– The story about Coach Sutter and Captain Jamie “Fuck This Shit” Langenbrunner had some legs this past week. Were we not Devils fans we’d undoubtedly be snickering at how the Devils are embroiled in more player/coach strife. However, since we are Devils fans we’re instead saying, “Hot dog! This team is finally going in the right direction coach-wise!” This isn’t the first dust-up Sutter’s had with a player (he and Arron Asham exchanged words in practice a few months ago) and each time the incident has been handled with aplomb by all parties. It’s almost as if Sutter recognizes his players might have short fuses and small brains but they’re also adults and should be treated as much. And it’s almost as if the players recognize their coach is a tough-as-nails-guys who has the team’s best interests at heart at all times. The quotes from both sides were a riot the next day: Sutter saying he knew Langer was just burning off steam from being upset at himself, and Langer saying he fought back even though he knew he was wrong because… well, he’s got a short fuse and a small brain. After the short-lived-but-terrifying-nonetheless Julien Era, it’s so refreshing to hear coaches and players communicating. Even if it’s arguing. On the bench. During a game.
– We do NOT like that Pando was not given his rightful A as soon as he got back into the lineup. Apparently Pando’s month in the preordained Schedule of Rotating A’s was January, but since he was out during the entirety of the month, Madden got to wear it in his place. We hoped that meant Sutter was going to recognize that Pando had been incapacitated and deserved to have his month deferred. Well, it’s February and Pando’s back… and Madden’s still wearing his A. This is inexcusable. And unconscionable. And unforgivable. If Sutter were to make a trip to stately IPB Manor, he could expect a very heated shouting match with us about this grievous offense. As much as we might love that he’s willing to shout at Langer on the bench for making lazy, stupid, costly defensive lapses, we can not endorse his blatant disrespect forPando. *Steely death glare*