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DEVILS' POTENTIAL EXIT NOT CREATING BIG STIR AMONG FANS
Published June 12, 1995
"The relatively subdued response to the Devils' threat to leave New Jersey is fitting since the response to their presence for many years was the equivalent of one fan clapping," writes Mathew Purdy in this morning's N.Y. TIMES. He notes that it is ironic that while the Devils' winning has created a "surge in popularity," their "lure" is peaking as the team is "slouching" toward Nashville (Mathew Purdy, N.Y. Times, 6/12). In an interview with John Dellapina in Sunday's N.Y. DAILY NEWS, Devils Owner John McMullen says it was a mistake to move the Devils from Denver to New Jersey. McMullen: "Then-Governor (Brendan) Byrne came down to training camp with me with the Astros and he said, if I could help, he'd be very appreciative if I brought a sports franchise here. But I made a mistake. I shouldn't have done it" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 6/11). In Sunday's N.Y. TIMES, Joe Lapointe compares the Devils' situation to the movie "Slap Shot" (N.Y. TIMES, 6/11). Kevin Paul Dupont reports in Sunday's BOSTON GLOBE that McMullen, Devils GM Lou Lamoriello and NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman met recently in New York to discuss the move. Dupont writes the offer is so good in Nashville, the Devils "have to take it" (BOSTON GLOBE, 6/11). Dave Anderson writes in Sunday's N.Y. TIMES that McMullen has said a deal is not done yet and that NJ can still keep the Devils. McMullen, to the NJSEA: "You know what Nashville is offering. Give us a proposal." McMullen also notes he won't make any moves until after the Devils' season is completed (Dave Anderson, N.Y. TIMES, 6/11). Saturday's Nashville TENNESSEAN reports that NJ Gov. Christie Whitman asked the Devils' owners to "put a counteroffer on the table" if they are serious about wanting to negotiate a new lease with the NJSEA (TENNESSEAN, 6/10).