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Do the Devils get to within two victories of a SC without Parise last season?  How well do you think it would've flown with both the Devil players and the Devils fans if Lou had traded Parise in-season, when the team had clearly come together after a rocky start and was playing good hockey?  And as we saw with the Devils gave up for Kovy, the returns don't always amount to as much as one might think.      

 

Stop acting like you have a better handle on how to do Lou's job than Lou does.  Lou should've done this and Lou should've done that, blah blah blah.  Maybe Lou simply thought he had a very good chance to re-sign Parise, and thought Parise helped to give the Devils the best chance to win the Cup in 2012, and a SC run like the one the Devils enjoyed made a good case as any for why re-signing with the Devils would've been a good move for Parise. 

 

It...just...didn't...work...out, as far as Parise leaving goes. 

 

But are you now saying you didn't want the 48-28-6 season you saw last season?  The Devils taking out two hated rivals in both the Flyers and the Rangers on the way to the SCF?  Do you think all of that happens without Parise last year? 

 

And what you keep forgetting is Parise was coming off a knee injury before the '11-'12 season.  His trade value was probably not that high coming into the '11-'12 campaign.  And it took him a while to get going that year...when he found his stride, the Devils were really playing terrific hockey...after a 12-12-1 start that included 5 SO wins, the Devils went 36-16-5.  Lou was supposed to potentially wreck that team's mojo?  This is why you have to stop looking at everything so damned black-and-white.  There were a lot of shades of gray that made everything involving Parise much trickier than you want to believe.             

 

Even if Parise had some desire to re-up, no team would negotiate against themselves in season and get to a near $100 million contract, unless you're talking about Sidney Crosby. 

 

I have no idea whether in his heart of hearts that he wanted to be here, and no one even knows what the Devils' final offer was.  But it is a very good bet that had the current CBA been in place last season, he'd be on the Devils right now, and that an extension might have been worked out during the season. 

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Who's everyone?  SD is really the one who keeps bringing it up. 

im not speaking about one specific person, im generally saying.. in numerous posts everyone keeps crying over him.. time to let it go ..

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Who's everyone?  SD is really the one who keeps bringing it up. 

It gets brought up by tons of people when they say Clarky is going to Toronto and about how Zajac was clearly going to head for Winni as soon as he hit UFA, until the moment he signed here. It wasn't just one or two people.

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It gets brought up by tons of people when they say Clarky is going to Toronto and about how Zajac was clearly going to head for Winni as soon as he hit UFA, until the moment he signed here. It wasn't just one or two people.

 

SD brings it up the most, but you are right, others bring it up too.  I think a lot of Devils fans have moved past it though.

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Just trying to think where Patrik would go. At this stage in his career, where would be best? Can't see him staying East out of respect for Lou and the team, but where else would be possible?

 

Minnesota could afford him if they buyout Heatley, and possibly even if he was still there.

Chicago maybe, but their capspace is very limited.

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Just trying to think where Patrik would go. At this stage in his career, where would be best? Can't see him staying East out of respect for Lou and the team, but where else would be possible?

Minnesota could afford him if they buyout Heatley, and possibly even if he was still there.

Chicago maybe, but their capspace is very limited.

If he does leave I think he would stay in the East. Most players around his age usually like to factor in a better travel schedule more and more in their decisions. Even with the re-alignment the east still has a far better travel schedule than the west.

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Elias is playing as good as any player for us out there, so Lou will give him the offer he gave Parise, something reasonable. In Parise's case, lover boy had to go off with his boyfriend to a land far away for a silly amount that will cripple that team, in Elias' case, he made it clear in the tweets I mentioned that he's not one of the 'we'll see what the off season brings people. He's a true Devil and said he loves the team and coach and doesn't see himself anywhere else. 

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35+ doesn't exist anymore.

OK, he is still 37 and not getting younger... 2 years 3 mil per...

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No. Elias is a God we will pay him what he wants.

 

Luckily you are not in charge of the team. Patty can play forever his game is not built on speed he is the Czech Teemu.

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No. Elias is a God we will pay him what he wants.

 

Luckily you are not in charge of the team. Patty can play forever his game is not built on speed he is the Czech Teemu.

He's very much like Teemu, except Teemu has a better shot imo, making him a better PP force. Just look at what Jagr got: $4.5M this year. That's a one year deal, but I'd give Elias between $4-5M for 2 years since he's younger. The 3rd year is risky, as it's very rare for a player to look good at 40, but Elias plays a game, like you said, not built on speed, but reaction time and smarts that he will be able to continue playing, possible less effectively, but I don't see him dropping off the map with regards to production.

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Do the Devils get to within two victories of a SC without Parise last season?  How well do you think it would've flown with both the Devil players and the Devils fans if Lou had traded Parise in-season, when the team had clearly come together after a rocky start and was playing good hockey?  And as we saw with the Devils gave up for Kovy, the returns don't always amount to as much as one might think.      

 

Stop acting like you have a better handle on how to do Lou's job than Lou does.  Lou should've done this and Lou should've done that, blah blah blah.  Maybe Lou simply thought he had a very good chance to re-sign Parise, and thought Parise helped to give the Devils the best chance to win the Cup in 2012, and a SC run like the one the Devils enjoyed made a good case as any for why re-signing with the Devils would've been a good move for Parise. 

 

It...just...didn't...work...out, as far as Parise leaving goes. 

 

But are you now saying you didn't want the 48-28-6 season you saw last season?  The Devils taking out two hated rivals in both the Flyers and the Rangers on the way to the SCF?  Do you think all of that happens without Parise last year? 

 

And what you keep forgetting is Parise was coming off a knee injury before the '11-'12 season.  His trade value was probably not that high coming into the '11-'12 campaign.  And it took him a while to get going that year...when he found his stride, the Devils were really playing terrific hockey...after a 12-12-1 start that included 5 SO wins, the Devils went 36-16-5.  Lou was supposed to potentially wreck that team's mojo?  This is why you have to stop looking at everything so damned black-and-white.  There were a lot of shades of gray that made everything involving Parise much trickier than you want to believe.             

 

well first calm down you missed the WHOLE POINT of my post you just went straight to some rahh rahh rahhhhh about Zach's situation. Which was not the point. Its not about not re-signing Zach its about how he handled it putting himself in a corner. 

 

So now let's take ALL those excuses and shades you talked about of Zach's situation and let's throw that out of the window cause we know the management, injuries and all of that was there and who knows.

 

So now tell me. i want an answer now and ill keep it in a safe place until i need it again later. What's the excuse now for Lou to risk the same thing with Elias and Clarkson or any UFAs for that matter? he may very well re-sign them both, who knows. But what if he waits again til one week before free agency and that they both jet somewhere and that we lose them for NOTHING, then you guys will all defend Lou "well they didnt want to be here what can you do? he was not gonna overpay bla bla bla bla". Point is, if they don't want to be here, by fvcking talking with them earlier you can figure that out and make a move and get something for them before it's too late.

 

so again, anyone tell me what's so complicated that Lou can't approach players like this:

 

"Buddy you can either re-sign now if you really want to be here we'll deal the numbers and get it done but if you want to be here we'll make it happen, if you want to test the market and see the interest out there, I cannot risk losing you for nothing so i have to deal you for assets and if you can't get a good offer you can still re-sign here in july but i CAN'T lose you for nothing. The ball is in your court now." 

 

He never does it and he's too stubborn to change his way and he's losing all his leverage. And i mean don't jump on me to be the messenger here even his own players said they didnt really like that approach.

 

edit: just in case you dont understand the point of my WHOLE POST once again all im saying is WHY would you do things that way? its way too risky for absolutely NOTHING. He's just stubborn and want to stick to his oldschool ways. and wtv what his track records shows its still a dumb way to run things, i can cross the road running with my eyes close a hundred times without getting runover, doesnt mean its smart.

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So now tell me. i want an answer now and ill keep it in a safe place until i need it again later. What's the excuse now for Lou to risk the same thing with Elias and Clarkson or any UFAs for that matter? he may very well re-sign them both, who knows. But what if he waits again til one week before free agency and that they both jet somewhere and that we lose them for NOTHING, then you guys will all defend Lou "well they didnt want to be here what can you do? he was not gonna overpay bla bla bla bla". Point is, if they don't want to be here, by fvcking talking with them earlier you can figure that out and make a move and get something for them before it's too late.

 

And get what?  Do you really think the Devils should have traded Elias or Clarkson at the deadline?  Do you really think what teams get back at the deadline is significant?

 

 

so again, anyone tell me what's so complicated that Lou can't approach players like this:

 

"Buddy you can either re-sign now if you really want to be here we'll deal the numbers and get it done but if you want to be here we'll make it happen, if you want to test the market and see the interest out there, I cannot risk losing you for nothing so i have to deal you for assets and if you can't get a good offer you can still re-sign here in july but i CAN'T lose you for nothing. The ball is in your court now."

 

This is an awful way to treat valued employees.  'Sorry, this is just business, but either stay or you're traded, sounds like a great deal, right?  This is clearly where you want to be, where you're subject to being traded on my whim if I think you're thinking about leaving'

 

He never does it and he's too stubborn to change his way and he's losing all his leverage. And i mean don't jump on me to be the messenger here even his own players said they didnt really like that approach.

 

He doesn't have any leverage at all.  The players are going UFA.  The only thing he has is gambling - players know what their market value is generally, they have agents who tell them what it is.  So by signing a player early, you gamble that A: the player will stay healthy and B: that the player will continue producing as you expect him to or better.  

 

edit: just in case you dont understand the point of my WHOLE POST once again all im saying is WHY would you do things that way? its way too risky for absolutely NOTHING. He's just stubborn and want to stick to his oldschool ways. and wtv what his track records shows its still a dumb way to run things, i can cross the road running with my eyes close a hundred times without getting runover, doesnt mean its smart.

 

You don't risk signing players with career-ending injuries to long-term contracts this way.  All it takes is one Marc Savard deal and you've thrown a lot of money down a well.  I don't know how much money insurance covers on a deal like Marc Savard's - I'd really like to know - but the Bruins are ostensibly spending $6M a year on a guy who can't play.  They signed him to a 7 year deal during the season, he got hurt that season, and has played less than 40 games since.  That's a giant risk.  Furthermore, a week is plenty of time for a guy to figure out whether or not he wants to stay with the organization, and the Devils have retained a ton of players by acting this way.  I also don't want an organization full of players that totally loves the way they are treated by the front office.  That probably means they are being overpaid.

 

Plus the Devils already signed Zajac to a long-term contract before the season, taking all the risks I just mentioned.  Zajac had a big downturn in performance and NJ probably could've cut $500k a year off that contract as a result, but they would've risked losing him for nothing, and he's quite difficult to replace.  I would feel better as a Devils fan had the Devils done the same thing for Elias, but I'd feel worse if NJ locked up Elias to a 3 year 15M deal and he had a large downturn in performance.

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And get what?  Do you really think the Devils should have traded Elias or Clarkson at the deadline?  Do you really think what teams get back at the deadline is significant?

 

Of course it's not much. But if a good UFA walks in July, that Lou deals with him for 3 days (june 28-29-30) and they both figure they won't be able to match each others offer... boom buddy walk and we get nothing for him. I dont care if we can only get a pick for him at least it's something. Why wait 'til the very end? you can run of out time.

 

 

This is an awful way to treat valued employees.  'Sorry, this is just business, but either stay or you're traded, sounds like a great deal, right?  This is clearly where you want to be, where you're subject to being traded on my whim if I think you're thinking about leaving'

 

Could you twist what i said more in case you could make it look even worst you think ? Man you have to do this on purpose to piss me off seriously.

 

In any kind of job if you're a boss and you have an employee that you really need and appreciate. It goes both ways, if you know you need him why would you risk only approaching him a week before his contract is over, employees are humans and they want stability and want to know where their life is heading. The other way around, from the employee if youre thinking about another job, you give your boss a notice cause obviously he's gonna have to replace you and if he can't he's in trouble for awhile. Lou is like the boss who doesnt want to know if his employee want to stay and for some reason doesnt mind not having a notice even though he might be fvcked in the end.

 

He doesn't have any leverage at all.  The players are going UFA.  The only thing he has is gambling - players know what their market value is generally, they have agents who tell them what it is.  So by signing a player early, you gamble that A: the player will stay healthy and B: that the player will continue producing as you expect him to or better.  

 

Did the ducks played with fire with Perry and Getzlaf ? risking losing them both to free agency? cause it could of happened. He couldnt afford to let them go.He knew he'd want them, why risk it?

 

You don't risk signing players with career-ending injuries to long-term contracts this way.  All it takes is one Marc Savard deal and you've thrown a lot of money down a well.  I don't know how much money insurance covers on a deal like Marc Savard's - I'd really like to know - but the Bruins are ostensibly spending $6M a year on a guy who can't play.  They signed him to a 7 year deal during the season, he got hurt that season, and has played less than 40 games since.  That's a giant risk.  Furthermore, a week is plenty of time for a guy to figure out whether or not he wants to stay with the organization, and the Devils have retained a ton of players by acting this way.  I also don't want an organization full of players that totally loves the way they are treated by the front office.  That probably means they are being overpaid.

 

where did i talk about signing players with caeer ending injuries anyway? and you cant stop yourself from acting cause you're scared that someone get injured. A guy can get injure at ANY TIME. 

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Of course it's not much. But if a good UFA walks in July, that Lou deals with him for 3 days (june 28-29-30) and they both figure they won't be able to match each others offer... boom buddy walk and we get nothing for him. I dont care if we can only get a pick for him at least it's something. Why wait 'til the very end? you can run of out time.

 

I don't believe that's what happens in the majority of cases.  There are only a few players who I thought were definitely walking out the door.  And these players really don't get traded for that much, usually - a 4th or 5th round pick in next year's draft.  I'd rather take a very low probability that they sign here on a good deal against that.

 

 

Could you twist what i said more in case you could make it look even worst you think ? Man you have to do this on purpose to piss me off seriously.

 

In any kind of job if you're a boss and you have an employee that you really need and appreciate. It goes both ways, if you know you need him why would you risk only approaching him a week before his contract is over, employees are humans and they want stability and want to know where their life is heading. The other way around, from the employee if youre thinking about another job, you give your boss a notice cause obviously he's gonna have to replace you and if he can't he's in trouble for awhile. Lou is like the boss who doesnt want to know if his employee want to stay and for some reason doesnt mind not having a notice even though he might be fvcked in the end.

 

It's hard to imagine that the Devils' staff isn't prepared for all these contingencies.  You don't always get the players you want in free agency, but it's hard to imagine the team not having a clue about whether players want to stay or go.  The Devils have retained a ton of players who've hit unrestricted free agency - Elias, Oduya, Kovalchuk, Greene, Brodeur, Salvador, etc.  

 

Did the ducks played with fire with Perry and Getzlaf ? risking losing them both to free agency? cause it could of happened. He couldnt afford to let them go.He knew he'd want them, why risk it?

 

The Getzlaf deal is not good (but probably a must), the Perry deal is atrocious.  You don't always win by signing your best players.  Anaheim is going to regret that Perry deal.  Could they replace Perry through free agency?  No, but they are going to be paying a boatload of money to a player who doesn't seem like he's all that good, and for a very long time too.

 

where did i talk about signing players with caeer ending injuries anyway? and you cant stop yourself from acting cause you're scared that someone get injured. A guy can get injure at ANY TIME.

 

You didn't talk about that, because you're not properly assessing the risk of signing a player to a long-term contract.  One of the risks is injury.  You increase that risk when you sign a player before or during the season.  One thing we also haven't mentioned is not knowing where the cap will fall, but this year is unusual in that regard - we know exactly what the salary cap will be.  

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Right now I'd do 3 yr 15 mil to patty, is the third stupid? yeah, probably. but certain players earn that

 

he's not slow. he's our points leader.

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I don't believe that's what happens in the majority of cases.  There are only a few players who I thought were definitely walking out the door.  And these players really don't get traded for that much, usually - a 4th or 5th round pick in next year's draft.  I'd rather take a very low probability that they sign here on a good deal against that.

 

It's hard to imagine that the Devils' staff isn't prepared for all these contingencies.  You don't always get the players you want in free agency, but it's hard to imagine the team not having a clue about whether players want to stay or go.  The Devils have retained a ton of players who've hit unrestricted free agency - Elias, Oduya, Kovalchuk, Greene, Brodeur, Salvador, etc.  

 

The Getzlaf deal is not good (but probably a must), the Perry deal is atrocious.  You don't always win by signing your best players.  Anaheim is going to regret that Perry deal.  Could they replace Perry through free agency?  No, but they are going to be paying a boatload of money to a player who doesn't seem like he's all that good, and for a very long time too.

 

You didn't talk about that, because you're not properly assessing the risk of signing a player to a long-term contract.  One of the risks is injury.  You increase that risk when you sign a player before or during the season.  One thing we also haven't mentioned is not knowing where the cap will fall, but this year is unusual in that regard - we know exactly what the salary cap will be.  

 

My point is... let's say NJ really wants to re-sign Clarkson. Why risk to wait til the guy have the option and think... "well i could sign this but why not wait an extra week to see what i could get out there?" (the who shall not be named said it himself 2 summers ago and im convinced most players would think the same way in that situation) so seriously? if you have the control and that the guys are saying they'd like to stay in NJ, why risk giving them the opportunity to think about going somewhere else? it's not protecting your asset. And that way you can lose them for absolutely nothing. Even if you can simply get a 5th rounder, obviously those late pick doesnt pan out you still have a chance that they could be something or its extra assets for trades. We got Loktionov for a 5th, Gallagher from MTL was a 5th round pick... etc etc you never know. Why miss on that possibility SIMPLY cause you wanted to wait last minute for absolutely no reason, just cause it's your policy.

 

Also the excuse that you could save maybe 500K off a contract on the Zajac contract for example... that also goes both ways... you think Salvador would have signed that ridiculous contract if they would have make a deal like mid season or wtv? NEVER.

 

By no mean im saying Lou should try to sign all his players during the season, but at least keep the option to do so in some particular situation to assure the best outcome, he's restraining his dealing process and said himself that he "ran out of time" a few times, you'd think he would learn.

 

I also understand that you can get strapped with some contract but Getzlaf and Perry should be good for awhile and the ducks are winning and contender because of them now. if they eventually suck it's a bridge they'll have to cross in time if it's happening. Until then they still need guys to win and if they would have lost both of those guys to free agency for NOTHING they'd have to rebuilt their whole team around what? Bobby Ryan and Smith-Pelley? a lot worst than having "bad contracts" 6-7 years from now, considering the cap will go up too. 

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My point is... let's say NJ really wants to re-sign Clarkson. Why risk to wait til the guy have the option and think... "well i could sign this but why not wait an extra week to see what i could get out there?" (the who shall not be named said it himself 2 summers ago and im convinced most players would think the same way in that situation) so seriously? if you have the control and that the guys are saying they'd like to stay in NJ, why risk giving them the opportunity to think about going somewhere else? it's not protecting your asset. And that way you can lose them for absolutely nothing. Even if you can simply get a 5th rounder, obviously those late pick doesnt pan out you still have a chance that they could be something or its extra assets for trades. We got Loktionov for a 5th, Gallagher from MTL was a 5th round pick... etc etc you never know. Why miss on that possibility SIMPLY cause you wanted to wait last minute for absolutely no reason, just cause it's your policy.

 

Also the excuse that you could save maybe 500K off a contract on the Zajac contract for example... that also goes both ways... you think Salvador would have signed that ridiculous contract if they would have make a deal like mid season or wtv? NEVER.

 

By no mean im saying Lou should try to sign all his players during the season, but at least keep the option to do so in some particular situation to assure the best outcome, he's restraining his dealing process and said himself that he "ran out of time" a few times, you'd think he would learn.

 

I also understand that you can get strapped with some contract but Getzlaf and Perry should be good for awhile and the ducks are winning and contender because of them now. if they eventually suck it's a bridge they'll have to cross in time if it's happening. Until then they still need guys to win and if they would have lost both of those guys to free agency for NOTHING they'd have to rebuilt their whole team around what? Bobby Ryan and Smith-Pelley? a lot worst than having "bad contracts" 6-7 years from now, considering the cap will go up too. 

Re: Salvador - he would've signed that contract anytime Lou offered it. It's awful. He got it because of his playoff work. I would have to imagine in season Lou never even thought to resign him.

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My point is... let's say NJ really wants to re-sign Clarkson. Why risk to wait til the guy have the option and think... "well i could sign this but why not wait an extra week to see what i could get out there?" (the who shall not be named said it himself 2 summers ago and im convinced most players would think the same way in that situation) so seriously? if you have the control and that the guys are saying they'd like to stay in NJ, why risk giving them the opportunity to think about going somewhere else? it's not protecting your asset. And that way you can lose them for absolutely nothing. Even if you can simply get a 5th rounder, obviously those late pick doesnt pan out you still have a chance that they could be something or its extra assets for trades. We got Loktionov for a 5th, Gallagher from MTL was a 5th round pick... etc etc you never know. Why miss on that possibility SIMPLY cause you wanted to wait last minute for absolutely no reason, just cause it's your policy.

Also the excuse that you could save maybe 500K off a contract on the Zajac contract for example... that also goes both ways... you think Salvador would have signed that ridiculous contract if they would have make a deal like mid season or wtv? NEVER.

By no mean im saying Lou should try to sign all his players during the season, but at least keep the option to do so in some particular situation to assure the best outcome, he's restraining his dealing process and said himself that he "ran out of time" a few times, you'd think he would learn.

I also understand that you can get strapped with some contract but Getzlaf and Perry should be good for awhile and the ducks are winning and contender because of them now. if they eventually suck it's a bridge they'll have to cross in time if it's happening. Until then they still need guys to win and if they would have lost both of those guys to free agency for NOTHING they'd have to rebuilt their whole team around what? Bobby Ryan and Smith-Pelley? a lot worst than having "bad contracts" 6-7 years from now, considering the cap will go up too.

The Clarkson example is perfect. If you started talking contract with him in February, you'd have massively overpaid. He crashed down to earth, and that 30 goal season is looking more and more like a fluke. Lou likes to assess the situation when the season is done, so he can look at the whole picture. He'll most likely be gone because Clarkson's agent is still going to try to get a ton of money for him whether he kept scoring or not.

Most of these players have families here. They would most likely prefer to stay where they are. They would also like to make a lot of money. You keep bringing up all of this risk, but who left to go "home" (as in, reasons other than cash)? Parise and Nieds? Maybe Rafalski, but the Devils didn't have the money to match what he could get in the market. Everyone else left for cash that the Devils wouldn't have given them whether it was October, December, or July 1st.

Martin was overpaid, Gio made more than the Devils were willing to give, Gomez saw dollar signs so bad that Lou didn't even bother trying to match. Clarkson will either stay for decent money, or join the list. Elias will most likely stay, because it won't just be about money for him. He'll probably get one too many years, though.

Also, Perry and Getzlaf are a different situation. Elias is much older, and do you really want to risk 5 million a year for 8 years on Clarkson, which is what his agent will probably go for? If that CBA was around last year, Parise might have stayed just for the extra year of guaranteed money.

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His previous playoffs were SO sh!tTY!  I just can't hack that being the sole reason Lou signed him again.  I see no other logic.  but he SUCKED SOOOOOOOO   BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAD in playoffs before - never mind he assisted in NOT getting us to the playoff in between.

 

AHHHhhhhhhhhhh  :argh:

 

SOMEONE explain it to me.  What am I not seeing what is it I have NEVER seen?    AHhhhhhhhh  :argh: :Argh: :argh:

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His previous playoffs were SO sh!tTY!  I just can't hack that being the sole reason Lou signed him again.  I see no other logic.  but he SUCKED SOOOOOOOO   BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAD in playoffs before - never mind he assisted in NOT getting us to the playoff in between.

 

AHHHhhhhhhhhhh  :argh:

 

SOMEONE explain it to me.  What am I not seeing what is it I have NEVER seen?    AHhhhhhhhh  :argh: :argh: :argh:

 

Pardon my ignorance, but who are you talking about?

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My point is... let's say NJ really wants to re-sign Clarkson. Why risk to wait til the guy have the option and think... "well i could sign this but why not wait an extra week to see what i could get out there?" (the who shall not be named said it himself 2 summers ago and im convinced most players would think the same way in that situation) so seriously? if you have the control and that the guys are saying they'd like to stay in NJ, why risk giving them the opportunity to think about going somewhere else? it's not protecting your asset. And that way you can lose them for absolutely nothing. Even if you can simply get a 5th rounder, obviously those late pick doesnt pan out you still have a chance that they could be something or its extra assets for trades. We got Loktionov for a 5th, Gallagher from MTL was a 5th round pick... etc etc you never know. Why miss on that possibility SIMPLY cause you wanted to wait last minute for absolutely no reason, just cause it's your policy.

 

Also the excuse that you could save maybe 500K off a contract on the Zajac contract for example... that also goes both ways... you think Salvador would have signed that ridiculous contract if they would have make a deal like mid season or wtv? NEVER.

 

By no mean im saying Lou should try to sign all his players during the season, but at least keep the option to do so in some particular situation to assure the best outcome, he's restraining his dealing process and said himself that he "ran out of time" a few times, you'd think he would learn.

 

I also understand that you can get strapped with some contract but Getzlaf and Perry should be good for awhile and the ducks are winning and contender because of them now. if they eventually suck it's a bridge they'll have to cross in time if it's happening. Until then they still need guys to win and if they would have lost both of those guys to free agency for NOTHING they'd have to rebuilt their whole team around what? Bobby Ryan and Smith-Pelley? a lot worst than having "bad contracts" 6-7 years from now, considering the cap will go up too. 

 

The Ducks are not particularly good - good goaltending, good special teams, mediocre 5 on 5, undisciplined - and they have Kyle Palmieri who can probably do a lot of Perry's job soon for a fraction of the cost.  The Ducks don't care about the cap as they are a floor team, and floor teams can't jam up a huge portion of their budget in a guy like Corey Perry with a contract that extends into his mid 30s.

 

I'm aware it goes both ways.  That's my point.  Sometimes it's better to be late, sometimes it's better to be early.  Predicting which is which is darn near impossible.  I'm not saying Lou's way is better, I just don't think it's worse.  It's worse for fans because fans think locking up all your good players early is good.

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Devils have plenty of cap room. It's not whether they spend but how they spend or allocate it. Don't forgot they have over 10 mil coming off after next season as well in Marty, Hedberg, and Tally.

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