one of my big problem with Lou and the way he handled Zach or any UFA situation waiting last minute is that we're losing them for NOTHING.
i mean obviously if you're in a position to make a run or in the playoffs it's hard to go and trade away some of your top players, and the team is more important than one player.
But the way he's doing it he's really putting himself in a corner and it's a HUGE gamble.
If he knows he wants to re-sign a certain UFA, approach him in the season and if you see that the players want to wait for free agency... means he may have a foot out of the door already, so well it might suck to trade one of your top player but it's a business, play hard ball. and its only common sense...
THIS is what Lou should have done with Zach and should do with any top players:
"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."
Nothing wrong with that approach, it's not disrespectful, it's only common sense. Players and agents would understand the situation and it's putting you in a situation to really bounce back and set yourself to find solutions faster. You're in the driver seat then. And you can get a bigger return than if you trade him after the season for free agency, cause teams knows then the guy want to test the market, you dont give up assets and trade for his rights risking to lose him too like Philly with Hamhuis.
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.