Speaking of 'Stranger Things', is there even one thing stranger than the New Jersey Devils - of all franchises - somehow becoming...::gassssp::... likable?! Forget about demogorgons crawling through living room walls and literally turning the world upside down by passing through space-time continuums. You want to hear some frightening shit? The Devils are no longer the same organization that ignored the internet's existence more staunchly than the grandfather sitting in his porch top rocking chair patiently waiting to read 18 hour old news in the morning paper. Not only that, but they damn sure ain't the same team that "ruined the entire sport of hockey" by...uhh...being super fucking good at for a long ass time, I guess?
You want to lie wide awake staring at the ceiling tonight? Don't log-in to NetFlix and watch a (damn good) show about children trying to find their friend that disappeared at the hands of an otherworldly monster. Instead, try not to laugh at Adam Henrique's twitter feed while reading up on the Devils new interactive media deal with 'IHeartMedia'. Don't re-watch Winona Rider do far too good of a job playing a raving lunatic. Tune in to watch Taylor Hall lead a younger, faster group of forwards that are well on their way to shedding the long fictitious stereotype that this team plays a boring brand of hockey no matter who is behind the bench or on the roster. Let the fact that the entirety of the New Jersey Devils brand is an increasingly attractive one sink in, and see if it doesn't send chills down your spine.
As much as the Devils get shit for not having all that many fans, I could probably do without the new ones that are undoubtedly going to jump on board as this franchise improves on the ice and promotes themselves off the ice. That said, I will welcome them. Not to shut up those people who talk shit about their teams selling out games because that's literally their only "accomplishment", but to see the looks on people's faces when they are forced to go back on decades of generic, eye-roll inducing criticism and admit that the Devils are making hockey in New Jersey fun again.