Author Archives: Tim Joyce

Making The Case For A New Goal Song (Vol. 3)

Welcome to the final installment of our series where I suggest songs for you guys to choose for our new goal song.  You can check out the previous volumes here and here .  Now the Devils stole my thunder on Saturday as I was planning to use Seven Nation Army in this edition of the series.  But that was the first choice we fans have.  Choice number 2 will be this Thursday.  I liked Seven Nation Army a lot.  It sounded good, the fans got into it as the game went on, and it’s an easy song to chat along with.  Also, the version they used was going to be SO much better than mine.  So on the ego side of things, that worked out well.

So today I’ve got 3 final songs for you to check out.  Na Na Na by My Chemical Romance, Party Hard by Andrew WK, and Can’t Hold Us by Macklemore. Read the rest of this entry

Making The Case For A New Goal Song (Vol. 2)

I’m sure you’ve all heard the Devils are letting you pick the new goal song.  There are so many choices available.  So your friendly neighborhood General Tim here would like to help you in making that decision.  Be sure to check out Volume 1 for tips on helping you make your choice.

So today’s choices are going to be Bro Hymn by Pennywise, Hell Yeahh by Rev Theory, and Uprising by Muse.

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Making The Case For A New Goal Song (Vol. 1)

So the Devils organization has decided to let the fans choose the next goal song.  It’s a fantastic opportunity to let your voice heard (AGAIN!) and choose what YOU fans want to yell, cheer, sing along to, etc.  Now there are a lot of good choices out there.  So how do you pick and choose what is the right one?

Well your good friend Tim has the answer for you.  I have cut the Devils goal horn with numerous songs that I have seen mentioned on social media and message boards and also taken a few suggestions from my own brain.  Some you may find good. Some you may find terrible.  It’s all subjective.  But over the next few days I will be singling out a few of these songs and stating my case for why a certain song works.

Now when I’m not blogging for all of you fine folks out here on the intertubes, I have a career in music licensing.  You know those songs that you hear in TV shows, movies, commercials, and trailers?  Yeah I pick those.  So this is right up my alley.  If there’s one rule/thought that I want you all to have it’s this…Pick the RIGHT song, not necessarily the one you want.  We all have our ideas of what we want as the goal song.  I’ve seen the tweets.  But when it’s laid out for you, sometimes it’s not what you had hoped.  I had my idea of what I wanted until I started this project and it changed 3 times.  I finally have my Number 1 choice.  So that’s why I did this.  So let’s start with three songs today.  Howl by The Gaslight Anthem, Light ‘Em Up by Fall Out Boy, and Burn It To The Ground by Nickelback.

 

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Jagr to the Devils: Why it’s a Good Move…

JAGR557The Devils announced today that they have signed Wolverine  Jaromir Jagr to a one-year contract. A lot of people around the league and even some Devils fans have questioned the move given his style of play and the fact that he gave the Devils fits over his career.  But his style of play is exactly why this signing makes sense.

Jagr has always been a horse on the ice.  A large human who uses his body to fend off defensemen and controls the boards better than most players in the league today.  He’s a possession player and that is the type of player that thrives in Pete DeBoer’s system.  Look at Dainius Zubrus.  Thinking that this signing will replace Kovalchuk’s production is silly.  Jagr is 41 years old and not the player he was before he left the NHL originally 5 years ago to head to the KHL.  But the Devils did not sign him to be the player he was, they signed him for the player he is.  A strong, 1st/2nd line complimentary player who will anchor the first power play unit.  He will hopefully garner 65-70 points.  Anything higher than that are expectations that will be unfair to a player at his age.

The biggest issue going into this offseason was if they Devils could add to an offense that had a lot of trouble scoring last year.  Those matters were thought to have been rectified before Ilya Kovalchuk bolted for the KHL.  The Devils are incredibly deep in top 9 of their lineup now with the signing of Jagr that while one player may not score a point per game, the scoring could be spread out that this team could easily have 4-5 20 goal scorers.

This is also a transition season for the franchise as they try and infuse youth into the roster.  Goaltending and defense is, seemingly, set for the next 10 years with Schneider in net and Larsson, Gelinas, Merril, etc. on the blue line.  Up front is where the Devils are thin.  This signing paired with the 2 year contract that Michael Ryder received will allow the franchise to develop players like Stefan Matteau and Reid Boucher how they want and not rush them to the NHL and risk stunting their growth, as seen with the Islanders and Josh Bailey.

This was a necessary move for the Devils to remain competitive in a tough Metropolitan Division (that’s still rough to process…Metorpolitan…oy).

Be sure to give your own opinions below.

Key Dates in 2013-14 Schedule

The NHL released its schedule for the 2013-14 season after teasing its fans for the past 2 days in anticipation. The new division names were also released and are named Pacific, Central, Atlantic, and Metropolitan. Yes. Metropolitan. I don’t know either. I’m going to guess that means fans need to show up with opera glasses at games involving division rivals. Anyway, the Devils are going to be in the Metropolitan Division. You can see a complete schedule, and here is a list of games to watch out for this season.

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Free Agency Round-up

Now that the “Free Agent Frenzy” has died down, let’s take a look at some of the free agent signings the Devils made to improve the squad.

Patrik Elias and Dainius Zubrus – If there was one player the Devils could not afford to lose, it was Elias. The departure of the franchise leader in pretty much every offensive category would have dealt a blow so hard that the Devils would have been looking at a rebuilding stage faster than they wanted. Luckily Elias re-signed for 3 more years that will take him to the end of his career and he will be able to retire as a Devil. Elias has been the heartbeat of this team the past few seasons. I, for one, feel he should be captain, but he has declined that request due to past issues. Not only is he the heart and soul to this team offensively, he can play in any situation. Power play, penalty kill, center, on the wing, anything at all. So the Devils re-signed their most important free agent this season. In Dainius Zubrus the Devils are getting back their bulldozer. Zubrus may not have the point total you want to see but he’s also the type of player where if you watch him every game, you know what he brings to the table and it’s a lot. Very happy Zubie is back in the fold as well.

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