THE IRONY IS HILARIOUS. You 100% missed the point of the post where Tri points out that all those other GMs came on board and already had franchise players. Then you point out two generational talents that LL had to identify, then acquire and you make it out like it was easy as pie.
You're constantly saying LL should make moves like Shero. What moves, please, list the moves here that Shero made that worked out SOOOO great that LL could have made and didn't.
You are in the cult, not us. The cult of anti LL and anti good moves. Yes, lets trade every pending ufa for picks. Sign every guy super early to big giant contracts just so we can keep them. We should be able to just always draft REALLY good players. I mean c'mon, LL picked Matteau, like he totally could have gotten a Subban type at 29.
This is what you sound like 99% of time. You make it out like LL always has a better option, yet you can never explain how exactly he is supposed to do what you want.
Alright, seriously? First i mentioned my post about the 2 players was sarcastic pointing out how easy it is to look at a situation and discard stuff to make it look either good or bad. Shero got 2 good players yeah, but he made lots of good moves to build a good team around it. Edmonton has like 15 first rounds pick, they are not doing too good either, it takes more than that.
What i want Lou to do like Shero or any other GM? I'll repeat it for you, im a designer i can even make a sign for you if you really need visual to understand once for all. Shero or most GM are NOT restraining themselves to talk to players ONLY before or after the season thats my ONLY problem with Lou. Most of my jabs are STRICTLY directed at that procedure. I NEVER said he has to talk / sign / trade every single players during the season, i'll repeat for you... (you know) I NEVER said he has to talk / sign / trade every single players during the season.
Like, i seriously never ever want to have to go through this ever again with you its ridiculous. If you ever ever say that im saying that Lou should either trade guys or sign them to huge contract during the season im literally gonna snap cause it's bullsh!t.
Let's walk through the Clarkson's final year:
Came off a 30 goals season, last year on his contract. Already bunch of rumours about the Leafs planning on going for him and him being interested in playing in his hometown. We go the full season without both sides talking (this based on reports from Clarkson & his agent / Lou himself, plus thats the way Lou does it, he refuse to talk during the season) so we're in a shaky spot comes trade deadline but we go all in and miss the playoffs. Begin talks at some point before the draft and already by the draft Lou gives up on Clarkson cause his demand is way too high for what he's willing to give. He GAVE UP on him based on talks and Clarkson refusing his offer. Right there we we're done and lost a very good asset and had to throw huge money for a replacement who's not getting the job done so far.
Now, you're gonna jump to conclusions now that i'm saying he should have traded him at the deadline. No. All i wish is that at the trade deadline Lou would have known everything he knew on draft day about Clarkson's demand and everything so that he has all he needs to make the RIGHT decision. If he's willing to gamble going for the playoffs knowing there's a high chance he couldnt re-sign him OR see what he could get for him and then see if it would be worth it to give up on him. The way he's doing it now and every time he's in the dark until it might be too late, and why? it's not because of the management or anything else. It's cause he refuse to do it cause he think it's distraction.
I mean, is it really too much to ask that i'd like my GM to make decisions based on known calculated risks.
So tell me you got this. I'm not saying i wanted Lou to deal Clarkson (if thats what you got from what i wrote though... i seriously dont know what to tell you) All i want is that in those situations that Lou gives himself the best chances to make the right decision. He's not, out of pure stubbornness and thats whats pissing me off.