Classic Jersey to be Worn Once More

In a move just a few steps behind actually having a third jersey – which Devils GM Lou Lamoriello has expressly forbidden as long as he’s alive – the Devils fearless leader has conceded to the team wearing the classic Red, White and Green for one game this season.

That’s right – and entire 60 minutes of the throwback jerseys.

On March 17, 2010, the team will wear the old sweaters to take on the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The only two players currently on the Devils that have worn the old fashioned jerseys are Martin Brodeur and Brendan Shanahan.  The Devils stopped wearing the old jerseys after their 1992 playoff run, and changed to the “modern” Red, White and Black to start the 1992-93 season.

Welcome Back Scotty

Surprisingly missing on the official Devils website, but thankfully posted by the Star Ledger, Scott Stevens will be making himself seen this season with a larger roll of an assistant coach – sort of.

According to the article, expect to see Scott Stevens appearing on the bench during all home games.  He is also slated to make a presence in Lowell to teach the "kids" how to play solid Defense, and there are rumors he may been seen for a handful of away games, but Scott has denied that was discussed.

Fact is, Scott Stevens will be joining the coaching staff a lot more this season then ever before, and it is a welcome sight.

"We’ve had wonderful regular seasons, and that’s important and nice, but we have to get the right mentality when it comes to the playoffs," Stevens told me Monday. "That’s where it counts and that’s where we’re having a little trouble."

Interestingly, Lou Lamoriello had stated during the interview that he is confident the Devils are a team capable of scoring goals, they simply lack that defensive edge that has been missing since Stevens left.

 

 

I am leaving some extra space above to read as a sigh of relief.  For a moment I thought Lou didn’t see it.

Nevertheless, the Devils need to make sure that not only is there defense up to snuff but also to take a look at goaltending – I mean seriously take a look at it.

I am not going to name names, but we must face the fact that Martin Brodeur, in all his awesomeness (happy Matt?) is not able to handle 80 out of 82 games during the course of a season.  Looking back on last season, Brodeur came out swinging when he returned, but certainly looked fatigued – letting up some soft goals – and in turn lost in the last few seconds of game seven in their battle against Carolina.

I am not insinuating the failure during the playoffs was Brodeur’s fault, but simply stating that it was a collaborative loss, and Brodeur was certainly part of it.

 

That’s it for last season talk.  Any new details on the return of Scott Stevens will be posted.  Now if only we can get him to lace up those skates again… Oh well, a fan can dream, eh?

At Newark Airport and a certain Goalie walks by… (update)

So Wife had a good idea to stand by the Arrivals and Departures board – right next to the bar where Brodeur was sitting with an unidentified man carrying a bag with a Devils logo on it.

As we are standing by the sign pointing out random things wasting time, a woman comes up to us and asks if we see what gate the flight to Quebec is at. Keep in mind, the list is in alphabetical order. But I point it out to her.

As I’m doing this, Brodeur quickly walks on by to get in to the first class line. I wasn’t about to pull him out of line to get a picture, though.

An interesting side note to this, though. No one knew who he was. No one went up to him, no one was pointing – just me and Wife. Guess hockey isn’t as popular as I like to think it is.

Wife was really upset we missed him walking by, but I figure there will be a chance in the future to meet him I’m, sure.

I need to close up my netbook now as we are about to board – finally – after our mishap. Interesting, though, how this unfortunate circumstance led to almost meeting my favorite Devil!

At Newark Airport and a certain Goalie walks by…

So this is a little odd and I’m not sure how to react. I’m sitting at Newark airport (yes, right now). My wife and I are awaiting a flight to Minneapolis. We were delayed, then bumped to another airline, then delayed a second time. We were supposed to depart at 6 and now we are waiting until 9:30 to board a plane.

Anywho, Wife pokes my arm and says to me “Who does that person look like?” I look up and sure enough, I say “Brodeur…”

But it can’t be him… right? Well we keep an eye on him and he’s walking with someone carrying a bag. The guy turns and sure enough there is a giant Devils logo on the bag.

Across from our gate, sure enough, is a gate for Montreal. Must be taking a trip home!

I’ll post more if I get to talk to him, but I just hate being “that obnoxious fan.”