Thoughts from Section 209: Devils vs. Starrrrrrrrrrssssssss, 1/5/2010!

Happy new year and all that to ya! (I know I still owe a month in review… it’s half done, I swear and I’m hoping it’s done tomorrow, but you gotta write the more pressing piece first always….and not to mention I got a little bit of Dallas Cowboys fever right now… and CMON… you know you wanna see another Phily team lose, right?)….but another feel-good night and some very pleasant memories from the 1999-2000 Stanley Cup run and all the crazy stuff I’ll try to get to down below…. all in all a great night and a great win against a VERY erratic STAARRRRRSSSS team……

the Good:
— Patrik Elias…. welcome back to the scoresheet….all those passes that Andy over-shot you to make you skate harder and get in the right place are starting to pay off… yay!
— Zach Parise… my God nine shots on goal!! (I’ll get more into this when I do the month in review but I love how his level of play didn’t drop when he slumped and he keeps playing the same way hat-trick or ten-game drought be damned!!)… pretty good night for our personal “one man Jonas Brothers”… many ‘ginies were tingling (and an evil Mickey Mouse was counting the cash!)
— PL^3… yeah he hit… yeah he did his thing… but I saw some REALLY good board work and puck control and a little finesse to keep the play and the board work going (7:40 and more ice time then Rod Pelley tells ya Jacques liked what he saw too)… and this is a step in the right direction of leaving Andrew Peters in a ditch somewhere near Bayonne HS (it’s a big-ass school, plenty of hiding spots!)
— Bryce Salvador…. I’d swear he was announced as a scratch, but 14:00 from the press-box and he looked pretty good playing from there too… smart plays… and he adds a stability to the blue line that no one else not named Andy has brought to the team this year!
— so I hear mb30 broke the old mask and had to actually be Marty Brodeur for half the game…. I really wish he’d listen when the hockey Gods TWICE tell him something :p…. and yeah shutout #106… it wasn’t as dramatic as the last two were… it kinda felt like the Stars cashed out late in that game, but it’s still a lil bit nice to be a part of more history each time the score goes to zero (and how sick is it that like one of ever 5-some wins… is of the zero variety… that’s just sick to digest….)
— and shame on me almost forgetting to talk about lil Nicky breaking the damn bank with all the stuff he won in the Zamboni race during the first period… good lord our #1 draft pick is well taken care of by this team…always good to see it happen to the deserving fans (and it shut up a fool in 109 who said the good stuff doesn’t happen to those in the cheap seats!)

the Bad:
— there was no bad last night… I’m gonna to use that space for 2000 Cup memories and my Stanley Cup Party story in that old basement apartment back that Saturday night in June of 2000 🙂

the Funny:
— Brian Rolston… first shift… looks like he blew a tire jumping on the ice… and kinda reminded me of the Matvichuk (I think)… getting injured and crawling to the middle of the ice to block shots back in 2000 for the Stars…. I should remember better who it was that was a classic moment in maybe the best, and most exciting Stanley Cup Final of the 4 the Devils had and possibly the most exciting one I remember in my lifetime… but as he was falling and limping to the bench I mumble… hrrmmm… I wonder if anyone reminded him that he got traded for Claude that year and it took him like 18 months and a second trade to mentally recover (and talk about pressure to be traded for Claude… and then be in the trade that brought Andreychuk and ESPN’s first love child, Ray Bourque, that’s a TALL order…)
— so I had what I like to call my personal “moment of Cangelosi” last night (handy link of reference:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GOEO4XuQCj4 … just so you know and get what I am talking about)
…. one of my running jokes of late is that when Tasha watches the game, her boys in Parise and Bergfors NEVER score (and even when they do she gets stuck on the escalator to not see it… and I get to yell CLOSE YOUR EYES and STOP LOOKING or GO TO THE BATHROOM, we need a goal!!!)… so on the Zajac goal I saw Bergfors swat at it… I swore he tipped it in…. so i text her and go… look you finally got to see your goal…..so when they announced it was Zajac’s goal… I kinda yelled to myself… “NINETEEN!!”… oops, well at least her Lordship wasn’t there to make fun of me for that and goddamit I am taller then our roaming gnome of parody fame!

the 2000 Cup run memories:
— the Devils did a GREAT job of reliving that Cup run… hell they even dug up Steve Kelley (I guess he was glad they remembered he was on the team.. he played like one game and 10 shifts in the entire playoff run)… it’s always good to see Claude in the house again too…Larry Robinson (we all remember that locker room beatdown/tirade too of course)…. Patrik Elias in game 7…. Jason Arnott in game 6…. the “six shots on goal game” (I swear I can still hear Sundin and Pat Quinn piss and moan they had more shots on goal then that)… Scott Stevens dominating Pavel Bure and then the world…. and that game 5 in the Cup Finals… the single greatest one on one goalie duel ever seen by human eyes…..It’s been 10 1/2 years it really was the right time to remember, look back, and smile at those awesome memories (and thoughts of a 110-recap season… my God I was burnt out that summer)
— Lord Krang: lol, sherry just listed “sykora getting knocked out” as one of the memorable moments of the 2000 cup run!
(and she’d be right….Petr Suckora only knows FAIL when he is on the ice as a Stanley Cup Finalist… the only two he’s won, he was unconscious in 2000, a healthy scratch last year…. and 3 times the loser when he played)… I love when the professionals think as I do :p
— I still need to recall the party at my house that night…. it was Brian… a hockey princess we no longer associate with, her BF at the time and we’re all just there watching the game…. I remember my “SHUT THE FUCK UP AND STOP POUTING OVER SYKORA WE’RE PLAYING A FOR A STANLEY CUP” rant (one of the reasons I no longer associate with said person… the sick obsession over mediocre to BAD hockey players and not caring about who her friends were… gee, a theme in my life eh :p)…. so I blasted her so bad the boyfriend kinda hid and curled in the corner…. so a few hours later Jason Arnott does the deed… I had one of those old “giant soda bottles of popcorn” wrapped in tin foil and a bowl on top of it to look like a mini-Cup… and yeah we filled it with champagne… I think I drank a whole bottle by myself that night…. and a few more friends came over… I was on the phone with two more… John and Jen walk in (I know the names don’t matter, I think the only person I still talk of all these people is Brian, and that could change as of his wedding in September *whistles*)…. they walk in… I’m already fuzzy and the last thing I remember that night was going “OHHHH, WINE!!!”…. and then dragging the mini-Cup and champagne stinky body to Rex Plex the next day to skate around with our Cup and sweat champagne in goalie pads!! Feel free to add your own memories and comments too… it’s the right place for it!

Thoughts from Section 209: Devils vs Habs, 12/16/2009

Sometimes going to a hockey is a lot like going out on a blind date… the profile sounds good… your friends tell you all sorts of good things about her…. you get excited…. you get there… you open the door and you see some hideous beast with psychological issues… and oh look… she has a drinking problem too!!!! (and no this is not meant to fire shots at any people you think I may have dated in the last … oh… 6 months??)…. but man this game felt that way tonight…. two good teams… high flying… Gomez and Gionta (sorry your Lordship!)… and man this game SUCKED… but they won… the hockey cliche rulebook says… take your two points and move the Farooq on !!!!!!

the Good:
— I was commenting on this to Tammie today… and again I like this… and I know it’s weird and people SHOULD and WILL debate this one…. I like that this team can come out and play like COMPLETE ASS for a period or two, and then just get its groove and a pull a game like this out of its ass…it’s also means this team isn’t going to work itself to death to struggle and grind EVERY game and EVERY shift……as much as we love all that and wanna see it… it wipes you out and it could be why this team runs out of gas in the first round all the time (take this as a fuck you Sutter, you can’t coach in the NHL all you want!)… and maybe this team will have not only some gas in the tank… but an extra gear you NEED to crank it up in the playoffs… ya think???
— the 4th line… it’s been a mess most of the season… hell since the lockout! And they only had like 5-6 minutes tonight… but man they gave energy and the GOAL OF THE GAME… ok it was more THE PRICE WAS WRONG BITCH and he sat on it to kick it in… but still… they played well and who know Pikkachu would out-score Gomez right??? They worked hard and smart and got just reward and just to piss off good ol’Rob…ROD PELLEY GETS PIST… ROD PELLEY GETS ASSIST!! (it rhymes boy!)…. and if we can only get ONE GOAL TONIGHT….. Josh Burnett: PIKKACHU, I CHOOSE YOU! (good pic!)
— Elias and Rolston… they looked a little bit off and shaky early on, but you’re really starting to see the chemistry grow and get better and that game winning goal was just a thing of BEAUTY, TIMING and working together!

the Bad:
— Brett Russo… I say this every time… but holy shit do they need to wheel her out there to sing the national anthems??? Really?? it’s like she’s a bad plug to remind you that the goodness of the American Idol’s casting shows and that they ARE coming soon… but my God… she makes cats jump off buildings…. glass and steel shatter and when she hits a high note pro wrestlers go crazy and kill their families… really… MAKE IT STOP!!!! (in closing: Brett Russo is truly the Steve Cangelosi of national anthem singers….my god she botches like Jeff Hardy!!!!!)
— I love offense…. and damn I love creativity… but hot damn guys… really enough with the spin-a-roonie backhand no-look passes to each other… you guys missed like FIFTY of them tonight… and this team goes with its passing…. gotta connect there…
— the Power Play… another wasted 5 on 3…. short handed goal allowed,,,,,and 0 for 5… all just NOT GOOD
— Bryce Salvador… he fell alot tonight… and funny how when the guys behind us started yelling REMEMBER LYLE ODELEIN, and the current #24 starts playing like that Rotted Old Sea Slug with the horse-face… please no more Odelein revivals!!!!
— Jamie Langenbrunner… that shortie was ALL on him today, and again he just didn’t seem “with it” today….

The Funny:
— Poor Clutch…. he took a beating again tonight… my favorite one… Pete joking yells… HEY CLUTCH YOU SUCK… and some random girl in the Clarkson jersey jumps up and does the I HOPE YOU DIE!!!! Right in his general direction!! I chuckled hard at that!
— Hell the whole section was random… different strokes reference… and then a whole bunch of guys singing the old “What’s happening!!” theme (and man… not to go off the board here…but was there ever a compilation of fatter people on one show like that one??)…. it was just a bizarre night of random!! Good thing Rob and Anna moved over so we could focus on being just game-funny!!!
Hell it was so weird tonight me and her Lordship of Krang didn’t have our nightly spat where she chews me down and damns me as a Devils fan :p
— Andy Greene ices the puck… we’re all like.. ANDY!!! And then play stops, and the chicken dance song hits… see Andy is so ahead of his time he KNEW the song was coming and wanted to get pumped up by some RANGERS SUCK chants!!! Such a wise man that Andy <3
— Rob again commenting on our power play: "Asking Andy to do his and langenbrunners job. Is like asking Mackie to do Laflammes job as well as his own at once" (for those who don't know… Laflamme's gimmick is he's kinda employment "challenged")
my comment back: "Untrue I can sit at home all day and play video games AND work too!!" (though I get paid for it because I usually am virus scanning a PC while I do it!)

Hell I worked HARD to get that much into this… I'm kinda done right now, more to come Friday Night… oh … it's Ottawa… time to dig up filler material AGAIN :p

Thoughts from Section 209: Devils vs. Panthers 12/11/2009

Damn what a slow and un-exciting way to start off the weekend of what’s been a pretty awesome near two-week-celebration of my birthday (on Sunday mind you…. Sun Tavern may never be the same again :p)… though I feel bad for my friend and long-time reader Barry from Scotland, he’s been out here for two games… and seen TWO DUDs so far… least he gets the Flyers tonight….there was about one thing and one thing alone that was worthy about tonight’s match-up… it was the mildly anticipated duel between mb30, and last season’s most unlikely savoir of season in Scott Clemmensen…. (and even though I’m not feeling it today and I have no energy and this game sucked… I am a person of my word… I said I’d cover the home games… well…. here I am :p)

the Good:
— I have to say I was VERY happy for the reception that Scott Clemmensen got from the fans… we as a fan base (and be honest most sets of fans are this way too) can get bagged on for being classless assholes…. we boo’ed Niedermayer (I know I did), we don’t care when Rafalski is back…. Gionta’s reaction should be interesting if he’s healthy for the second Montreal game… but last night… all the yelling of SUCKS for the opposing team STOPPED when Clemmensen was introduced as the goalie… hell he got a bigger ovation then most of the Devils intro’ed after (well except Andy)…. and it was good to see that we as a fan base can at least have a memory that extends one season :)… hell even Pete who would yell at his own mom if she wore the other team’s jersey was yelling:
“Hey clemmensen…we miss you!!!…………… And we hope you live!!”
Awwww 🙂 (see I have a heart, fuckers!!)
— I also thought Rod Pelley had a nice little game….dare I say… PIST PELLEY POWERFUL!!!!!!!! Hell that line even got double-digit ice time… and McAmmond’s goal (which was the first since like color TV was invented) was pretty shifty and again he reminds me way too damn much of John Madden…..
— Brian Rolston… the offense has been back in the last six weeks, and we’re actually getting the player advertised for here in him at last!
— and no matter how dead, or empty the arena can be… or how out of it the fans are…. lil Nicky brings his shit and his A GAME every night… tonight’s just one of those nights you can really love and appreciate that kid’s passion and there ain’t much else good to talk about tonight….
— though it was a fitting tribute tonight to Scott Clemmensen as well… he scares the shit out of you… bad goals go in….his technique is clumsy and borderline WTF-worthy, but hot damn he played in this building and HE WON, just about every time… I’ll call that a positive as I can actually remember a lot of the FUN that last season was (until that miserable March and April….)

the Bad:
— Wow, even yahoo screwed this one up: “Florida’s Michael Frolik (R) beats New Jersey’s Martin Brodeur, who was denied in his first try at record shutout No. 104.” … someone wanna tell the guy writing on the FRONT PAGE, that the Devils had a game Wednesday too… so it was the 2nd try??? Thanks, K-BYE!
— This is kinda all you need to know about it being a bad night….. (A. Greene 20:02 0 0 -2)… it’s actually kinda funny because I thought he was kinda GOOD with the stick checks and the little plays that kept the puck away from the Panthers and took away 4-5 good chances, and stopped an empty net with a slick little stick move….or am I covering too much for my man? :p
— the Devils had just gotten back into the game and it was 3-2 after the sweet McAmmond goal, and it looked like they were about to crank it up and get going again…..and they let Frolik rumble, bumble and stumble in CLEAN on that damn breakaway, and yes it was a sweet perfect move and abusrd finish over the pad… but you CAN’T DO THAT right when you got shit back your way, I know they’re human… they’re allowed a stinker between two rivalry games in Phily and Carolina but…. aw….. shit, this just took what was a revived crowd out of it too…. uugghhhhh

the Funny:
(not much here either…. we’re saving it for tonight)
— I saw a tiny, really skinny young lady walking into the ice lounge with a Langenbrunner jersey… and you’re going “ok, so what’s your point?”… well when you’re such a tiny lil girl like that and the name is SO DAMN LONG it gets all mooshed up in the back and you can’t read the thing and it makes ya even look more tiny and dainty then y’are… don’t do it… it make you look brittle and shit… stick with the small names… go Pairse (AHHHHH), Zajac….hell go Andy… we all should!!! Or even customize… I saw a MOM jersey… CMON MOM JERSEYS!!!!!
— My lone facebook contributor:
Steve LaFlamme …there is no ‘ctrl’ key on Andy Greene’s keyboard. Andy Greene is always in control. (we didn’t have enough for pure Andy Greene worship tonight…. I expect more tomorrow :p) (sorry guys I scrapped the SMS code idea… I didn’t think it was gonna save this write-up)
— but in the theme of it….. I did have an OMG WTF IS THAT MOMENT…. after the 2nd period I make my trip to the bathroom… I hear a weird bouncing sound… and it was that puffed up JS Giguere-sized “Lil NJ” (and I thought my “bastard son was a MESS lookit lil NJ eh??) and he’s bouncing through the hallways running up and down like he’s the freaking stay puft Marshmellow man…. or of course your 2003 Conn-solation Symthe winner as well…..

Damn I got nothin else… this was a stink, the Flyers are in 10 hours or so… I’m done here :p

Thoughts from Section 209: Devils vs Island-ddeeerrrrrssss, Nov 28, 2009

Well that was hardly a contest was it??? Still it’s nice to pound a team like cheap veal that is one, right??? Fret not Islander fans… they should be Kansas City’s problem soon!! Not much time here since we’re going to MSG to see the BU/Cornell game (hey I got it right!) in like an hour… so gotta rip this out!!

The Good:
— ROD PELLEY… he’s ANGRY!!! and INTENSE!!! And he’s GONNA PUNCH A BITCH (or is it “Choke a Bitch” I get my hangups confused) but damn he played ANGRY and that fight was most excellent… maybe there’s hope for ya yet Hot-Rod (no matter how much Rob hates you!!)
— Brian Rolston!! Welcome to the scoresheet… though please… NEVER again do the Lord Krang OMG I SCORED FOR REAL dance of shock ever again!!
— WE SCORED ON A FIVE ON THREE!!!!!!!! Our namesake is restored!!! And I loved the families RUNNING for the door before another “FUCK YOU SAM ROSEN” ensued!!!! 🙂
— Bryce Salvador…. 26 minutes… plus 2 and the job of playing with the young guys to give them confidence.. helluva job Bryce!!!!
— it’s hard on a game like this where just about EVERYONE played good (after of the first period which was gross)… and not a bad effort was to be seen aside of the stiffs who see 4 and 7 minutes of “quality” ice time….so well done for everyone else!!!!

The Bad:
— Matt Halischuk had a pretty good game.. but he had one shift of FAIL I need to bring up again…he gets an empty net (being in perfect position off the Pelley rebound shot) and HITS THE POST CLEAN *ugh*, then falls over trying to hit someone at the Islander blue line trying to come back on defense… d’ohhhhhh
— Taking 5 penalties on the Islanders?? Really?? I guess the pk needed the practice… but cmon guys… a little sloppy!!!
— Well despite his two points and his +2… it really seemed like Langenbrunner was kinda… sucky out there (no this is not to annoy Kristin or however she spells it :p)… and still he should give those points to Halischuk!
— HOW THE HELL ARE YOU A MINUS ONE in a game like this?? Oh yeah… you’re Andrew Peters and the Pikachu… BRING BACK SESTITO!!!!!
— We’re so depleted now that the Rod Pelley bomb that Biron snagged actually looked impressive too…. oiii
— It was good to get Zharkov his NHL debut and the youth is exciting…. but I can’t remember not noticing a guy who had 5 shots like he did…..

The Funny:
— the two best signs from warm-ups:
** Greene is better then orange ?
** And DIE GOMEZ DIE!!!!!
(Someone is confused on opponent :p)
— Also from warm-ups we learned that Nic Bergfors HATES KIDS… he fired a head hunter over the boards (almost) that looked intended for some puck-wanting kids in the front row!!!
— Guy in DiPietro jersey walks in to 209… looks around… and sits in the first row… guess the bad hip is contagious and doesn’t let ya up the steps eh??
— That poor kid who had to do that name the song contest….. First of all she’s in a pink jersey (bad enough, WEAR THE TEAM COLORS!!!!), she’s like eight, and then they make her name “single ladies” (really not a song to be rocking to at 8 years old… well unless you’re 28 and still act it…)…and then they give her a gift pack that weighs 800 pounds…cmonnn!!! How the hell was that lil girl gonna carry it???
— the YOU LOVE CHEAP MEAT chant for anyone who bought dollar hot dogs has to be HEARD to really understood and laughed at people… sorry… but I tried!
— The best save of the night… was by ME…one of the 209ers was tossing free hot dogs… the guy behind me had two beers in hand and couldn’t hold on to it… it bounced off him and flew past me… *snap-GLOVE SAVE and cover*… I got skills yo!
— A first ever hat trick within ONE POST… as I was typing….
And its three …one….new jersey!!!!! (Elias[2-pp… fuck you sam rosen!] (Rolston, Zajac) {10:30} )
…oops no it aint, 4 – 1!!! (Parise[15]…aahhhhh (Greene… ANDY!!!, Langenbrunner… still sucked today :p) {11:54}
Wow, 5 – 1…. Will I ever finish this post?? :p (Rolston[8] (Mottau, Bergfors) {12:32} )
The best two minutes you will ever have fully dressed 🙂
— After the fifth goal the section breaks out a BIRON SUCKS chant… 30 seconds into the chant he starts taking to the bench mopig the entire way… the whole timing and the visual of the “skate of shame”… most awesome!
The Almost-going-way-too-far with the Andy Greene Stuff:
— Seems EVERYONE had something to say with Andy Greene’s assist being STOLEN on the disallowed goal on replay….and they all knew I was gonna take it personally…..

** Josh Burnett: Whether it was in or not, you do not tell Andy Greene he has a goal then take it away. Andy Greene does not appreciate such antics.
** Deanna Over: Get some lavender candles and some eucalyptus massage oil for later tonight. Perhaps a strong bottle of red, as well. You can only hope he forgets, and it’s your womanly duty to help him along that path.

— And of course Andy gets one that NO ONE can take away… and…..
** Josh Burnett: Devils goal his 15th of the season scored by number 9, ZAAAAACH PAAARIIISSSEEEE (cue high-pitched tween girl screams)
Assisted by number 6, AAAAANDDYYYY GREEEENEEEE (cue high-pitched Mackie screams)

One more home game then it’s BUFFALO BOUND!!! Hope the lil bloggers up North are ready!!!!!!! 🙂

Thoughts from Section 209: Devils vs Caps, Nov. 4, 2009

Hey!! It seems I find a way monthly to really piss someone off in this place….
first it’s bad language, then I’m just a fat douchebag (from a chump in Buffalo
who has to hide behind a fake name, but it is Buffalo… if any sports fan has
the right to be bitter at the world it IS a Buffalo sports fan :p)…. so anyway…
love it… or hate it… YOU’RE READING IT and I’ll be in your face either way 🙂
(more so to mister Buffalo since I will be at the Devils/Sabres game in Buffalo
Dec 7, I ain’t afraid a mouth to mouth confrontation, hell ask Gina :p) ….Anyway
on to tonight, and a feel good win…. and WAH.. the Caps don’t have Ovechkin….
we don’t have Elias, Martin. Oduya (well Pando too but he don’t count)…
we still keep winning… so there!!!!

the Good:
— THREE GOALS… no sitting on the lead… two goals on the power play… this is all good! And the 3rd goal was HUGE when the Devils had their moment of Sutter letting the lead get to 3-2 with 96 seconds left… but that was gladly just an annoyance more then reason to be annoyed….
— Nick Bergfors!! The kid is making those steps… you know… from nifty player to kid you expect to see good things from with the puck (two power play goals don’t hurt…. neither does playing with Zajac (SCAAWWRRR!) and Parise (AAAAHHH!!!).. that can help your game too… ) but he also plays like he BELONGS there!
— Did I mention the power play?? Two goals…. FUCK YEAH!!!
— ROD PELLEY FOUGHT…. ROD PELLEY WON!!! He was actually kinda good tonight…. guess he didn’t like what I said!
— Brian Rolston!! OK, so what it was a Clark-a-round?? SCAWRRRREEE!!! And it’s a start…. 6 more this month and he might be alright!
— And hooray!! The Murphy AND Tammie curses are broken… she can come to games now and hope for WINS!!! (Now if only we can get a soccer playing Ninja Turtle to see a win this year…..)
— and how can I write a “Thoughts” without singing about ANDY GREENE!! 208/209 randomly chants for him on the power play and he trans-morphed into Sandis Ozlinish… he was all over the damn place…. was funny too that we all chanted… he winds to shoot and WE ALL STOPPED in awe and hope of Greene goodness!! (and we had 26 minutes of goodness too!!)

the Bad:
— I guess I could call this in the funny, but since I really HATE stupid people… this goes in the bad category…..
Why is it, the lower you sit the more retarded you are?? This fucking woman next to me is staring at her ticket and then her seat incapable of the simple task of reading both and sitting where the numbers line up!!! And you know of course… excuse me ain’t an option… let me barrel through ya… which ain’t gonna work with the “fatass” who jogged five miles today, walked another three and you know… still plays goalie at 36… just fucking say EXCUSE ME… you won’t die… you won’t get the swine flu and people might actually MOVE!
— PL^3 I love ya… you play hard… you hit… but dude… really… stop swinging your stick on the forecheck like you’re a Jamaican man in heat scoping for chicks on a nude beach by waving his mammoth junk to wow them! Control that thing!!!!
— I’m kinda worried a bit about the monster minutes some of our guys are logging again (Langenbrunner 22 mins? Rolston 17? Guess that ain’t so bad…)…. but still we’re gonna wear out our older guns… I know the 4th line sucks and the 3rd line needs work… but damn….this is not good when the schedule tightens…..
— I’m bitching off ice again… but how come they can re-pave East 22 in like an HOUR but the right lane on West 22 is out FOR
A MONTH… CMON JERSEY!!!

the Funny:
— The devils just asked me to do the pre-game game day rant (the one from the Verizon booth)…my answer “no thanks I do one after!” …. nice comment from Rob when I sent out the text to a few people…. “Oh DEVILS!!”…yes silly silly Devils!
— the premature goal horn as the Russian Vermin made a save that blooped over the net after Rolston fired… it was pretty funny cause it was obvious from our seats that ain’t going in!
— and no (GINA :p)… I was NOT talking to myself in facebook… I usually make some notes and comments I use here later… and USUALLY people chirp in and I add funnies to the recap here (remember I’m not allowed to write blogs… good thing I was doing them before they got named as such)… damn that Yankee (and for one person… soccer)… fever…*sigh* what a bad night to not care about baseball eh??
— speaking of… remember how they yelled at us for FUCK YOU SAM ROSEN last game (Obama-Palooza hit the Rock last week and everyone spazzed out… not like it helped ya Corzine!! I’ve hated him since he shook down the state to raise the sales tax!)…. so well we can’t say “It’s a power play goal…..FUCK YOU SAM ROSEN”…. but we can say it twice!!!
— and since I am dropping F-Bombs anyway…. would anyone else buy a team USA Jersey that said “AMERICA…. FUCK YEAH!!” on the front???

Wow, better get used to me sooner or later here… the home games are starting to pile up, 5 more this month… and then… oh boy….10 in December (I will miss 2 going to Buffalo, but you get one FROM Buffalo)… better hope someone else picks up the keyboard and gets to it!!!!

The Final Playbill

I thought it would be another day or two before we saw the roster but Christmas came a little early this year! The Devils have trimmed their roster down to twenty-three, and it looks a little something like this:

You may notice a few surprises such as Petr Vrana & Anssi Salmela grabbing roster spots. Vrana ousted Rod Pelley who was assigned to Lowell of the AHL. To me, Salmela isn’t exactly a surprise… after watching him play live on Long Island last week I had a strong feeling he had earned a spot on the big team — especially after his off-balance rocket that beat Joey MacDonald to put the Devils up 3-0. Salmela’s biggest Achilles seems to be his puck control at the point, but the issue seems to be cleaning up fast and shouldn’t even be a problem once the puck drops on Friday.

Speaking of Friday, the lines figure to look a little something like this:

– FORWARDS –

Elias – Rolston – Gionta
Parise – Zajac – Langenbrunner
Pandolfo – Madden – Clarkson
Rupp (Vrana?) – Holik – Zubrus

– DEFENSE –

White / Salmela
Mottau / Oduya
Martin / Salvador

Brodeur

I should also note that Fedor Fedorov has been placed on waivers. Apparently the Devils gave up on him and it’s not exactly a mystery as to why. The guy has a weak work ethic and that won’t carry you anywhere in this league, especially under Lou Lamoriello.

Although I can be quoted as saying that the team hasn’t done much to improve, I am ready to accept my helping of crow. After reviewing the roster and taking in a live pre-season game, I can see a noticeable difference in this years squad. They are bigger, faster, and a ton more aggressive than any team in recent history.

If pre-season was any indication, I think the Devils style this year will surprise many — players & fans alike.

Numbers, Signings, & Ugly Thirds.

Over the last few weeks or so there have been a few tidbits worth updating about but I haven’t gotten around to it until now. For those of you who haven’t already discovered that knowledge is power through some other news source, it’s time to play a little catch-up, 2manadvantage style!

– NUMBERS GAME –

With the return of veterans Brian Rolston & Bobby Holik coupled with the departure of Sergei Brylin, There has been some rare number-swapping rippling through the Devils current roster. Holik will indeed regain his old # 16 that he wore during his first go-round with New Jersey. Dainius Zubrus gave up the number for Bobby and will don #8 for the rest of his tenure with the Devils. It should be noted that this change will in no way, shape or form, have any effect whatsoever on the (dare I say) world famous “Zubbie Counter“.

Sheldon Brookbank will sport the #28 previously worn by Brian Rafalski after giving his old #8 to Zubrus. Brian Rolston will carry over his #12 from Minnesota, as Sergei Brylin’s #18 will be taken over by rookie Niklas Bergfors.

– ROD PELLEY RETURNS, KEVIN CORMIER ACQUIRED –

In under-the-radar news, Rod Pelley has in fact been re-signed by the Devils. The deal is 2 years with a cap hit of $550,000 per season. In addition to signing Pelley, Lou Lamoriello made a small ripple on the trade market, sending Sean Zimmerman to Phoenix in exchange for Patrice Cormier’s older and bad-assier brother Kevin Cormier. If my memory serves me right, the Devils brother-total now stands at 4. (the Giontas, Pandolfos, Parises, & Cormiers.)

In my opinion, Lou can sign as many brothers as he wants as long he doesn’t shift his attention west… Vancouver in particular.

Wait, nevermind. I said brothers, not sisters

– THIRDS HAVE (unfortunately) RETURNED –

It seems that even RBK couldn’t keep the third jersey away from the game. Unfortunately there will be a return of the cash-grabs this season. Some teams have already released their designs, while other mock-ups are being rendered by fans based on provided descriptions. You can check out some of the MOCK-UP JERSEYS here.

– TIME CHANGE –

The Rangers/Devils pre-season game scheduled for next Saturday, Sept. 27th @ MSG has been moved up from a 2pm start to a 1pm start.

That is all.

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Pre-season starts in just 6 days, folks! Who’s ready for a live-cap?!