Thats simple. By knowing youre gonna lose him and choosing long term instead of short term. 29 teams doesnt win the cup every year, yet they come back the next year, they survive. How many team lose 3 30 goals scorers for absolutely nothing withing 2 season but yet the GM is not to blame at all?
That would put you in a perpetual state of trading assets for fear of losing them, and then turning around and trading the assets you received again. You have to go for the shot at the cup. We all know that anything can happen once you get into the playoffs.
I've said it before, but the fanbase has gotten much younger as the people who were kids when the cups were won have started buying tickets for themselves. Add in public transportation, and it's going to be a different crowd than the CAA. With a younger fanbase comes less maturity and less subtlety. These are just younger people who want to yell and make noise in support of the team.
I'm a little older now, and much less interested in standing and screaming like a banshee after I just worked for 9 hours and then drove another hour in traffic. Personally, I like to just sit back and enjoy the game itself.
However, I do understand that these things come with a younger fanbase, and it's not something unique to New Jersey. The Islanders have a similar group, in section 329 in the Coliseum. A friend of mine was one of the ones who started and lead that group 6 or 7 years ago. Now he's older, and he can't stand how obnoxious they are.
It's the same thing in Jersey. It's not the kids getting louder, it's that there's a lot more of them now and we have gotten older. I'm not a fan of the whole 'sucks/swallow' thing at all, but I do like having some life in the building at times. Sadly, a lot of the noise now feels manufactured. I think their hearts are in the right place, in that most of them truly believe they are helping the team or the atmosphere. Unfortunately, you do have the occasional one who thinks he's hilarious and original and that we paid to listen to him all game. They tend to be the loudest of all (and drunk). All in all though, I prefer natural crowd noise of people who are enjoying the game and not trying to be the star of it.
That being said, the horn and cowbell should really be used in moderation and to the beat of the chants. It tends to sound like a 'noise for the sake of noise' type of mess. Last Monday, I thought a lab monkey was hitting the cowbell every time he wanted a treat.
Edit... and once again, CR1976 puts a similar idea together in a much more concise and less-rambling way. Read his post instead haha....
And before those last 5 years, things were going pretty smoothly for the previous 25 or so years. What happened that this fan base can't accept to act like it did just 5 years ago? Has this fanbase turned into a bunch of man-children who have the incredible urge to curse and chant dumb chants and cannot fathom going to a game without them?
Also in that link there is this:
Guests shall comply with the direction and instructions of Prudential Center staff.
That means its their rules or out you go. It's their building so they can do what they want and people seem to have trouble grasping at that.
First off, you are having a terrible time understanding that I mostly agree with your point about it being their building and their decision. I'm saying they are doing an awful and overly heavy-handed job of putting their ideas into action. You can't please everyone, but they have to understand they are going from pleasing one group to IMMEDIATELY pleasing another with no transition process. This will create backlash. It's natural. The only voice fans have, other than their physical voice which is now being silenced, is their wallet.
As for the lowly fans you can't stand, the fan base has gotten much younger with the move to Newark. Younger people act, well, younger. It's part of a growing fan base. I'm not a huge fan of the overly rowdy drunken crowd either. That's why I almost always sell off my NYR or Philly tickets. The worst seem to come out for those and it's not worth the hassle. But I understand that they enjoy the game differently than I do. As childish as they come off for demanding juvenile chants and drinking until they are sick (and it is childish), you ALSO come off in a childish manner by demanding that everyone see things through your prism and not acknowledging other peoples ideas of 'fun' just because it doesn't match your own. If they don't want to spend their hard earned money on a slightly cleaner experience than what they are used to, that is their prerogative. And again, I say this as someone who probably enjoys games in a very similar manner to how you enjoy them.
I don't like the 'you suck' chants. I don't join in on them. As Tri and DevsMan said, they come off like drunken college stuff, and it's just not my kind of thing. I too cringe when I hear it after we turn a 4-0 score to a 4-1 score, and I'm not a fan of the 'Rangers suck/Flyers Swallow' chant either. Again, not my thing. I'm there for the game.
But I think it's ridiculous to say the rest of the crowd can't chant what they want because of how it looks to other fans. Honestly, who gives a crap what fans of other teams think? Half the damn league thinks there are 1,500 of us napping in an empty arena while our team plays the trap all night. Even after how loud our arena was in 95 (chanting Bettman sucks), or leading the league in scoring in 2001, or shaking the CAA so bad in 2003 that the cameras on the second level were useless, or packing the house for the 2012 run when on paper we had no business outside of the first round, we still have the same empty arena/boring team stigma. I'm not interested in what other teams think of us. They will always believe what they want to, and in reality, the other 29 teams care as little about what happens in our arena as we care what happens in theirs.
For example, none of us cares that Nashville does a 'you suck' chant. We didn't care when the Isles did it. And we surely don't think that Chicago and Detroit, who often chant that each other sucks no matter who they are playing, have inferiority complexes. I think it's a far deeper inferiority complex to worry what the hell some dunce in a Flyers jersey who somehow drunkenly made it up the turnpike thinks of what our fans chant. At the end of the day, it's a sporting event, and being a fan doesn't mean you have to be logical. People are there for the "us vs them" of it all. Even with the chants, I'd rather have RR pt 2 than some generic song like Zombie Nation. I'll just cheer and yell the 'hey' part like always.