New Jersey Devils During The Lockout

Congratulations to Mr. Jeff Vanderbeek and the rest of the “Devils’ Army”.  Today we got good news and some more good news.

It is assumed that by relieving his partners and squaring away any looming debts, Jeff Vanderbeek, the new sole owner of the Devils can go on building a Championship team, right where he left off in 2012.  Not surprisingly many Devils fans are up in arms, now knowing the future is bright.  I recall riding the train from South Amboy, NJ for last year’s series against the New York Rangers. A lot of Devils talk was based on the future of the team and whether the financial foundation was going to collapse. We felt like we were losing our team with all the negative New York press.  There was a decent stretch where the New York Post would try to cast the darkest cloud over our team even in the light of our Conference Title over the New York Rangers.  New York fans and media are a ruthless bunch, but the Jersey nation is basking in it’s glory. Hey!…Hey!… Hey!Hey!Hey!

In other news, we are hearing great progress is being made or so it seems in the lockout negotiation.  Devils beat writer Tom Gulitti has witnessed negotiations going into the wee hours of the night and there is certainly a sense of desperation coming through the press.  It’s not difficult to understand a great amount of damage has been done to the local communities and sponsors of the game. “More importantly”, a great deal of damage has been done to the pockets of the league and the players.

If this gets resolved in time here is what we can look forward to in a shortened season:

We can expect a fresh Marty Brodeur, a most-prepared Ilya Kovalchuk, and a dangerous New York Ranger team that I believe will benefit most from a shortened season.  Coach John Tortarella should still have his team’s legs come playoff time, however he has a formidable foe just across the Hudson River.  New Jersey Devils Coach Pete DeBoer has figured his system out and should keep them under his thumb the entire year. I expect the Devils to go undefeated against the Rangers in a 2013 season and I predict another conference showdown……with another Devils victory.  For Rangers fans, they’ve been outclassed, out coached, and Marty has proven that he is better. 

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