But why did they tune him out? If he was ineffective then explain the 107-point season he was able to muster out of them?
I think it was more of the players with their ego's trying to take advantage and Lou took their side.
The same reason they had 99 points the next year with an even worse team, because Marty had one of his peak years and they were able to win a lot of tight low-scoring games. The funny thing was the Devils had actually won four of five games before the firing, though creepy Pierre said Lou wasn't happy with the way the team looked in one of the games Buffalo sliced through them.