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.
And what happens next year when we re-sign Zidlicky, re-sign Fayne and don't buy out Sal or Volch? Lou hasn't shown any inclination ever to alleviate the logjam and after his admission that last year having eight was a distraction, it's worse now.