Again. Our success is in the #'s. The NHL is a different game since the trapezoid and rule changes. Theres a reason no team has repeat as Cup champs in so long. The cap has changed so much, yet we're still making the playoffs minus 1 time and have won a division title without any of the free agents we've lost. We will win without Zach Parise. Theres no reason to believe we won't.
More often than not, Lou has made the right choice when it comes to our free agents. He's not perfect and I don't think anyone would say he is, but I'd surely rather have Lou making the decisions at age 75 than bring in a dipsh!t like Jay Feaster or Paul Holmgren or Glen Sather.
If we were the Toronto Maple Leafs, Lou would have a statue built outside the ACC of him by now.
Not only this, think about teams that have been great over the course of the Devils' 3 Stanley Cups until now who haven't won it all - the Pronger and MacInnis Blues. The Senators from 2003-2008. The post-Thornton Sharks. The Flyers have made the playoffs every year except 1 and been to the Conference Finals 6 times and haven't won a Stanley Cup in that time. The recent Capitals. The recent Canucks. They've all been labeled chokers at one time or another, but these teams were real good, and a lot of them could've been deserving Cup winners. Hell, the Wings have probably been a legit contender every year since 1994 and have won the thing 4 times. It's really goddamn hard to win a Stanley Cup.
Edited by Triumph, 05 July 2012 - 08:41 PM.