Lindros Bigger than Politics. Devs Fans M.I.A. Flyers as Good as CheeseSteaks. S

Lindros story of being benched was as big as the Republicans winning the Senate and House of Representatives.

Kloucek trade bait.

Continental Airlines can hold 19,040 fans, yet the Devils have not managed to sell out tickets, not even so close.

How about that boost on the offense Lou?

I always loved cheese steaks, and I eat them at the seaport in NYC. Never ate one in Philly, yet! Flyers are off to a good start, but should fans cherish this hot start as much as possible before it….crumbles?!

No chance for Pavel Brendl, he remains the same.

It’s Shut Out Night!!!Ok, so what is the big idea about Lindros getting benched? I think hockey fans in the USA were more interested in this story than the Republicans winning. I am not into politics, but I must say I was glad seeing certain politicians not winning, especially in NY-state. But anyway, Bryan Trottier did the right move of benching Lindros, and no one noticed that Kasparaitis was benched too. Next day, they have a meeting, and then they join a two man scrimmage, and Trots and Lindros were on the same team 3 against 3. Next game, Lindros gets ice time, adds an assist, and takes a lame penalty, weak call, in the 3rd.

So, what is the big deal here? Up here in the NY-Metro area it is basically forgotten, and Rangers fans are glad that they finally have a coach who makes the right moves on star players. Meanwhile, ESPN continues the story, along with pro-Flyers Al Morganti. Not to forget, ESPN’s pathetic power rankings placing the Rangers as 29th because former Rangers scored points against the team, and, according to ESPN, they were Andreychuck, Weight, and Berard. Not to mention that other teams have a longer winless streak than the Rangers and weaker performances.

Lindros is no biggie, he is worrying about his game more than his experience of getting benched, which has never happened to him.

How about Tomas Kloucek on the block? Rangers farm system is piling up with defensemen, like Tjutin, Aufiero, Lampman, Zidlicky, Craig Weller, and Jeff State, making the monster expandable. Consider Kloucek a Kaspar-like defenseman, stronger, bigger, meaner, and stays more in his zone. Sounds great? Yes, but one problem. Kloucek already has 54 PIMs in just 9 games. Lots of fights, but lots of minors as well. Rangers take too many penalties already, and Kloucek would not be the best player to use at this time. Rangers need help on the first line, Kloucek is now trade bait.

http://www.newjerseydevils.com/2003/tickets/maprightframe.html

Check it yourself, and tell me why Devils fans are not buying tickets when they come in at a very fair price. PLUS, the team is playig a hot start of the season. So, why not? These are the Attendence numbers of every Devils home game (out of 19,040):

3-2 win over Blue’Jacks: ATT: 17,098.

3-2 win Preds: ATT: 12,363.

5-1 win over Bolts: ATT: 13,080.

2-1 loss to Canes: ATT: 10,328.

5-1 win over Hawks: ATT: 16,27.

3-2 loss to Flames: ATT: 12,315.

Out of a possible 114,240 attendance, only 81,211 attended Devils home games. At a time even when baseball was over, when basketball was not yet starting, and the Giants and Jets played once a week. What do Devils fans do during the times when the only sport to watch is hockey? This is quite unexplanable as well, ticket prices are very very very affordable. Where are these Devils fans!?

How about a better and stronger punch on the offense? Devils are solid against back up goalies (beating Hodson and Passmore), but they could not win against Jamie McLennan, who is a mediocre goalie at best. Devils need that sniper, that threat. Losing Mogilny, and then the A-line did lower the Devils scoring power, and so far the new version of the Devils has not produced very well on the offense, especially their power-play (ranked 30th).

However, it is just a matter of time and patience for the Devils offense to score goals. But, an extra forward who has the abilities to score would be of big help, and the Devils have enough to trade, though not in the minors. Marc Savard? No way, the kind of player that the Devils exactly don’t need. Valeri Bure? No way, that is Milbury’s type of guy he needs. Alex Tanguay, hey…you never know.

Aside from great cheese steaks, talk about a solid team. Titans, a Flyers fan, still disagrees with me, a Rangers fan, that the Flyers will make the finals. I picked them against San Jose, and it is the kind of Final that i am dying to watch. Hitch-cock has this team running like a V12 engine. Last season was just a slump. A slump for Recchi, Leclair, Primeau, Johnsson just a few points in the 2nd half, and the main scorers were Gagne and Roenick. There is still a lot of hockey left to play, 2nd half will be interesting. If they keep it up, this team will be ready for the playoffs. Why? THEY CAN SCORE NOW!

Pavel Brendl was benched in tonight’s game, as if that surprises me. Brendl should be traded as he is wasting a better player’s spot on the Flyers. Don’t create an arguement about it, he is basically a bust.

Kevin Weekes >> 2-0 win over the Sabres. 26 saves.

Dan Blackburn >> 1-0 win over the Flames. 26 saves. FIRST career shutout. Send back to juniors? Don’t think so.

Marty Brodeur >> 1-0 win over the Flyers. 23 saves. What more should I say? It’s Brodeur for crying out loud!

Jose` Theodore >> 3-0 win over the struggling Islanders. 42 saves. Getting his game back, and will win games for the Canadiens.

Thibault >> 5-0 win over the worst managed hockey team, Atlanta Thrashers. 17 saves, wow…what a sweat!

Micki Peroni


22 Responses to Lindros Bigger than Politics. Devs Fans M.I.A. Flyers as Good as CheeseSteaks. S

  1. SabresFanB says:

    Kevin Weekes >> 2-0 win over the Sabres. 26 saves.

    So can the Sabres suck anymore? How many goals on that road trip??? Oh yeah, 6 in 6 games. How many points? Ahh, 2, nice job. How many wins in those last 10 games? One. Yeah, keep up the good work. It’s time for a wholesale change with this pathetic team.

    When is this team going to be bought? I’m pretty sure there have been 3 bids on it so far. What’s the deal with the NHL dragging their heals with this situation?

    Hey Micki, what politicians didn’t you want winning here in NY? Golisano was by far the best choice for governer. I sure hope that you weren’t glad that he lost…

  2. rooney says:

    you need to remember something about the devils. devils have one been a team for 20 years so people that lived in nj before that are gonna mostly be ranger and flyer fans. i am 22 right now. once people my age have kids that are devils fans now then it will sell out. the new stadium will also help. there is pretty much no public transportation to a devils game. if you go to a devils game most of the people there are 35 and younger. the second thing is when you have the success the devils have had a meaningless game against the predators doesnt mean much. when the devils play a team like the rangers redwings avs toronto the people will come. I live in south jersey and wether you watch a philly station or ny station the devis get no respect. unlike the rangers our team is built the old fassion way. our team is built through the minors. look at the devils on the team right now that came through the minors.

    brodeur

    daneyko

    neidermayer

    rafalski

    white

    schwab

    gomez

    brylin

    madden

    elias

    gionta

    berglund

    pandolfo

    danton

    i could be forgetting some people that there arent to many teams with as many players on the team from their minors. look at the players around the league that have come from nj. it is impressive. if lou was the type of guy that bought free agents no one would come near to the devils. devils year after year get no respect yet we are on of the top 3 teams in the league over the last 10 years with the wings and avs. rangers were gonna crush the devils this year yet who is having the better year. i think its time for some people to start showing the devils the proper respect they deserve.

  3. rooney says:

    you need to remember something about the devils. devils have one been a team for 20 years so people that lived in nj before that are gonna mostly be ranger and flyer fans. i am 22 right now. once people my age have kids that are devils fans now then it will sell out. the new stadium will also help. there is pretty much no public transportation to a devils game. if you go to a devils game most of the people there are 35 and younger. the second thing is when you have the success the devils have had a meaningless game against the predators doesnt mean much. when the devils play a team like the rangers redwings avs toronto the people will come. I live in south jersey and wether you watch a philly station or ny station the devis get no respect. unlike the rangers our team is built the old fassion way. our team is built through the minors. look at the devils on the team right now that came through the minors.

    brodeur

    daneyko

    neidermayer

    rafalski

    white

    schwab

    gomez

    brylin

    madden

    elias

    gionta

    berglund

    pandolfo

    danton

    i could be forgetting some people that there arent to many teams with as many players on the team from their minors. look at the players around the league that have come from nj. it is impressive. if lou was the type of guy that bought free agents no one would come near to the devils. devils year after year get no respect yet we are on of the top 3 teams in the league over the last 10 years with the wings and avs. rangers were gonna crush the devils this year yet who is having the better year. i think its time for some people to start showing the devils the proper respect they deserve.

  4. rooney says:

    sorry about putting the coment in 2 times i hit the stop button on the first one and didnt realize it loaded up

  5. Glen says:

    I can’t believe you used Titans as the example of a Flyer fan.

  6. big_booty says:

    Yeah.

    He ought to be hung like Benedict Arnold.

    Damn turncoat.

  7. UsedandAbused says:

    Everyone knows what amazing talent scouts Jersey has and we are all aware of thier drafting success over the years. I don’t know where you come up with this idea that Jersey Devils get no respect. I am a HUGE hockey fan and one thing I can tell you is that the Jersey Devils do get alot of RESPECT! It is widely known they have exceptional talent in their organization. The only thing people don’t like about the Devils is that they are the most boring team in hockey to watch. They play that boring trap that puts you to sleep. It works as they have proven countless times, but it really is boring hockey. I think they might have more success with their fans if they changed their style alot. Brodeur is an excellent goalie, which with a defensive game makes it very difficult to beat that team. As a Flyer fan I hate the Devils and their style of play for various reasons, yet I have alot of respect for that organization.

  8. UsedandAbused says:

    First of all Brendl was benched because he originally wasn’t on the starting lineup. He was playing because of injuries to both Somik and Murray. Brendl has been solid and as Hitch***** (in a recent article) said he will give him ample opportunity through the season to work on his game and make a good run for staying on the team. So far Brendl has had a good start, so it isn’t fair for us to count him out yet. I guarantee that Brendl will have a carrier in the NHL, and he will be good.

    As or the Flyers making the finals…. Well as a die hard Flyers fan there is nothing I would like to see more. They certainly have the talent, goaltending, and the coach. Looking at it that way it seems probable that they will, but they have to beat the Philly Curse. They have to get by the boos of the fans. They have to prove themselves and keep their confidence, which in Philadelphia is the hardest place to do. They have to not be able to give up when things go wrong. Philadelphia is the hardest place for any Athlete to play and be successful. The fans will curse you when you lose, but when you win they will put you on a pedestal. The key to the Flyers winning the cup is by overcoming the pressure that is on them this season, and that is next to impossible to do. However, if they win they will be heroes in a city that is desperate for some. It will be worth it ten fold.

  9. mikster says:

    Sabres need an offensive spark, that’s for sure. I did a whole research on the Rigas family and holy crapper…..what a scandal. They are the unpopular Enron basically, even if they were nice guys…..or…i should say wise guys.

    I think Golisano was a joke, and i am glad he just got about 16% or so. I don’t like Pataki that much either, but he is a smarter man. Sorry, but the Democrats just sucked in this past decade. Just like Europe, this country needs a right-wing regime for a while. I am pissed that 78 year old fart Lautenberg won in NJ. But hey, can’t blame the ignorant lower class people who disliked Forrester just because he is a “rich man”….as if Lautenberg isn’t?

    Sorry bud, i just did not like Golisano at all…and it shows not a lot of people liked him either.

  10. mikster says:

    Ok, what about playoffs? What about in the STANLEY CUP FINALS AGAINST THE AVS!!! LAST HOME GAME OF THE SEASON and Devils fans leave the game when there are 7 minutes left, Devs down by a goal or two. I mean, give respect to your team by cheering them and wishing them good luck in Game 7, last home game for crying out loud….

    I don’t know why you went to the subject of ‘how the Devils are built’. That really doesn’t have anything to do with the attendance list i was talking about.

  11. mikster says:

    Blah blah blah….

    He was supposed to be a permanent NHL’er at least a year ago. If he was still a Ranger mostly all Flyers fans would consider him a bust. I would too, but not yet. I still have some faith in him, since he must have that goal scoring touch somewhere. But, he is very disappointing….he is almost a bust, and didn’t even do much in the AHL. AHL playoffs? different from regular season.

  12. mikster says:

    It’s ok bud, it happens.

  13. aafiv says:

    The Rangers are placed so low i rankings because…

    THEY SUCK SOOOOO BAAAAADDDD!!!!!!!

    Duh.

    How can a team with Lindros, Bure, Holik, Kasparaitus, and Richter be so incredibly awful?

    Apparanetly ESPN is wondering the same.

  14. UsedandAbused says:

    You said “I would too, but not yet. I still have some faith in him, since he must have that goal scoring touch somewhere. But, he is very disappointing….he is almost a bust, “

    Whats your point? Yea I am sure he is super disappointing to Ranger fans since they wasted such a good pick on him. Although when he came to Philly I think for the most part we felt that he was a “risk”. Meaning that we know the odds are against him. However thus far this year he has played good. You can obviously see his talent when he is on the ice. Whether he makes it with the Flyers or not I think he is going to make it. I think he is learning what it is going to take for him to be successful in the NHL. He may never be a 40 goal scorer, but I think he will be a good player.

  15. big_booty says:

    Lindros/Rangers:

    You carp about it being big news, why? You of all people should know that when superstar players like Kasparaitis and Lindros, who play in the center of the free world, get benched, it’s going to be big news, whether or not it was justified by the head coach or not. Stop making a big deal out of how big a deal this has become.

    Al Morganti is not always pro-Flyers and the ESPN power rankings are not “pathetic.” Just because those two media sources don’t have nice things to say about the Rangers doesn’t make them Satan’s minions.

    What do you know, the mikster calls another Ranger defender “trade bait.” All that needs to happen is for young Kloucek to get moved to another team and he’ll blossom just fine. He’ll follow in Kim Johnsson’s footsteps.

    Devils:

    Who gives a rat’s ass about attendance in the Swamp. The team is winning. It doesn’t matter how, and it doesn’t seem to matter that their statistics aren’t that gaudy. Bottom line – games are going into the win column, and the team is gathering more points than the opposition. Give this team credit where credit is due. Or is that too difficult for you?

    Flyers/Brendl:

    You sound like a certain leafer we all seem to dislike. Telling someone not to start a discussion/arguement is not only asking for trouble, it’s bordering on fascism. I guess titans is right when he calls you “Little Mussolini.”

    I don’t understand the deep-seeded hate you seem to harbor for this young man. Did he piss in your corn flakes one fine morning? Brendl was benched in last night’s game because everyone was healthy, and someone has to ride the pine – that’s a numbers thing, nothing to do with performance. And speaking of performance, to say that Brendl should be traded because he “is wasting a better player’s spot” is complete bunk. If there was an individual playing better than Brendl that individual would already have Brendl’s spot – Coach Hitchkock has already made that abundantly clear with Bruno St. Jacques and Guillaume Lefebvre.

    Brendl is still young, and there is plenty of time for him in this league. Like I said before, he is under no pressure to perform, and the Flyers have the luxury of being patient with him. Give him time to develop in Hitch’s system and he will do just fine. At least he’s not stuck in prospect hell like Jamie Lundmark.

    Goalies:

    Blackburn – One shutout in the NHL. As opposed to the many he could have had right now had he been playing in junior, which would have given him alot more confidence than he has now.

    Weekes – We’ll see if he can do it consistently and make Irbe expendable.

    Theodore – Still has a long way to go to escape the clutches of Jim Carey Syndrome.

  16. mikster says:

    He is just disappointing to anyone who thought he was going to score.

  17. mikster says:

    I didn’t make the big deal Lindros story another big deal. That’s your way of looking at it to just criticise. Reason why i put that subject on here is that it was a big story for more than 2 days. Ican understand for it to be on headlines for one day, but to be largely talked about for more than 2? Just plain idiotic.

    “Al Morganti is not always pro-Flyers and the ESPN power rankings are not “pathetic.” Just because those two media sources don’t have nice things to say about the Rangers doesn’t make them Satan’s minions.”

    You are misjudging what i just said in my article. It’s like, you take wrong turns. ESPN power rankings are pathetic because teams that are on longer winless slumps are ahead of others. And, the fact that they had Andreychuk as a former Ranger shows that they make careless and idotic mistakes. Don’t take another road and create a reason saying that ESPN had nothing good to say about the Rangers so that is why i called them pathetic. Stop making things up.

    “What do you know, the mikster calls another Ranger defender “trade bait.” All that needs to happen is for young Kloucek to get moved to another team and he’ll blossom just fine. He’ll follow in Kim Johnsson’s footsteps.”

    Remind me, how many did i call trade bait? Hmm, Leetch? No. Malakhov? No. Poti? No. Purinton? No. Umm…Lefebvre? No. Kaspar? No. Again, making things up. As i said, Kloucek will be good, that is my opinion. And, as i said, Rangers are starting to get depth on the defense for their future. When drafting Tjutin…that made Novak avilable.

    About the Devils, well…sorry if you didn’t give a crap about that piece. Do i care? Not at all. It was an interesting topic to me. Was i talking about the Devils as a team? No, so you didn’t even had to bring that up. Waste of time, and to me it was all blah blah blah. I’ve given the Devils credit, except for their offense and PP…especially PP.

    About Brendl:

    Since when do i hate the guy? Again, making things up. I always keep saying that i support him and have faith in him. I am disappointed in him, for obvious reasons. I watched him play, i love the Center Ice package, and he has improved, as i said before, but not as much as you’re saying. I watched him for 3 seasons and i can say that he shows more effort on the ice, better skating in the neutral and defensive zone, but that’s about it. I don’t even consider him a bust yet, but almost, as i said. So, do i hate him? No…so stop making that up.

    As for Lundmark, what the hell does he have to do with this? That shows that you just want to create another discussion. Lundmark is not stuck in prospect hell (???), why did you even say that? Better to see Lundmark improve in the AHL, get 1st line ice time instead of 3rd,4th line ice time in the NHL. Besides, he will get called up again this season. At least, he has been more successful than Brendl, Brendl had a hard time competing in the minors…so how can he compete better in the NHL? No clue.

    Goalies: Again, too much negativity against the Rangers. Blackburn is too good to play in the juniors. That might be pro-Rangers, but if he can play at NHL level, succeeds at NHL level, then he deserves to stay in the NHL.

    “which would have given him alot more confidence than he has now.”

    That is just trash. Blackburn has lots of confidence now. You have NOTHING to back that statement up. Just two rusty starts after an injury made you conclude that he is not NHL ready. But gee, last three times he was in net, he was solid, and last night he was great. The better he plays, the more confidence he gains.

    Theodore: He has great skills, nothing like Jim Carey. Give Theodore a better defense and he will prove to you he is no Jim Carey. Poor comparison too….

  18. RangerJohn says:

    Well, according to all the anti-Rangers fans,

    Lindros is a crybaby, eggshell-head, hit away from death,

    Bure doesn’t know what defence is,

    Holik is way too-much overpaid,

    Kaspar is too anxious to hit and sacrifices his position to do so,

    And Finally, Richter just plane sucks. Bad knees, and old.

    Anyway, its only 15 games into the season. Every season is 82 games long, so at the 82th game we’ll see if they still suck.

    Remember last year when the Islanders started like 10-2? They didn’t finish in 1st.

  19. mikster says:

    I am wondering why ESPN thought that the much worse Nashville Predators are better than the Rangers. Proves their lack of knowledge in hockey.

  20. laserman says:

    I hate to agree with Big Booty, but here I am watching Blackburn in goal and he looks friggin horrible. Three of the five goals so far he didn’t even see. Damn its gonna be a long year…

  21. mikster says:

    Lalime and Brodeur weren’t better tonight either. Blacky doesn’t play consecutive games….he has to get used to it. He played too well against the Flames. Sure, he was shaky….but give the kid sometime. He was shaky last season too and then he won 5 straight in a row by himself basically.

  22. MantaRay says:

    In an attempt to correct the subjective, misinformed, inaccurate and often bitter commentary by the hockey challenged Mikster:

    -You need to read better papers, the Lindros story got half a page compared to 12-15 pages covering local and national elections.

    -FYI: The US is in the midst of a two year recession, attendence is down for almost every team in the NHL and NBA.

    The Devils have some of the highest ticket pricing in the league, where did you come up with “affordable”???

    Expand your vision and stop focusing your jealousy about the Devils and Flyers.

    “Rangers fans are glad that they finally have a coach who makes the right moves on star players”. –This should be changed to “ONE RANGER FAN IS GLAD..”.

    Trots still gets booed in the Garden and is often taken to task in the NY press for his poor coaching decisions.

    Do you pray every night that Brendl gets benched? You desperately want Brendl to fail because it would make the lopsided Johnsson/Lindros trade even worse for the Rangers.

    If Pavel Brendl is a bust then so is Jamie Lundmark who is back in the minors. It also makes $9 million dollar man Bobby Holik a Ranger bust since he trails Brendl in scoring and in +/-.

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