Wow, seeing people's comments on Rich Chere's article is scary. There really is a huge divide in the Devils' fanbase. Is this a consequence of our fanbase growing (in number) and being younger, or....?
People getting angry at Lou and DeBoer for "chasing a Hall of Famer away", and similar comments like that... Honestly, I saw a lot of what I think was Stevens' influence early in the year and did not like what I saw. DeBoer may have ratcheted down Stevens' input toward the latter half of the season and what I saw in our defense was a huge improvement and much better play.
How braindead are some Devils fans to a) take Rich Chere's "story" at face value, and then b) somehow make it reflect on Lou or DeBoer doing a crappy job, by c) suddenly proclaiming Stevens as this incredible assistant coach that we d) should've held on to? Those are 4 thought processes I completely disagree with.
The people who comment on articles and Facebook are five steps down in intelligence from the people that post here and there aren't exactly Mensa members posting here either. But they're the same people that think Marty should be playing over Cory in perpituity because he's Martin Brodeur or that cancel their season tickets over a goal song. In short, don't take the comments section there as a sign of anything. It's the same as the rest of the internet, people will write stupid things when they don't have to put their name to it.