I'll have you know that I am currently doing my best to hold in the vomit while I finish writing this blog. Hey, considering the state of the Devils, I guess if you had to disagree with one thing they did over the offseason it might as well be the design of their goaltender's mask. Better to be aesthetically disappointed than athletically disappointed. Still, I am little bit bummed that the most positive thing about this roster, Cory Schneider, is forcing me to write a negative review during the only part of the season that I am able to retain an irrationally optimistic viewpoint. Oh well, I wouldn't be true to myself if I sat here and waxed poetic about a mask that have I am far from impressed by.
I don't even mind the inclusion of the New Jersey Devil. In fact, considering it's the namesake of the franchise, the illustration of the actual Jersey Devil hasn't gotten enough play through merchandising. However, if we are going to put it on something that I am going to have to see during 80% of Devils games does it have to be wearing a Devils jersey and goalie equipment? Isn't that overkill? I know that this is just a rough sketch and it will look much better when when painted on a fresh new helmet, but let's hope they don't stay completely true to the artist's original vision. Personally I don't think Lucifer has all that great of glove hand. Beelzebub looks like he's leaving the block side wide open. I don't mind getting Satanic with a helmet design, but let that design embrace the spirit of the organization and not the actual spirit of the person wearing it. That fiery ginger has wicked enough talent in net to demonize other teams without being portrayed as demon on his headgear.