lol wow i never said players were "automatically" staying here because the team was contending don't put words in my mouth, you're exaggerating what im saying big time. You're twisting wtv im saying to make it look bad thats different. You're simply fed up with me and wtv im saying you'll take it the wrong way every single time even if its not.
Is it true or not that the Devils we're "more appealing" to re-sign for years ago? Before the finances we're a mess and before the team was actually missing the playoffs back to back years.
Is it true that Lou has more convincing to do now with free agents from where the team stands right now? Saying he really want to put back the team on track and that the financial troubles would be taken care of soon and not to worry about? Cmon tell me, is that true or not?
The Devils haven't missed the playoffs in back-to-back seasons yet. This year is far from over.
I addressed this in a previous post...I don't think the Devil were ever considered an "appealing" destination for some, no matter how successful the Devils might be at any given time. Like I've said, I think some guys buy in as they're coming up through the ranks, and other guys do after they've been traded here and get used to how the Devils do things. For several reasons, Marty and the Devils just seemed to fit each other perfectly from Day 1. Same with Langs when he first came here (though it didn't end pretty). Stevens wanted no part of the Devils initially, but gradually came to embrace being a Devil...it helped a lot that key components like Brodeur and Niedermayer came aboard not too far into his Devils' career...in Stevens' third season with the Devils, they had their breakout season in '93-'94, then won the Cup the following year. I think a lot of hockey players have to be almost indoctrinated by force when it comes to the Devils, and even then, guys like Parise and Rafalski decide that, even though things are going well for them as Devils, there's other places they'd rather go.
I think part of the reason Lou has had to go the ex-Devil route in finding players is that I don't think playing for the Devils is for everyone. I think some players find it stifling, and that some players automatically assume that playing for the Devils is too structured and regimented, even if they've never played for the Devils. I think there are organizations that are warmer and fuzzier. And I don't think New Jersey itself appeals to a lot of NHLers.
Let's face it, in a market like this one, if all is going well, you've got a nice prospect pipeline going, and you've got a way to replace guys like Parise and others from within...maybe not exact matches, but guys who can approximate what was lost. I don't think Lou ever likes doing business the way he's had to lately. I don't think he likes having to convince people to come to play for the Devils, and to overpay to get UFAs to fill needs. Lou is never going to be a guy who begs players to come play in New Jersey.
I don't think Lou would ever admit this, but he probably hates the fact that he's had to put together the current team with parts from other organizations, or parts he would've passed over, under different circumstances. He probably looks at the on-ice product and feels like forces outside his control (like financial issues and Kovy just saying, "fvck it, I'm done with the NHL") have dictated some of his moves, when I don't think he's ever really felt like his hand's been forced...until recently. In a perfect world, I think he'd happily blow this up, keep a few pieces, and start all over, but he can't. Good news is there's some prospects in the system again...hopefully in a couple of years (if he's still here), he can go back to building a team his way.
Edited by Colorado Rockies 1976, 06 November 2013 - 01:30 PM.