This whole thing, all the rancor and resentment you get now from John Tortorella vs. Peter DeBoer, really has its roots in a 1982 migration, when the Devils moved from Colorado to Jersey and became the fiscally responsible little brother to the big-payroll Rangers. Before you knew it, the Devils got good and the Rangers got nasty.
“He called me a melonhead,” Domi said then. “Why should I shake his hand? If I shake his hand, then I’m his friend. I never have to be nice to him. He’s a jughead.”
Melonhead vs. jughead. Maybe that’s where the sharp edges were forged.