I've been a NJ Devils fan for 38 years, and I have to say last season was exciting with a bummer of an ending. Las Vegas winning doesn't bother me one bit like it does other people, who blame Gary Bettman for giving them the Stanley Cup like people blame Joe Biden for stuff he didn't do. But I digress..
I admit I'm a bit wary when the Devils are picked as a "team to watch" or a "Cup contender," but what it is is what it is. Lots of high priced players and shaky goaltending is not the best combination. I hope it works.
The predicters predict many things before pre-season, and last I heard was:
Edmonton and Toronto facing players wanting out.
Calgary and Vancouver are collapsing from fan our team revolt.
Arizona moving from a 5,000 seat arena to anywhere but Quebec, and if Bettman has his way, staying in Arizona.
Tampa somehow circumventing the salary cap.
Detroit fans being disappointed.
Boston expecting more with less.
Columbus being on the rise but another disappointing season is approaching.
The New York Rangers having a decent season, and somewhere in December they'll talk about how the train station wants to kick MSG off of its back, then the story is forgotten about.
Pittsburgh maybe dealing stars during the season while they still have some value.
Montreal fans being bummed out again.
Another US-based team winning the Stanley Cup, adding to the cup drought in Canada, but people in Canada saying "most players on the (winning team) are from Canada!"
Seattle getting better and possibly challenging to go to the Cup finals.
... and lets not forget the silly rumor of Atlanta getting ANOTHER expansion team!?
I'm not a gambler, I like when my team wins and it's a bummer when they lose. I hope they have a good season.
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