Posted 25 October 2013 - 11:57 AM
The stiff atmosphere had more to do in the fact that it was October against a team, while somewhat high-profile, we don't have a rivalry with, only see at the Rock at most once a year and on a weekday night. Also add that the Devils do not have a high-profile player in his prime playing with them anymore and the team hasn't been lighting their opponents up this season. Not only that but the Devils have seemed to cut down on the free or discounted ticket giveaways so that probably cut about another 1,000 people from going.
I think the new management is still feeling things out as they will soon learn a one-size approach to catering to crowds is not the best way. However, they do in fact have the right to tell you how to behave the minute you walk in as it is indeed THEIR building.
Agree on the bolded, but they have gone about it all wrong from the very moment someone decided the atmosphete needed to change. There's a divide growing that was never there before, and these guys should've at least recognized that the previous owner, for all of his faults, had the "true Devils fan" side to his personality that made him a guy fans could relate to. And even though John McMullen could be pretty cold (as can Lou), McMullen had Jersey ties.
Right now you've got a bit of a perfect storm brewing, with the team not playing well for roughly a half-season's worth of games, one of the remaining long-time faces of the franchise in Brodeur looking like he's not going to play much in the foreseeable future (and who may not play well when he does get to play...clearly this is not easy for Devils fans to accept), a bunch of new names that fans are still warming up to, some current names that aren't really producing (Henrique and Zajac)...and on top of all of that, now we've got an ownership group who seems to want to put their stamp on fan behavior, with no real plan on how to do it.
I fully believe the franchise WILL get through all of this, but I don't think ownership is making it any easier.
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