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NHL.com at Stanley Cup Final Media Day

Tuesday, 05.29.2012 / 3:05 PM / Devils vs Kings - 2012 Stanley Cup Final

By Dave Lozo - NHL.com Staff Writer

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NHL.com at Stanley Cup Final Media Day
NHL.com's Dave Lozo gives you the up-to-the-minute insider news out of Media Day at the 2012 Stanley Cup Final live from Prudential Center.

Wrapping up media day

May 29, 2012 -- 3:05 PM ET

Mike Richards and Jeff Carter, the two former Flyers with a second shot at Cup glory, finished up the Kings' media session.

What have we learned today? Many things, I think.

One, Martin Brodeur said he's leaning toward coming back for another season, no matter what the outcome may be of this series.

Two, Zach Parise can still answer questions despite a scuffle breaking out between reporters at his side.

Three, walking up to three guys you don't know and engaging them in small talk is harder than walking up to three women you don't know and engaging them in small talk.

Four, Jonathan Quick prefers to hold his media availability with a hat and hoodie pulled up over his head. It's very Ice Cube in Boyz In The Hood-ish.

Five, Mike Richards and Jeff Carter will wait until there are seven minutes left in availability to talk to you, but you'll get what you need.

I hope you had as much fun as I did. That pasta and chicken earlier in the day really did hit the spot. Now it's time to bang out some stories on all these guys and get them up on the site for YOU, the loyal reader, to consume and enjoy. Or not enjoy. I'm sure you won't like all the stories. Especially mine. I'm very insecure about my writing, so please don't yell at me.

Actually, that's not true. I'm great. Have a nice day.

-- Dave Lozo


Not everyone is flooded with media

May 29, 2012 -- 2:15 PM ET

Right now, Jonthan Quick is being crushed with questions. Same can be said for Dustin Brown, Dean Lombardi and Drew Doughty, but sometimes role players don't get the same love.

Trevor Lewis, Brad Richardson and Alec Martinez were sitting alone at a table with Richardson trying to Instagram Quick during his scrum. Being the annoying journalist I am, I went over to make them feel loved, or, in their eyes likely, to annoy them when all they want to do is be left alone. Some highlights from our informal chat:

* They all like Dustin Brown as their Conn Smythe, although Quick is a very close second.
* They have no interest in hearing any jokes I have that start, "Guy walks into a bar..."
* They now know how long it takes to get to midtown Manhattan from Newark
* The question they've gotten the most on their run to the Cup Final is the feeling of getting there, which, you won't believe it, is really great.

That's all for now. The second half of the Kings' session will start soon.

-- Dave Lozo


Tensions mounting as Devils session ends

May 29, 2012 -- 1:45 PM ET

The Stanley Cup Final is a pressure-packed  two weeks, with both teams scratching and clawing for every inch of space in order to achieve their ultimate goal.

The same can be said for the media. During the end of Zach Parise's media session, a newspaper scribe and television guy began shoving each other in order to get their recorder and microphone, respectively, and it resulted in Parise having a microphone hit him in the face.

Being the focused athlete that he is, Parise powered through the spat and shot to the face to answer a question about Martin Brodeur.

Ah, media day.

The Kings are coming out next. Stay tuned.

-- Dave Lozo


Devils defense? Not so fast, says Elias

May 29, 2012 -- 1:45 PM ET

The Devils have a reputation of trapping it up, something that helped them win a Cup in 1995. That stigma has stayed with the team through two more Stanley Cups but has been shed under coach Peter DeBoer this year.

Or maybe not.

Patrik Elias was asked about finally getting rid of the label this year, but Elias fired back right away and pointed out when the Devils went to back-to-back Cup Finals in 2000 and 2001, they were the NHL's best team. It was as if he had been holding that in for 10 years before letting out a deep sigh and pointing out the Devils' offensive ways back then.

Ah, media day.

-- Dave Lozo


Oh, Marty

May 29, 2012 -- 1:25 PM ET

Brodeur was asked, as he has been multiple times since the start of the Eastern Conference Finals, why the Devils are second-class citizens compared to the Rangers. The Devils have three Cups compared to the four from the Rangers, who have been in the NHL nearly three times as long.

Brodeur talked about how the Rangers have more fans, sure, but the Devils are closing the gap by building this arena here in Newark and said it's better compared to the older arenas, the Continental Arena which used to be the Francis Byrne Arena.

Well, that's half-true. The arena used to called the Brendan Byrne Arena, which was named after the state's former governor. However Francis Byrne is someone who I can't decipher via a Google search. He has a golf course named after him in Essex County in New Jersey, and perhaps Brodeur has played 18 holes there. Either way, hearing it called Byrne was a blast from the past. Man, I'm old.

-- Dave Lozo


Devils media day under way

May 29, 2012 -- 1:13 PM ET

The first wave of Devils have taken to the concourse here at the arena. Coach Peter DeBoer and GM Lou Lamoriello have by far the biggest swell of reporters around them. Also in the first group of Devils are Adam Henrique, Martin Brodeur, Bryce Salvador, Alexei Ponikarovsky and Adam Larsson. I've yet to hear anyone say anything controversial or downright hilarious, but everyone is dressed very nice in the reporters pool.

Martin Brodeur just sat down, so I'm going to head over there to see if he says anything good.

-- Dave Lozo


Kings take the ice at Prudential Center

May 29, 2012 -- 12:22 PM ET

The Kings are being put through the paces on the main sheet at Prudential Center right now, after the Devils had their practice on the auxiliary rink. Media have descended upon the Acela Club here in the arena, which is basically these suite areas where fans usually gathere to watch the game. Instead, it's reporters filling their faces with chicken, pasta and cookies, all of which I am happy to report were delcious.

There's not much I can gather from this practice, other than the fact not enough guys are wearing the gold and purple jerseys. I'm way too far away to tell who is in the gold and who is in the purple, but those guys are the winners in my book. I'm willing to start a petition to get the Kings to wear the throwback jerseys in Game 1.

Well, there's another entry in the books. To recap -- I ate chicken, pasta and one cookie and the Kings were gold and purple. Stay tuned for more exciting updates when Devils media availablilty starts at 1 p.m.

-- Dave Lozo


Welcome to Stanley Cup Final media day

May 29, 2012 -- 11:30 AM ET

Media day. What is it? Why does the media get its own day? Does the media deserve its own day? It's not like Mother's Day or Father's Day or Flag Day, because moms, dads and flags are cool while we all know the media is filled with people who have no idea what they're talking about and steal a paycheck every two weeks at the expense of you, the fan.

Actually, none of that is true. That's just what I read on comments of my stories. The media is full of winners, and they will be flooding the main concourse at Prudential Center throughout the afternoon to talk to members of the New Jersey Devils and Los Angeles Kings on the eve of Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. If you're a fan and have ever walked around an arena during intermission, it will be just like that, only replace fans with media, concession vendors with pro athletes, and beer and food with questions and answers.

The Devils are in the middle of their practice right now and will have their media day at 1 p.m. Basically, the way it works is, every member of the Devils will sit at a designated area for about 20-30 minutes and field questions from every reporter that has descended upon Newark. It's always fun to see lesser-known guys get the swarm of media when they're not used to it. It's like being a nerd in high school, going to prom by yourself, then having every girl in the place come up to you to talk to you.

Actually, that's a terrible analogy, because reporters asking about your forecheck isn't all that fun for the player. Let's move along.

The Kings will meet with the media at 2 p.m. after their noon practice here.

That's the scene right now. I'll try to keep this updated with interesting tidbits and whatnot, so check back throughout the day.

-- Dave Lozo

Quote of the Day

I just think about how much it hurts. The feelings aren't going to go away, probably never. It's just something that sticks with you for a long time.

— San Jose forward Logan Couture to The Canadian Press on the Sharks' first-round loss to the Kings after taking a 3-0 series lead