Not Lou's fault that Kovalchuk bailed on the team.
He re-signed both Zajac and Henrique to long-term deals BEFORE THEY WENT UFA, but both haven't been scoring (though it's arguable how much either player should have been expected to score). He re-signed Elias.
He tried to recover from Kovy the best that he could by signing guys who at least had shown the ability to score previously (Jagr and Ryder). He took a gamble on Brunner.
Clearly it's not working from an offensive standpoint, and it sucks that a guy who looked like he might be able to score in Tedenby looks like he's going to be a bust. Unfortunately the Devils aren't getting much help from their prospects, as far as forwards who can score goes.
But what would you rather he had done?
He should have deal with clarkson earlier and trade him once he would have figured how ridiculous of a contract he wanted. We cant use the "in the run" excuse every single time(where did that get us?), you have to look long term too and adjust.
Then first dont keep the 29th pick. And if you do dont draft a 3rd line winger from the juniors.
Then if you have a shot at an early 2nd round pick whos a scorer, dont trade down to pick up a fvcking defensive dman.
I mean. If you have a team with a sh!t ton of scoring prospects, go nuts and pull moves like that, you can afford it.
I wont even talk about zach either.
Yes he signed free agents to fill holes, holes that were left not cause he let guys walk. Holes cause his plan didnt work.
So thats what i would have wanted him to do. So now why dont we keep it there and not argue about something we both already went over 45 times? Whats the point? We dont have the same vision. Ill get this clear, i didnt want to trade zach or clarkson. But now, if i could go back in time id fvcking do it for both. Yeah we can bring up the cup run, it was awesome but we didnt win. We didnt win and were crippled in scoring for years after losing 30 goals scorers. So theres days that i think id take a first round exit that year and still have wtv assets we could have got for those 2. Wed have something to look forward to at least.
Again, if you dont agree. Fine. We dont have to fight over it. I like horror movies and punk rock, my mother doesnt, we dont argue about it every time we talk either.
Edited by SterioDesign, 03 December 2013 - 06:55 PM.