The Sharks had the depth to trade Clowe - who by the way had 0 goals at the time of his trade - the Devils did not have the depth to trade Clarkson.
It's not about the current team its about freagin sitting at one point and getting all the infos you need to make the best decision. Lou REFUSES to do that. Clarkson's demand was not gonna work in NJ, 100% sure. So he was gone. Knowing that im sure its changing Lou's approach at the deadline, but since he simply refuse to talk during the season its too late when he's finding out.
It's all about having the knowledge that youre gonna lose a guy to free agency but being willing of keeping him strictly for a run OR not really knowing if you can him or not and simply going in the playoffs with him not thinking about the future of the team.
i simply don't agree with that approach and nobody will change my mind on that. It wouldnt hurt to at least have preliminary talks during the season.