For some reason the Organization have not toned the bell/given him a spot light for him like they have done in years past. The home opener I believe they did. He still does his thing though. I believe the light up jersey is from last year, at least.
And for the horn guy(s)...probably people in the crowd who paid money don't want to have that damn thing blowing in the ear.
I just rewatched the goals from our last game on gamecenter, and after specifically istening for it, I could hear the crowd counting, but you are right, there isn't the clock chime accompanying it like there usually is. I still couldn't hear the horn at all.
The Towel Guy is going strong, I like the light-up jersey but if I remember correctly he had an old school trumpet one that I liked the best. The Horn man seems to have some competition with some idiots with horns, but they're weak, and then all of a sudden you hear the "WAAAH WAAAH WAAAAAH!!!" of the original & we respond. Go to a game already! They kicked all the homeless people out of the Peabody, no excuses!
I live in NC, it's not very economically friendly for me to attend games... I did blow my tax return to go to game 5 against the Sharks last year though. totally worth it.