dude you can't be serious. You blame me for having problem reading stuff and i told like 10 times directly to you that this thread doesnt have anything to do directly with Zach's case but simply Lou's way.
OK, that's fair. But if we are going to talk about Lou's way, then why is Lou's success ignored? Elias, Oduya, Langenbrunner, White, Rafalski (1st time), Greene, Clarkson, Salvador (twice), Pandolfo, Hedberg (twice) all signed last minute or after a little while on the market. I don't count Brodeur because I think we all know he was bluffing.
It's also been pointed out that everyone who left either wasn't worth to us what they got out there (Holik, Gomez, Gionta, Martin) or had family or geographical reasons for leaving (Rafalski, Nieds), or their time here had simply passed (Madden).
That's a very good success rate.
And its not baseless at all, reports and interviews from TG, Lou, Zach and Arnott ALL SAID that there was no talks at all between them, NONE and they all said that Lou was waiting after the season. If those reports or those people we're lying about it well there's nothing i can do about it, but at least its coming directly from them and its still better than "rumours". Plus we all KNOW that Lou doesnt want to negotiate during the season, it's a well known fact.
I agree that they all said there were no talks UNTIL February, when all of a sudden everyone clammed up and went into status quo mode. Lou has negotiated during the season with franchise players: Marty and Stevens. Why is it so far fetched that he also spoke to Zach during this media black out?
And i never said that Lou should have got on his knee during the season either, to at least approach your captain and star player 1 week before july 1st is not the best way to go, plain and simple. PLUS Zach was saying he wanted to negotiate and stay there, WHY WAIT THEN? just try to get it done. Nop instead Zach had to go through hell with the medias for like 6 months.
I think there was communication. I think Lou's comments after the signing show that he did what he could. But once you get into March and April, you can't be worrying about contracts with the playoffs looming. If a player truly wants to be here, and that's the key, then a deal can easily be hammered out after some back and forth. But when his heart is somewhere else (Nieds, Rafalski, Zach) or he's all about the cash (Gomez, Martin, etc), he's gonna leave.