NHL Veteran Daniel Briere Calls It A Career

by Trapp

Danny B has played his final game in the NHL and it’s too bad it was with the Avalanche. All the damage he did against teams throughout his career in the playoffs was fun to watch except against my Rangers in 2007 but I digress. The former 1996 first round pick to the Phoenix Coyotes exits the game without a Stanley Cup. When healthy he was an exciting player to watch and he scored some clutch goals and did the same celebration legitimately every time. 

Not to mention the guy put 30 points in 2010 playoffs as a member of the Flyers when they went on to eventually lose to Chicago in the finals.


Kovalchuk Leaves Devils Causing Giant Shitstorm of Stupidity on Social Networks

By Jake

Around 3 P.M. ET Thursday afternoon, news broke that Devils’ star Ilya Kovalchuk was prematurely announcing his retirement from the NHL.

At approximately 3:15 P.M. ET a social media phenomena known to experts in the field as a “Shitstorm” commenced. The Devils Army, you know the guys who pay for the $10 dollar College Night seats and pretended to know who the fuck Scott Niedermayer was on his jersey retirement night, took to Facebook and Twitter to voice their dismay.

One who happened to be perusing the two sites at that time period would be sure enough to find statuses and tweets that read something kind of like this:



“Omg… What a pussy.. Wtf.. First Parise then Clarkson now Kovy!! Wtf!?”

And one more for good measure…

“I tend to post about hockey only during the playoffs or when the Devils play the Rangers, but guess what? Fuck You Kovy”

OK that last one was an exaggeration but I think it’s a good representational paraphrase of the shitstorm.

Look, “Devils fans,” calm down. Where was your outrage when Gomez bolted for New York? Did you cry when Rafalski went to the Wings? (I know I did.) And what about Holik?

Point is: As a lifelong Devils fan, I’m embarrassed; not because our “star” player retired, or because we have no first round draft pick next summer, but because of the fact that the majority of our fan base has the mindset comparable to a 13-year old girl on MySpace. You see everything with tunnel vision, you have no idea what real life is about (Kovy needed to be with his family), and you are probably a bandwagoning whore. OK sorry that last part was just for the girls who claimed to be hockey fans because they were thirsty for Parise.

Everyone relax. Kovalchuk’s retirement is bad for the Devils short term, but not a bad thing long-term. They get out of that monstrous contract and can be a major player in NHL Free Agency each summer. Devils have a good crop of young talent (Henrique, Boucher, Larsson, Schneider) so don’t lose your mind when a player, who you probably couldn’t tell me who the Devils traded to get, retires to go be with his family.

Best of luck to you Kovy…