put to such OVER use.

Secondly, we are to give Lens Crafter gift certificates to each and every referee in the NHL.

Clearly, these men are having a little trouble with their vision as the ABSURD CALLS (AND NON CALLS!) NEED TO STOP.

Alright then. Are we good? Yes. I feel better.

Black ‘n red, DO BETTER. I will not be forced to root for the Hawks for the remainder of this season, despite living in the Windy City.

Oh, and by the way, they ain’t lying about that — it’s flippin’ WINDY here.

This is Patricia Greuter, signing out.

OMGZubbieCounterContest!

Boys and girls, the ZubbieCounter is going through certain…changes.

You saw the first of it Friday night.  The first twenty were on us, but now, ladies and gentlemen – the ZubbieCounter is in YOUR hands.

I gave you a starting point the other night, but now it’s on you.  Every time Zubbie scores a goal, we’ll be taking reader submissions.  For each goal, we’ll pick one submission to be the official ZubbieCounter image for that goal. This can work many ways.  Here’s a couple of suggestions:

  • Make a sign, hold it up for us, and snap a picture.  You, your children, your friends, the guy at the bar, your grandma – be creative and have fun with it.
  • Take a picture of the number (say, 22) occurring on a traffic sign, in a store, in a book, on the side of a building, on the back of a jersey – again, the more creative the better – then edit in the rest of the Counter information (__th Goal As A Devil!) using Photoshop, or MS Paint, or whathaveyou.

So what’s in it for you?  Free stuff.  At the end of the season, we’ll re-post each ZubbieCounter image from the season and let everyone vote on their favorite.  Winner gets to-be-announced free swag.  And who doesn’t love undetermined free swag?

All ZubbieCounter submissions should be sent to [email protected]

Here’s to hoping we can start taking some submissions tonight, yes?