Posted 06 November 2013 - 11:44 AM
If they're not in contention, I have no problem with dumping pieces like Jagr. It makes sense and it fits with what Lou did the last time we were out of contention (Arnott trade, etc.). I think this fanbase can handle two consecutive playoff-less years. The Devils aren't the underground team in NJ the way they used to be. It seems like more and more the state is really starting to embrace them as part of our identity as New Jerseyans. It only took 30 years, but it's starting to happen. I'm not saying that the attendance won't suffer, of course it will, but at the same time I don't think we'd be in as dire straits as we might have had we started missing the playoffs in the late 90s.
I agree with the bolded, but if the team is, say, 3-4 points out of a final playoff berth, and playing reasonably well just before the deadline, I don't know that they can start dumping key players. I can definitely handle two playoff-less seasons, as can others...I've rooted for teams that have suffered through prolonged periods of irrelevance (like the Mets)...two years is nothing to me. But there's a lot of young Devils fans who have grown up knowing nothing but success (or at the very least, a whole lot of winning records and playoff appearances), and haven't had to suffer through a downturn. I'm not saying they'll go root for another team, but I think a lot of them won't be going to the Rock to watch a team that has little chance of being relevant. I don't think it will take long for crowds to be 10,000 or less on a lot of nights.
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