There is no Brodeur in his prime. No HOF defensemen in Stevens and Niedermayer. No Rafalski. No A-line to wonder WTF is happening with this team.
If Lou fired Deboer, he should just fire himself. His coaching change worked once with Robinson.
It always amazes me that people will sh!t on the players and sh!t on the coach, but no one even questions the GM much.
There's a reason for that -- he's the farthest one from the ice and farthest from having an impact on the outcomes of games. There's a hierarchy of blame, and it is as follows:
1- Players. Players play, and coaches coach. A goalie lets in a weak goal? He shoulders the blame. A player takes a stupid penalty and that costs his team a goal and/or the game? It's on him
2- Coaches. So the players are playing well, but the decisions, strategy, formations, call-ups, etc do not make sense. That's on the coach. Not motivating his team? Also on him. Team choking when it matters or unable to hold leads? On him.
3- GM. The GM is third on the list because the only thing he can really be blamed for is bringing in the wrong coach or players, or spending money in the wrong places. The former is hard to prove right away because it takes players AND coaches a while to form chemistry, run their own system/style, and so forth. The latter doesn't happen that often unless you're Glen Sather -- most GMs, especially Lou, are pretty good at spending money on the right players.
4- Owner. Most owners are hands-off and just serve as bank accounts for the GMs to build and construct teams. We've had our share of screw ups in that department recently, as have other teams (i.e. the Lightning with those 2 clowns from the movie industry before Vinik took over who btw has just been a phenomenal owner), but other than that it's pretty easy to be an owner.