Except when he got Schneider, except when he gave up virtually nothing of value for Kovy (the penalty is another issue), except when he got a useful piece in Poni for nothing, except when he got Zidlicky for not too much, except when he let Clarkson be the Leafs problem and got a pretty useful player in Clowe instead.
I don't love the Rutuu deal, but it isn't a calamity. The much bigger problem is that Sal and Volchenkov are still here. But even that isn't so horrible. As much as it stinks to have Larsson in the minors, at this stage in his career, he is likely not the difference between a playoff spot.
No, he isn't - the use of Brodeur for 30 games versus 10-15 games is, though. The trouble is that old players used to be too expensive for Lou, and so he would only retain the guys he could. Now that they aren't, he just doesn't really understand that age isn't just a number. Ruutu is an okay player but him at $4M for the next 2 years stinks. It stinks because there will be 5 guys better than Ruutu who are signed for less onerous money going forward. It stinks because it's one guy ahead of Matteau, who while not looking like a great player by any stretch, needs to be in the NHL in 2015-16 (otherwise he's on waivers). I just don't think that Loktionov for Ruutu is an upgrade and when you consider the money it's even less of one. Then you go and you look at how Ruutu's done in his career against NJ - oh really, he's done exceptionally well? What a surprise. I HATE seen-him-good moves and the Devils have made a few too many of these lately.