Questions for you. Most are rhetorical, but answer if you want. I'm not attacking you either, so don't take it that way.
How do you KNOW that Lou is not negotiating right now? How do you know that nothing has been agreed to yet?
Let me give you an example this year. Loktionov. We've already heard from his agent and Lou himself that Loktionov is coming back. There's not been an official announcement. You know why? Because guys can't officially re-sign yet. I don't know the date (its before 7/5 and Triumph knows it haha). The only reason it got out is because Larionov mentioned it to Russian media. Lou doesn't say anything until things are official. The only reason Lou answered it is b/c Gulutti asked him and he didn't want to contradict Larionov.
The fact is, we DONT KNOW what Lou is or isn't doing, b/c he doesnt make announcements until they're official. We also don't know the mindsets of these players. They could want to go to UFA to find out what they're worth. If I was Clarkson, there would be no way in hell I'd re-sign before 7/5 b/c the quality of the market is down and this is likely his only chance to make very big money (for his calibur of play). This is Lou's way. I'm used to it. I'd much rather our front office be more up front with us, but they're not. So be it.
You've obviously been a fan of this team for a long time. Is it because we're not as good as we once were that it matters so much that we're not getting info? WE NEVER HAVE. Any information about this team before its announced 99.9% of the time comes out from the other side.
no worries im not taking it as if youre attacking me and i swear im simply trying to make my point across cause honestly everyone seems to be missing it. and im really trying to keep this peaceful eventhough this is irritating anyone putting eyes on those posts.
nobody knows what Lou is doing now. But 1-2-3-4-5 weeks before free agency, there's no difference really other than he has more time to make things happen. Point is at that point it's too late for plan B.
What we do know (from reports and from people involved in different situations through the years and quotes taken from interviews and sh!t. Lou does not want to talk contracts during the season. He's secretive and all we all know that. But with Lou himself saying its that way and many many agents and players confirming it, im taking it for cash at this point.
let me just put it this way. You have player X playing on our team, upcoming UFA.
1- Lou / player X / agents begin their talks during the season to get a feel of the situation on both sides.
2- From there and knowing his intention/ demands on both sides. Lou has many moves he can make
a) if the player want to stay - decide if he's worth resigning now
b) if the player want to stay - decide if its better not to risk injuries and wait after the season to re-evaluate the situation but at least things are established so less chances of bad surprises.
3- player is unsure of his future with the franchises for wtv reasons so its 50-50, so knowing that there's a bigger risk of losing the player Lou can play his cards the right way
a) he'd be more inclined to put him in a package or trade him at the trade deadline if the right deal is in place. So looking for the future while keeping the risks low.
b) decide to go for it and keep him going all in for the run.
4- Player re-sign before or after free agency
5- Player doesnt resign and you lose him for nothing
1- Lou has an exit meeting with player and get a feel of where they stand for the future.
2- From there and knowing his intention/ demands on both sides. He decide if he want to keep the player or not.
a) if he doesnt want to sign him or overpay or know he can't re-sign him - Waive him goodbye and look at him walk
b) if he doesnt want to sign him or overpay or know he can't re-sign him - Try to get a late pick for him at the very least just to get something
c) if he want to sign him well he's starting negociation resulting in - Player signing after or before testing the market
c) if he want to sign him well he's starting negociation resulting in - Player refusing / testing the market / sign elsewhere
so thats my only point all along, and i mean its true. Lou is mostly always putting himself in Scenario B where his moves are really limited and his chances of getting the best of the situation are not the best. Thats ALLLLLL i've been saying for months folks. Im not saying Lou should resign all his players early or wtv but at least put himself in the best situation.