Pre-Gaming…

Santa delivered for me. 

I write this post on my brand new laptop, which I badly, badly needed.  This one actually has all of its buttons, and has enough memory for me to actually do my job.  Yay!

And Santa delivered for the Trenton Devils as well, as they got off to a good start in their post-Christmas stretch, beating Johnstown, 3-2.  But…ummm, the Chiefs are pretty bad.  So tonight’s game should serve as more of a test for them.

Now, if Santa really wants to deliver for me, I’ll give him three names…Andrew Engelage, John Murray and Brad Theissen.  Reading, Johnstown and Wheeling are the next three teams to come in to SNBC — starting tonight, of course — and I sure could use some brand new goalies to get my holiday season going.

No news from the arena just yet…I’m on Trentonian duty for the next three games, but if anything pops up before game time, I’ll be sure to let you know.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

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9 Responses to “Pre-Gaming…”

  1. Trentondevilsfan Says:

    Congrats on the new laptop! On arena news,would love to find out if that stupid sign out front is going to ever work again…

  2. titans04 Says:

    How about an away game radio broadcast that actually works??

  3. Trentondevilsfan Says:

    Maybe the two are connected 🙂

  4. Section 106, Row F Says:

    First, let me apologize for using your site to vent. You’ve done a great job sharing Devils news and opinions, and we greatly appreciate you efforts. Congrats on the new laptop….I hope the Windows 7 bugs won’t be an issue in your future.

    Now my RANT! Kowalsky did some recent press interviews where he pointed out a few of the teams faults…and the press gobbled it up. I don’t think anyone can argue that the defense is lacking and the front men haven’t been crashing the net. Tonight’s game was another example. But to blame the players is only part of the equation.

    At every game this year, we have some talented players that show their moxie as individuals. As a team, they haven’t been able to find a way to make that gel and work out a base strategy or line up a set of plays. You might say that the team has some growing to do…or grant them an acclimation period, but surely that can’t extend to mid-season.

    The problem is what we have at each and every game, standing behind the skaters on the bench. Two inanimate objects that rarely communicate with the team. Two statues that even less frequently argue a bad call or voice their displeasure with anything. Arms folded, or hands in pockets, the men in the suits are a bigger part of the problem than the Lamarello family would want to hear.

    Rick and Vince have forgotten where they came from, and how they got to be where they are. This may offend some of our more well to do fans, but their the classic “suits”. The untouchable ones….squeaky clean, well pressed and afraid to get a little grit under their nails.

    Wake up gentlemen, do your jobs. And while your at it, COACH your team. They look to you for leadership. LEAD THEM.

    Share with them your knowledge and skills..and don’t be afraid to strap on a pair (of skates?) and show them what brought the glory you once shared with Trenton.

    DO YOU WONDER WHY FAN ATTENDANCE IS SO DISMAL?

    Remember, in ALL forms of business, if the employees continually do things wrong, it’s because the managers are failing them. Create, innovate and work WITH the team. Get your hands out of your pockets and throw away the ties – I think they may be cutting off circulation to your brains.

  5. JB Says:

    Section 106, I agree that Rick and Vinny are not particularly demonstrative. But that may be orders from the Lamoriellos. The Devils are a very conservative organization that frowns on expression, creativity and personality. I don’t recall any of their NHL coaches being that way and lasting very long. The Devils are about consistency with their system, no matter how dull or limiting or unappealing it may be.

  6. titans04 Says:

    Great and I agree with you JB maybe if the Lamoriellos didn’t put together such a lame roster in Trenton to start the season year after year these frustrations wouldn’t come up year after year as well. Besides there’s nobody in the building to notice if the coaches were to act up. I actually don’t blame the coaches for much of it here, they’re just puppets in Lou and Lou Jr’s world.

    What’s frustrating to me is hearing Rick for the most part be happy with the way the team played more often than not. At some point can it maybe about winning some games? If it wasn’t for the lame duck org that Johnstown is at this point we’d solidily be the door mat of the entire conference. Hell we still may end up there at this point.

  7. Trentondevilsfan Says:

    So tired of the happy about the play part. As for the org coaches, Lemaire is pretty outgoing and creative when he has the tools. Sutter is a dead fish in Calgary too. Being a loudmouth isn’t the answer, but comminicating to the players is. When they play like crap and the coach doesn’t see much to complain about…no wonder we keep seeing more of it.

  8. titansman Says:

    you are all talking about the guy that was the ECHL coach of the year last year right. Not to say that the team is playing outstanding hockey this year so far, but if you were near the bench you would hear a lot more than apparenty you think. Not in the league of Haviland or Horachek but I’ve heard him be warned by the Ref many times to shut up. The problem is goal tending should have been a strength this year but to me Coleman has been a big disappointment. Reading again was shooting glove side and successful, and could we please learn how to clear the puck. This team can play very well at times and very bad at times, unfortunately all during the same game.

  9. chiarams Says:

    Rick was indeed the coach of the year last year, but he seems to have regressed back to his god-awful coaching ways of the first two years he was here.

    He’s supposed to be teaching these guys throughout the game, not just during practice. If that isn’t his forte, then maybe another line of work in the hockey world would be more befitting of him.

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