This is actually quite a revealing time on this board.
You can see quite clearly who likes what I'll call Devils hockey - which I consider consistent hockey throughout the ages unaffected by trends of the times.
You can see who didn't really know what they were watching. You can see now that all their years of hockey talk actually boil down to their pretty much just trying to second guess what Lou would do next - not really seeing the WHY he might do it or why he did do something.
You can see who kind of bandwagoned onto to the team - yet still felt great loyalty and stuck with the organization despite it not representing a product they liked at ALL. The winning was cool but they didn't actually enjoy the hockey. hmm.
You can see who reeeally doesn't know sh!te from shinola about hockey and has been trying to figure it out all this time latching on to a winning team and trying to figure it all out from there. Sort of a "these guys are winning and they make me admire them - there is strength and I'm going to sit here and watch and try to figure it all out."
Many people are quite lost... they have no clue why they did or did not like Lou or in fact the Devils. You can tell by what and how you all are writing.
I enjoy the people trying to see how to get Devils hockey back in play. They reference decent teams and look for HOCKEY options. Maybe they came to the team for any one of the reasons above but they've come out the other side KNOWING. They found hockey. Which is ... its the best ever... My nephew is finding hockey playing and that's adorable not sure he likes it...but I thinkhe does. He's a scaredy cat -- but as he grows I see he's just a big thinker -- I hope he starts to enjoy the game <3
there's nothing wrong with preferring a certain style of play. obviously whatever results in a cup is ideal, but if we could choose a style to watch, then to each his own.
something like this does not determine who's a "true fan" or not