If anyone still wants to point the blame on Deboer ans avoid larger problems...just look at this trade. With so many players available cheap like Legwand, Hemsky, Vanek, etc...Lou thinks the player this team needs to get them over the hump is Rutuu. A guy with two more years on his deal at over $4 million and 5 goals in 57 games at the time of the deal.
All that plus his reasons for making the deal (watching 60 games of this team and thinking this is what they were missing), to bringing up the player he was in a 2009 playoff series makes this one of the worst deals imaginable. Now he is just more of the same on a team full of Ruutu like players.
I hate comments like these. Do you seriously think that Lou doesn't know that the team needs more scoring? Jesus, he's a great GM, and you're just some fan. Obviously he wanted to acquire scoring but wasn't able to given the assets that the team has and what was available. It's so easy to say "Get Vanek" or "Get Legwand" (neither of these players are even that good, but that's besides the point). You are not a GM. You don't know what the relationship is like between Lou and the GMs of those teams. You don't know if Lou made offers, or if Lou even would have been able to get any of those players for the price they went for (just because that's what they were traded for, doesn't mean that ALL teams could have made a comparable trade).
Ruutu hasn't even been bad since he got here. He's fine. He just can't single-handedly correct the lack of offensive depth that there is throughout the entire organization. It's going to take years of good drafting and prospect development to do that. No amount of trade deadline moves or off-season free agent signings was going to fix the problems we have.
And since you seem to think otherwise, Vanek or Legwand or any of the guys traded at the deadline are NOT turning this team into a playoff team right now, so any draft picks we would have had to give up for them would have been a waste anyway.
Edited by iamtheprodigy, 23 March 2014 - 12:22 AM.