I'd much rather have Loktionov than Ruutu. He is not what the Devils needed at all.
Lou remembers him from 2009.
This isn't overreacting. This isn't people begging for a deadline scorer like Vanek or Moulson and being disappointed what they didn't get. It's being disappointed with the make up of the roster for a while now, and not addressing any issues that have been going on for two years now, and actually making them worse.
Bringing in Kovalcuk wasn't addressing the issue? I've been a Devils fan for nearly 25+ years, since I was a kid, and throughout that whole time I have lived (and loved) our defense-first system. Having a guy like Brodeur in net that you culd count on night in and night out was so reassuring and we didn't have to worry about scoring a ton of goals, which is why we never had huge names and guys leading the league in those categories. Over the past decade or so as we lost our big name defensive stalwarts and as Marty has aged, without finding those precious d-men and running the same system, it became apparent, and a big frustrating, that we needed to finally get some big name scorers. I'll never forget the day we won the "Kovalchuk sweepstakes". For 20 years I watched trade deadlines, NHL entry drafts, and post seasons go by without seemingly any semblance of this team bringing in a bonafide scorer. I couldn't believe we got a guy who had scored 400 some goals, was still in his prime, and locked him up for more than a decade. All the while when other teams were also vying for him. It was great.
Not to mention the sudden departure of him, losing Parise in the same span, and what does Lou do? His best to rebuild, but adding guys like Brunner, Ryder, Jagr, Clowe. It's not an overnight process. No one has a crystal ball, and there's this thing called chemistry that needs to work itself out. Not often do you throw guys together and see them immediately gel.