How do you build a new hockey team?
That was the sizzling question confronting Devils owner Dr. John McMullen after the NHL approved the transfer of Denver's franchise to The Meadowlands.
While figuring out where to put the building blocks, Doc Mac was compelled to pay an unprecedented NHL transfer fee because, as he put it, "The alternative was no team."
Always handy with a quip, Dr. McMullen added: "It's like deciding what's better than not being alive?"
The good doctor was very much alive and so was the potential Devils fan base. A year before his team arrived in East Rutherford, Dr. McMullen watched 18,123 fans jam Byrne Arena for an exhibition game between the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers.