you really gotta stop taking word by word what im saying... EVERYTHING i'm saying is purely example of his way... Lou is stiff, inflexible, hardballer, oldschool, strict, by the book, stubborn, etc etc... Those people are not the funnest people to be around usually.
Lou is like Steve Jobs, he was doing things HIS WAY and could look like an ass doing it really often and I heard horrible stories about Apple employees. And even dealing with other companies like the Flash thing that he didnt want to have anything to do with, literally just depriving users from that technology on iphones and ipads... That being said, personally im a huge Apple product fan and Jobs is a genius for what he brought and for his vision. Yet theres a LOT of people who really dont like apple cause its so restrained and strict...
So really they are the same, Geniuses who did some good and bad things that people supporting them will absolutely ignore the bad and make up excuses for them and 2 guys who would never bend. You do things their way or its simply not happening.
Ah ok good. Now we are hitting some common ground. I like the Jobs comparison. They are both geniuses that did some good and bad, and they were also both incredibly successful. And the reason they are is exactly what you said... It's their way or it isn't happening. They both are very confident in their abilities to run their respective organizations. Do they fail? Yes, most definitely. They make mistakes. But anyone who has a high level of success also makes mistakes. It comes with the territory.
What Lou has done in New Jersey is create a certain respectability and vibe. Jersey will never be glamorous or sexy, but it's a destination for a certain type of player. As Tri said earlier, it's not about social media or any of that. It's not about fun, it's about success. The way he's built the team is definitely not for everyone, but he knows that the players he has here are loyal and want to be here. Guys like Marty, Daneyko, Stevens, Elias, they all bought into that idea. Gomez, Martin, etc, they didn't. But even guys who left like MacLean, Driver, Niedermayer, Lemieux, they all came back in one capacity or another. One thing everyone says about the organization is that it is very well run.
I agree with you that Lou is not flawless. I just feel that his mistakes are no worse than anyone elses, and worth it when you consider his successes. I also feel that his strategies fit his overall philosophy. It's a sacrifice that you'll lose certain players and not be able to attract certain types of players. Granted, when he leaves, off ice things will be more 'fun', but we'll probably have more 2010-11 style seasons then we are used to.