Posted 18 March 2014 - 07:21 AM
I still see the team in decline. We're lacking offence since Zach, Kovy and Clarkson left. We covered a little chunk of it and we're not even close to have covered it and yet we know we're gonna lose more very soon with Elias declining, Jagr retiring and Zids leaving somehow. We have absolutely nothing in our system, boucher MIGHT produce but he'll likely simply cover for the loss of one of those guys. We're still incredibly lacking scoring.
Then yeah we can sign players, but we'll have to overpay if we want a scorer and god knows if we'll be able to get one too. Thats up in the air totally. Then through trades? well thats another thing that is up in the air...
You look around the league and there's teams already better than us who have SEVERAL top prospects coming their way and we're super dry. I simply don't see how we'll recover from such a blow with the ressources that we have. We've lost wayyyyyy too much at once. Thats why im SO pissed at Lou for letting it happen. We absolutely couldnt afford to lose those guys for nothing. As hard it would have been to trade them, if that was the only way well what can you do.
edit: honestly sorry i had to somewhat bring back parts of that broken record discussion but with the subject and the question asked i couldnt really go around it.
The problem with your mentality is that you continue to act as though downturns (and you still haven't seen a real one yet, where you're non-competitive for multiple seasons in a row) are fully preventable, if only this and that had been done. And the bolded is the bullet point you can't seem to get around...you keep presenting it in a vacuum, as though not losing a player for nothing trumps every other circumstance. Not going to turn this into a Zach debate, but AGAIN, the Devils were in a playoff hunt at that time, and he was one of their key offensive players who was scoring pretty consistently after a pretty shaky start. There was no way Lou was going to trade him in that scenario...maybe some other GM would, but it seems unlikely.
And assuming that Lou dealt him, just take a look what Alanta's return for Kovy was. It's not like a great return on these guys is guaranteed, especially when they're potential rentals, as Zach would've been. If Lou had gotten similar pieces for Zach, and the Devils fizzle in the playoffs in 2012, and here we are in 2014 with basically very little to show for that deal, Lou would be getting killed for wrecking the mojo of the 2012 team. If you feel like your team has a legit shot at a championship, sometimes you take your best shot when you can, even if it means, yes, potentially losing a player for nothing. The Devils had been playing some strong hockey after that 12-12-1 start (buoyed by six shootout wins), so I can understand why Lou wasn't necessarily thinking about 2013 and beyond at the time.
Downturns are not fun to watch, especially when there's still very vivid memories of better times, but there isn't a team in professional sports that doesn't experience them eventually, and sometimes the cost of taking a shot in the present is some lesser years in the future.
Edited by Colorado Rockies 1976, 18 March 2014 - 07:22 AM.
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