One more thing about Clarkson... if he HAD kept putting up the strong numbers I think I'd be OK with his deciding to move on. He'd be ready I wouldn't worry about a Gomez thing. But he's kind of choked in terms of reaching his maximum. He still has lots to learn here that other organizations just don't let you learn.
I think Gomez can safely say the Devils are NOT about stagnation as used to be the claim of FAs. It's about putting the cart before the horse and giving these guys so much room for learning. Holik had some communication issues the Devils gave him the room to work on -- the TEAM gave him space to get his message out. The Devils are just a really rare organization that way. Lou fosters a system of learning I hate to say. But it's what he does -- he has this love of knowledge and I think he really enjoys seeing guys progress -- he forgives so much if a guy is just reaching and stretching and learning and progressing. Lou is like a gardener. Most jackasses would pull a sh!tty flowering plant -- but if Lou sees it developing new shoots - he cant do it. he has to see how things grow. That's why Rolston is such a sad case. Dude hates the Jersey soil - he just can't thrive here. Weirdness.
I love Lou. Maybe I'm just seeing what I want to see but that above i think is why I love this team so much. It's in line with my values... or maybe I've just twisted and turned and manipulated it to my own value system I dont put it past myself
do you know him personally?
no not at all -- but some things I just know. hey -- I have a track record on the "knowing" thing - haven't you been reading my posts this year about how right I am replete with examples?
Edited by Pepperkorn, 15 April 2013 - 11:22 AM.