im on the fence here...
i simply think that there's extremist people on both sides... on one hands you have the guys after a 10 games losing streak that will go "TRADE AWAY THE WHOLE TEAM, FIRE LOU, FIRE DEBOER, MOVE THE TEAM TO ALASKA!!!" and then you have the ones that will convinced themselves that it's simply a slump with no puck luck and that the team is fine (even though it may or not be)
and i dont know why if someone pointing out bad things that he should be called out for jumping the ship, the team has quite a few problems this year and pointing them out is indeed realistic sometimes.
When things go bad it's one thing to go crazy at the extreme but its another to close your eyes and denying it.
but i mean... it's a fact that our #1center is under performing, our PP sucks, we're not scoring much, our goaltending has been below average mostly, our Ds even though they are keeping the shots low will mostly have an immense brain fart leaving a guy wide open on a side for an open net... those are facts and its frustrating but obviously we know the guys have it in them they did it last year they just have to get on the same page.
This. It goes without saying that everyone here roots for this team through thick and thin and if we're at the games we scream our heads off for the Devs until we lose our voices. That being said, I think it's fine to complain when it's warranted and you shouldn't be called a fake fan or told to go root for another team. That type of knee-jerk response is childish and stupid. Marty has been great for this organization throughout his career and we likely never win any Cups without him. I remember the Craig Billington and Peter Sidorkiowicz days and they weren't too fun. Marty will always be the face of the organization just like Messier will likely always be the face of the Rangers organization. But if he doesn't play well next year, he should contemplate retirement and go out on top. As for Lou, he's a great GM and i'm very thankful he's running our organization. But if/when he sits on his hands too long or doles out bad contracts when he does act, or seems to have a man crush on ex-Devils players and signs them onboard despite their level of talent.. it gets annoying and he deserves to be criticized. The guy is not infallable. Same goes for any player on this team. If/when they suck, we have every right as fans to complain. That's how things improve anyway... if a product is substandard and people reject it, it improves.
This organization is great and the fans are some of the most knowledgable. It's good to be part of it.