1. Totally agree
2. I feel like you use this as partially a business so having these events is especially important to you and yeah I mean they did promise those so we should get them.. But I also realize that in a shortened season it's just tough to plan an event when they really have no idea what the practice schedule will be.. No organization puts fan events before the team's schedule.. Devils are no different.. So I see both sides on this issue
3. Still just do not agree that these Tuesday emails should be something of incredible value every week. They gave us more than enough to make up for - heaven forbid - not being able to watch a sport for several months.. There are bigger problems in life, and at what point do we (and I mean this generally to all NHL fans) stop demanding retributions for that? I am actually genuinely curious about that
In response to the bolded part -- which has little to do with the OP and so I hope no one takes offense if I sidetrack the thread for a second -- generally speaking, the league as a whole did very little to "make up" for the lockout. So if some fans have not stopped demanding "retribution," I can undertstand it somewhat. Although in reality, I hear practically no talk about it anymore. Who have you heard that is still grumbling about it? As far as I can tell, for almost everyone it's been back to business as usual for a long time now.
To me, the fan anger over the lockout should not have been about that it kept everyone from watching hockey for a few months -- although that's how most people voiced it. To me, the anger was about that on the whole, this particular work stoppage was purely about greed and coud've been avoided had the league/players truly cared about the professional standing of the league.
The casual way the NHL went back to work with its drastically shortened schedule makes a mockery out of the normal regular season.
Sure, most people have moved on. But that's because what else could they do? You either accepted what happened or your didn't.
Of course there are always bigger problems in life. But one can use that argument for just about anything related to the NHL. ... The Devils don't practice their shootouts and that's why they are losing precious points? Meh, who cares, there are bigger problems in life! ... Lou didn't replace the goal-scoring hole left by Parise and Sykora? Meh, what's the difference, there are bigger problems in life. ... These season ticket holder Tuesdays are a joke? Really, come on now, let's get real, there are bigger problems in life! ... I could go on and on with that line of reasoning.
The lockout didn't seem to bother you too much, and that's fine. Apparently, if leaguewide attendance is any indication, most people felt the same way as you.
But there are probably still some who aren't happy with the league for what they did. I know for myself, I haven't given the league one dime so far this season. And I'm pretty darn proud of that. ... Yes, I have been watching the games on TV. And if the Devils happen to win it all this year, I'll be very very happy for them. Afterall, it's not like I turned in my fan card.
Everyone weighs things that matter to them differently -- and acts off of that accordingly
I still haven't accepted the blatant money grab that took place. It left a bitter taste in my mouth.