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Please welcome David Pavlak to KK as the site’s esteemed new NJ Devils blogger. 

(And please don’t blame him for the title of this post. That’s all me—it’s the summer and I think I might have heat stroke…)

—Alanah


Let me start off by thanking Paul and the KK team for this opportunity. I am an aspiring sports journalist, but consider myself a fan first. I attend college at Rider University, where my location allows me to view New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers games in my spare time between class projects, newspaper responsibilities, and other side jobs that college throws your way.

Growing up in New Jersey, I was surrounded by Devils fans in every which way. In fact, a Devils game on television was the first hockey I remember seeing, and what also sparked my passion for the game. Nothing was better than the hard hitting, goal-scoring game that was on the TV in my younger years. The Devils have a rich history as an expansion team, but I guess the Stanley Cup’s don’t hurt either. Some of the greatest players have suited up in a Devils uniform, including Martin Brodeur, Scott Stevens, Scott Niedermayer and Ken Daneyko among many, many others. Let us also not forget the single best hockey announcer ever, Doc Emrick. There is also a new wave of players for the Devils now. Big names such as Zach Parise, Patrik Elias and young Adam Larsson will be sure to sign at “The Rock” for seasons to come.

Now growing up at the time when the Devils were hitting their winning stride hurt my ability to want to root for them. Everyone I knew was a Devils fan. I wanted to be different. From day one my allegiance has been to Philadelphia Flyers. That’s not to say I don’t watch the Devils. Yes, I am a Flyers fan. I am also a fan of the NHL as a whole. Let me clarify for all your readers now; yes, this includes Sidney Crosby.

I want this blog to be an informational source, but at the same time, fun and interesting. I will be providing all the news coming through the Devils organization and including my own opinion into it because as a reader isn’t that what you want. We may know about a big trade that just happened, but you read the article to see whether or not you agree with the authors stand on the issue. Do me a favor though. Whether you agree or disagree, please feel free to share your opinion. I would love to hear it. If ever there is a Devils topic you wish to hear about, send me an email and let me know about it.

I hope you all enjoy this new blog on KK. Stay tuned for the first post soon!

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Welcome to the blogging crew.  I’m actually a graduate from Rider University… small word!

I’m a Rangers fan, and as such, can’t stand the Devils.  Now that I know you go to Rider, it at least gives me a reason to read your blog wink

Posted by Adam on 08/02/11 at 12:06 PM ET

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I’ve been reading Kukla’s Korner for quite a while and have often wondered when it would get a Devils blogger.  And now today I see KK gets one. A Flyers fan.  Now I’ve seen everything.  And Elias is a part of the “new wave?”  There’s a youth movement in New Jersey, but Patty sure isn’t part of it.  Come on, when Steven’s was knocking out Lindros in Game 7, Patty was scoring 2 including the game winner… 11 years ago.

Anyhow, with Kukla’s starving for Devils content here, I truly do wish you the best.

Posted by Pete on 08/02/11 at 01:00 PM ET

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Adam- small world indeed. Thanks for reading!

Pete- I’ve included Elias in the sense that he seems timeless. He is still a key member of this team that is relied upon night in and night out. He still put up 60+ points and played in 81 games for a devils team who struggled very badly early on. To me, if you play like a new wave player, then I’ll include you in that category, even if you are 35. Thanks for reading and the well wishes!

Posted by David Pavlak on 08/02/11 at 01:12 PM ET

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Why is White getting bought out. Just too slow?

Posted by steviesteve on 08/02/11 at 03:59 PM ET

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In the much faster paced NHL game that has evolved over the past couple of seasons, yes speed is crucial. Colin White didn’t have that speed. If I had to venture a guess, I would say it was a combination of lack of speed and production from the past season (6 pts in 69 games). He had 1 year remaining worth three million dollars. The Devils will save a million of that money and possibly look to sign a faster defenseman for cheap.

Posted by David Pavlak on 08/02/11 at 06:19 PM ET

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Yeah, it’s not lost on me that White went from a top pairing D to a 3rd pairing D (due to speed) in short order. I’m just surprised the Devils didn’t pair the lead-in-skates crease-clearer with a small/soft puck mover for at least one more year. They’ve had a ton of success with that in the past, and it seems like White’s immobility wouldn’t be such a big problem on the PK.

Posted by steviesteve on 08/02/11 at 06:34 PM ET

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