you keep saying we all are looking from the end of the 2012 season until today, did you completely forget how absolutely atrocious 2010-2011 was?
Lou, admittedly, sat on his hands entirely too long with MacLean, we had young guys and patch work players playing significantly above their potential/capabilities under Lemaire and it nearly saved the season.
we have too many players under atrocious contracts, and since the lockout he has a proven track record of making such signings. Clowe isn't the first head scratcher that is probably going to be too much money for too long.
You wanna keep supporting Lou, by all means, its your right as a fan, but the fact you're bewildered that fans are kind of getting fed up of "status quo" and b & c list players being plugged in to replace and fill a-player roles is just as dumbfounding.
Not to mention our pipeline for prospects went from being amazing to average at best outside of a small handful of players.
you wanna know who I'd take to replace Lou if it were a perfect world and we could get whomever we wanted? I'd start with Ray Shero, Stan Bowman, and Ken Holland without looking around the league and putting effort in.
Ray Shero? Where is he without his dad, Crosby, and Malkin? Shero made two very solid trades, fleecing people with his overrated defensemen, but again, he's handed 2 of the top 5 players of this generation - it's not easy to screw that up.
Stan Bowman? Where is he without Bill Wirtz and therefore Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane? Did he draft Keith and Seabrook? He's made some fine moves, but most of Chicago's best players were not there when he became GM.
The Wings have a better prospect base but they have the same exact roster thing going on as NJ does - they have guys like Mikael Samuelsson, Todd Bertuzzi, and Dan Cleary blocking spots for people like Tomas Tatar. The Wings are set up to be a nice team for the rest of the decade, but they don't have many potential superstars (if any) and their best players are getting old.
Edited by Triumph, 04 November 2013 - 10:45 PM.