Better way of asking this question: How many guys walked that we (Lou) wanted to keep? Niedermayer, Parise, and....? We knew Gomez was a goner (and rightfully so). We knew Holik was a goner (and rightfully so). Rafalski, Paul Martin, Brian Gionta, John Madden...most of our losses were guys who either got stupid contracts or we were going to let walk anyway. Or they wanted out (like Martin & I believe Parise wanted out). Not everyone wants to stay w/ this franchise.
thats true and alright... work with me here. And you're right that not everyone wants to stay with their franchise. And thats part of my point.
1- it's not about what happened its about the way and its not pointing out exact situations.
2- its STRICTLY about me not liking the situation Lou is putting himself and the players in term of negotiations. We can throw examples all day long that this and this and this happened or that this this and this could happen sometimes it turned out good and sometimes it didnt.
3- for the LAST TIME, i'm not suggesting anything. i.e. saying that he should sign all his players early or throw them the bank or anything. I never said that. That he HAS to either sign or trade or anything. Obviously there's shades and it's not black on white. That's what you guys seems to miss in every single of my posts.
4- All im saying is that Lou is not adjusting (other than Stevens, Brodeur and Zajac) but im pretty sure the Zajac signing was because he realized that he simply couldnt take the risk to lose his first line/best center when that one should really be a 2nd line center and he knew he had lots of big upcoming UFAs and wanted to get this out of the way. He simply couldnt and i'm giving him credits for that.
to sum up I don't like that he's using this path, cause you're cutting possibilities for yourself that way.
All i'd like from Lou is that he'd start talks earlier not to get a direct results but to be able to handle situations with all the inputs that he can get and make the right moves in order to calculate and minimize problems. He's not doing that.
By meeting with guys strictly after the season (if thats true), let's say there's a situation (and AGAIN thats an EXAMPLE) where he feel he's not certain a player wants to remain a Devils or that he feels that he's asking too much and that they'd pass on him. Well at least Lou has that knowledge and can play his cards from there. Maybe its not worth it to move him before deadline cause he thinks that guy can bring more in a playoffs run than what you could get for him could help the future, or get a sense of what he'd be worth in a package on draft day or anything worst case scenario. Like i said, it's just a matter of getting a pulse of every situations knowing where you're heading so you can play your card with no risk of getting surprised last minutes and run out of time to find the way to make things work.
Same situation that he's not talking with a guy and only have a short exit meeting with him and then approach his agent a week before free agency and only then learn what the guy is looking for too much or that he'd want to test the market and then lose him for nothing or have to overpay to retain his service. Well a situation like this can either 1- fvck his financial grid he had established 2- force him to make another move that he would not have done to patch that hole. etc etc but since it's last minutes you can burn yourself not being fully prepared to every possible scenarios. 3- if he would have known that the player was probably not gonna be re-signed... chances are that it could not have got a lot for him but since you're losing him you still always have that card and pry a little something for him worst case scenario.
Edited by SterioDesign, 18 June 2013 - 06:09 PM.