You are totally contradicting yourself.
If you're such a big fan, you'd continue to go to games and continue to watch.
You wouldn't even use free tickets to a game? Insanity! You're obviously not as big of a fan as you claim...
Do the Devils have SOME role in the lockout? Yes, a very miniscule one (a 1-in-30 role, to be exact) but I'll bet that Vanderbeek would rather see the lockout end then continue to see it drag on. It's frustrating to see fans get disillusioned with the teams/players they love when in reality, it's a select few people in power and their stubbornness that is extending the lockout.
Nice job chopping up my post and cherry-picking.
I'm not posting to fvcking debate you on how big a fan I am...sorry I don't live my fan life according to the almighty doctrine of JWomp. Wonderful for you, you keep on running back no matter what...you're part of reason that the Donald Fehrs and Gary Bettmans of the world are as arrogant as they are. Whatever makes you happy. I have spent thousands of dollars on the Devils in the past 25+ years and countless hours watching games in person and on TV. Nothing you have to say about my fandom changes any of that. Yes, I dare to be somewhat "disillusioned" with a LEAGUE that killed roughly half a season in '95, an entire season in '04-'05, and is at the very least truncating yet another this year, all the while showing zero regard for its fanbase, non-player employees, and the businesses that depend on the NHL to make a living. It has nothing to do with how a big of a Devils fan I am, and if you can't/don't/won't understand that, that some fans aren't just laying around waiting to lap up whatever we're blessed enough to get, then I don't know what to tell you.
Yes, I am disgusted by this nonsense, and yes, I am going to find it hard to embrace NHL hockey when it finally starts up again. Yes, in time I will get past it. But clearly this sh!t has gotten to me...like I said in my previous post, the other two times I came sprinting back.