2013 New Jersey Devils (Team News, Player Discussion - Part II)
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01-14-2013, 11:09 AM
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Middletown, NJ
I'm pretty late to the party on this one but I have no problem raising the ECF banner before the opener. If we didn't beat the Rangers to do it, maybe not, but that series win is something I'm incredibly proud of. We went from a lottery team coming off our worst season in 20+ years to the best team in the East, beating our top seed and hated rival to get there. That's a huge accomplishment. It's not like 2001 where we came from a Cup win, our second in 5 years, and winning the Cup was the only accomplishment possible. We haven't been that dynasty team in 10 years.
I don't mean to belittle anyone for having a different opinion, but the way I see it, if you don't want to see that banner celebrated then you shouldn't talk about Henrique's goal in the positive light many of us hold it to ever again. It's just another playoff goal by that logic.
That banner deserves to be celebrated, especially considering that 20 players are returning from that team. Let them enjoy it one last time.
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