Thursday, May 03, 2007
Good News for Next Season
Empty seats will be scarce -- perhaps non-existent -- when the New Jersey Devils debut at the Prudential Center in Newark this fall, Devils principal owner Jeffrey Vanderbeek said Wednesday.
"Based on the response that I've been seeing, there's a decent chance that we sell out every game," said Vanderbeek, whose team is battling the Ottawa Senators in the Stanley Cup playoffs. "Even my optimistic self has been overwhelmed by the demand for the premium seats."
If you're nodding your head at any of the above, than the possibility that the Devils could sell out every game at the Prudential Center should make you smile. As should the possibility of the team turning a profit in the next season. While I'm grateful at the late Dr. John McMullen for purchasing the Colorado Rockies and moving them to the New Jersey Devils, I'm becoming quite fond of Jeff Vanderbeek as the team owner. Moving to their own building in Newark is proving to be a win-win for everyone involved. Except for the NJSEA, but who cares about them?
Ditto in Game 2, a Devils win where Elias set up Gionta for his first goal in that 3-2 win, while taking 4 shots on net, 3 hits, and playing 21:39.
Again, you may not be pleased with his production or effort - a criticism I think it more appropriate for the entire team than just Elias - but you must admit he hasn't been invisible except in Game 3 (wherein everyone was invisible).