My cousin and I went into a long discussion after he brought over some Goose Island thinking he found some new gem. I knew it was AB but we eventually came to the same conclusion as you, it is like a gateway drug into craft beers.
Yuengling black and tan is still my social beer of choice and it is the cheapest beer on the shelf!
When I was younger our family had a horse, Ed, he was fun to ride. He was already old when I was young so when I hit my early teens the family decided to stop riding him and let him enjoy the pasture to eat and run as he pleased. I wasn't mad that I couldn't ride him anymore I was happy he got the bounty of the pasture and sun before he passed away at 30 something years old.
That is kind of how I feel about old Devils players who go to the Rangers, they got a healthy paycheck before being put out to the pasture of life.