I appreciate Lou for his nearly 30 years in the GM chair for the Devils. He has brought us 3 cups, 5 EC championships and tons of other awards and I don't think anyone will even try to take that away from him. It's just time to move on and try something else.
Bingo. No one's questioning Lou’s resume on-ice. We're specifically talking about his off-ice commandments, and how the: Doctrine According to Lou became long in the tooth. It's one thing for a team to have ethics and ideals, however - it's quite another when your ideology jettisons fan enthusiasm.. and like it or not, that's what MANY of Lamoriello's “principals” did, for nearly 30 years. Maybe all the glitz of a Bobble Head Night meant nothing to Lou. Or fans being welcomed into the pavilion to watch their favorite players practice. Or the ballyhoo of having a 3rd jersey. It stands to reason that people will have differencing opinions. I understand that. You know who else could care less when it comes to an alternate jersey? --my Father. But Dad is a 67 year old man.. and THAT'S exactly how Lamoriello markets this team. He promotes it as if the majority of Devil supporters, are zealot aficionados in their 50's & 60's. To those enthusiasts who don't want a 3rd jersey, I have an easy solution…. don't buy one! Simple as. But the vast majority of the fanbase shouldn't have to suffer as a result of the minorities opinion(s).
Thankfully, it appears that Scott O’Neil and Hugh Weber are fully onboard with the paradigm shift that needs to transpire, in regards to retail and marketing this team appropriately.. and are taking the necessary steps towards that direction.