This is Don Lever. He was a good hockey player for a long time, originally with Vancouver before they traded him (the Canucks used to trade all of their good players) and he spent a few seasons with the New Jersey Devils in the early 1980s.
I liked Lever, but am not a fan of the Devils. I’m at an age where disliking hockey teams seems a bit of a waste and to be honest with you at this point in my life it’s hard to build up a good, honest rage about most teams. Among the clubs who still rank up there on my list of assclowns are the New Jersey Devils.
Why? They push the rules in an ugly manner. Always have, always will. If you want proof, the easiest way to find it is google “New Jersey” and “transactions since NHL lockout” and you’ll find all manner of moves that went beyond the boundaries. You might also read the bio of Alexander Mogilny and have a look-see about what kind of respect is given even great players. New Jersey is run in an antiseptic manner and run by a guy who personifies arrogance.
Then there’s the whole New Jersey “aura of winning” and Martin Brodeur’s counting numbers. Personally I think the hockey Gods will punish Lou and his swamp things for what they did to Alexander Mogilny (and others) for a long damn time.
Despite the recent losses I’m feeling pretty good about this hockey club. As reported by Nancy (via Tencer) in the thread below the Oilers lined up like this at yesterday’s practice:
This represents a thaw in MacT’s “Pisani at center” experiment plus it gives the coach two lines who can carry boulders. It also means that the Gagner line is either going to get a tough match (which would mean the other two lines will get some better matchups) or they’re going to be playing against lesser men. Either way, I think we can look at this as a genuine effort by the coach to shuffle the deck and it means players like Pouliot, Brodziak and Penner may have a chance to have their roles re-defined to match their skills.
I’d like to take a moment to talk about all of these goalie trade rumors. I’ve read about New Jersey acquiring Garon, about the Oilers having interest in Kari Lehtonen in Atlanta and of course many rumors about Dwayne Roloson being dealt soon.
Let’s look at a few facts:
- the Oilers best goalie this season has been Dwayne Roloson.
- the Oilers have only one real option for #1 goalie on their roster this season-Garon.
- the coach isn’t going to give the rookie 20 starts this season.
So the only rational option is to send the kid down. Risk waivers, if they lose him well then wish him well and look to sign another veteran next summer as part of a tandem led by Garon (if he earns a contract).
About the only silly thing to do right now is trade Roloson or Garon, and the more these rumors persist the more I worry about Tambellini’s first move being a disaster.