2MA vs. Sens Army: Part 1

Oh, we don’t have a problem whatsoever with Sens Army, they just happen to be rooting for the wrong team. Oh, snap!

I kid, I really do. We love all of the hockey blogs out there, and it really is great to see what the opposition’s fans have to say. During the playoffs, we’ve been sifting through some of the blogs and finding a couple sites that we really wanted to showcase and poke fun at (kidding!), and in the process we’ve met some really awesome bloggers. Ben over at the Sens Army came up with the idea of doing a little Q and A with the enemy and we just couldn’t say no…who doesn’t love cross-promotion, right? Ha!

Without further ado, here’s Part 1 of the Q and A:

BEN INTERVIEWS PATRICIA!!!!

I'm the best goalie ever.SENS ARMY BEN: Who is the backup goalie for the Devils and does he know how to skate?
2MA PATRICIA: Believe it or not, I am actually the backup goalie for the Devils. My skating abilities aren’t the best in the world, but if Marty did happen to die on ice, I think we’d have a relatively decent shot with me between the pipes.

…or, more likely, I’d be decapitated by the first Dany Heatley shot that whizzed my way.

SENS ARMY: Who are the Devils’ Leafs? (ie: a team that you would like to spontaneuosly combust and then piss on the ashes)
2MA: We Devils fans tend to really not like the Philadelphia Flyers. It’s more or less a ‘hey, your fans are assholes’ type of deal though. Honestly, don’t really have too much of a problem with the team itself, and without Floppa on the team anymore to make fun of, there isn’t much I can really do with Philly right now. There were times when we could say the Rangers, Leafs, and to an extreme lesser extent, the Hurricanes were our ‘jeez, the league would be better if you didn’t exist’ teams, but unfortunately, that heat just ain’t there anymore. It’s quite disappointing, really.

SENS ARMY: Who is the Devil’s #1 D-man that will be assigned to shut-down the Spalfredheat line? (It’s the best name we have so far – Spezza, Alfredsson, Heatley)
2MA: Wow, the sheer awesomeness of that name took my breath away for a second. Whew. The best we seem to have right now is the “ZZ-Pop line” for our wonderful Parise-Zajac-Langenbrunner line. I hate it.

Alas, to answer the question at hand, I’d have to give the #1 D-man responsibility to Johnny Oduya.

…just kidding.

Hearts for Rad Brad and Mr. 'chuk!No, really, I think Richard Matvichuk and Brad Lukowich are two key players for the Devils. Number one defensemen they are not, but they’re some of the only size we have left these days and Mr. ‘chuk seems to be amazingly versatile for a man who is coming off of a dangerous, sometimes career ending season-long salary cap injury. Brian Rafalski is our poor man’s Scott Niedermayer, and I’ll tell you what — I sure as hell miss Nieds. Stupid Ducks…

SENS ARMY: Now that Scott Steven is gone, who is most likely to end someone’s career (and possibly life) with a hit?
2MA: If I didn’t say Cam Janssen, all of Toronto Maple Leaf nation would threaten to end MY life. I’m still bitter about that, you know. Yes, I will FULLY admit it was a late hit on Mr. Kaberle, but dude hit the boards awkwardly! Can’t fault Janssen for an awkward fall! Yeah, we can get super technical and say that if Cammie J never hit Kaberle to begin wtih, then he wouldn’t have nearly snapped his neck against the boards, but you know what? That’s hockey. You live with it, you die by it. Hockey’s a rough sport. Deal.

SENS ARMY: What’s the state of NHL hockey in New Jersey? We see alot of empty seats on TV…

It might take a Cup Finals game, but we CAN sell out!

2MA: Yeah, uh, we kind of have a problem getting butts in the seats. Have you seen the sorry state our arena is in though,a nd I don’t mean the state of New Jersey itself wise-akers! Seriously, the arena is in the middle of nowhere and worse yet, in the middle of all that nowhere, there’s a gigantic sea of parking garage construction. We got this whole Xanadu garbage going on now — the Devils are getting a new arena in Newark and the remnants of the Continental Arena are turning into some super mall or something…I don’t know. Thing is, the fans (yes, we HAVE fans) just don’t want to spend $150+ to sit in an eyesore of an arena in the middle of swamps and parking garage construction. And, really, there ain’t much to exactly entice the fans either. I mean, seriously, when unscrambling the name “COLIN WHITE” on the jumbotron is the best you have to offer for entertainment value outside of the game itself, there’s something seriously wrong.

SENS ARMY: I once called the NJ Devils “laziest team in hockey” and “from a pure spectator perspective, they produce the worst hockey games in the NHL” – do they deserve the reputation as a defense-first team?
2MA: Hardly. Long gone are the days of Scott Stevens, Scott Niedermayer, and Ken Daneyko. When your top defensive unit more or less consists of Colin White and Brian Rafalski, you’re NOT a defense-first team. Problem is, we, uh, kind of aren’t really an offense-first team either. At the end of the day, it comes down to Marty. Marty stinks up the joint, the team obviously begins to falter. He shines, the rest of the team shines. Really, if it were possible for a goalie to be the Cap’n, he’d be ours. Patrik Elias isn’t exactly a Joe Sakic or Steve Yzerman, you know? I’m just not quite sure how to really describe this particular New Jersey Devils team. We’ve seen huge offensive threats like the 2001 team (a la A-Line and Mogilny/Gomez), and we’ve seen defensive domination like the shutdown capabilities of Stevens, Niedermayer, and the John Maddens and Jay Pandolfos of 2003, but the 2007 team is in a class of its own…and I’m not quite sure that’s a good OR bad thing.

SENS ARMY: If the Devils don’t win the series will Lou Lamoirello look like a total ass for firing Julien?

Did he ever smile though?2MA: Not at all. Claude Julien never found a place with the team. Believe it or not, a lot of Devils fans called for Julien’s firing merely WEEKS into the season…a bit much, eh? Well, sure, they didn’t really give Claude much of a chance but I think their initial thoughts of him were on point — he never really fit with the team. There are two extreme sides of coaching — you have the hard-ass-bad-guys and the I’m-going-to-be-your-best-friend-guys. In between, theres a whole mess of variation. The Devils actually need one extreme or the other — the Pat Burnses (Bad Cop) and the Larry Robinsons (Good Cop). Claude was more or less a “hey, I’m here if you guys need me, but I’m going to let you make the decisions and whatever that decision is, I’ll be okay with it” kind of guy…it didn’t work. Some teams, it would work, but for New Jersey, it’s gotta be one way or the other. Does that, uh, make sense at all? Ha.

Whew, that was fun, I’m definitely looking forward to grilling your butt in Part 2 of our Q and A! Stay tuned, we’re not done yet!


Comments

  1. Dick Dastardly says:

    1. Scotty Clem is a good guy, but he’s not a threat to take the starting job away from anyone. If we want Marty to be Marty through the end of his contract (and maybe beyond), we need a decent backup who can take 20-30 games per season off Marty’s shoulders. Scotty’s not that guy.

    2. When the fans chant “Rangers Suck!” randomly throughout the game, regardless who we might be playing at the time, I think it is safe to say that the Rangers are to the Devils what the Leafs are to the Sens.

    3. Pandolfo, Madden and whoever Lou decides to put on their line will be responsible for the Spezza line. I’m rooting for Jimmy “Pride of Brick” Dowd to be the third man, but Lou knows more than all of us. The D is randomly interchangable with one “stay-at-home” guy paired with one “faster than that, but not that fast” guy. It doesn’t matter which pair is on the ice, White/Rafalski, ‘chuk/Martin, Luk/Greene, doesn’t matter. It’s only when Lou pairs two slow-footed stay at home guys that we seem to get in trouble…

    4. We don’t have any bangers in the Scotty Stevens role anymore. Janssen is a hollow impersonation of a real NHL toughguy. It is a need Lou will have to address.

    5. Hockey in NJ is in a sorry state, and moving to Newark isn’t going to help. I mean, who wants to drive to friggin’ Newark? Isn’t Newark the murder capital of the US?

    But the real problem is just logisitic. Hockey fans are the loyalist bunch of fans in the world. We stick with our team if they win the president’s trophy and if they have seasons like the Flyers this year. The Devils are the new kids on the block in this region and there are 4 pro teams within a 90 mile corridor (Flyers, Devils, Rangers and Isles) By the time the Devs got here in 82 most of the hockey fans had already decided who they’d support.

    There are just too damn many Rangers fans in Northern NJ. Just ask Marty. The guys who coach Brodeur’s kids in mites are all Rangers fans.

    6. Claude Julien is a chump. I knew it in one of the first games I went to this season, when he obviously decided to sit on a one-goal lead for an entire period (we apparently haven’t gotten out of that habit yet). Pat Burns’ team never would have done that.