It’s a slow Monday with a pretty uninspiring line-up of hockey games, so it’s only natural for our brains to turn to woolgathering.
— We recently learned, via the Star-Ledger, that the Devils dressing room is embroiled in “an iPod war”. The article seemed to be suggesting that Dainius Zubrus, emcee of the Devils dressing room iPod, was being picked on for his taste in music, with Zach Parise leading the charge. Since we’re so cool as to not have recognized a single artist or song that Zach was complaining about (hey, you meddling youths, get off our lawn!), we can’t really choose sides. But we’re pretty sure we have the solution to their squabble , a solution that worked so well last year when there was bickering about practice drills — a suggestion box! It’ll be totally anonymous so no one will know who submitted “Great Big Globs of Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts”… Greener.
— We’ve praised Tom Gulitti of The Bergen Record for his excellent Fire & Ice blog, but we’d also like to suggest that Devils fans make sure the Star Ledger Beat Writers Blog is a daily visit, too. Rich Chere (we know!) and Colin Stephenson have been doing some fun summations of problems facing the Devils, and Stephenson’s live blogs from games are pretty fun. What we have them most to thank for, though, is introduction to The Shot Club. TG’s mentioned it, too, but we’re fairly certain it surfaced in the Star-Ledger first. (But don’t hold us to that. You know are we are with things like “facts” and “reality” and “serious serious serious”.) Anyway, the gist is that Zach, Travis, Pando and assorted others hit the ice extra-early to practice taking shots. We can only assume that in Zach’s mind “The Shot Club” also includes smoking jackets, thick aubusson rugs, brandy snifters, and revenge plans. We can only assume in Travis’s mind he’s frantically trying to find someone else to carpool with so as to not have to get to the rink early enough for Shot Club.
— The Super/Amazingleague White Elephant Sale was a great success, with several trades going down. It’s good to see our normally staid GMs firing up the fax machines and phones! Keep up the great work, everyone!
— Look! One of Boxworthy’s ancient totems!