Posted 16 May 2014 - 03:11 PM
These aren't problems that are exclusive to the Devils, though. Horrible roster management is a broad stroke. Our offensive prospect pool is what you'd expect for a team with late round picks every year plus a bust or two. We have defensemen and draft picks from 2015 on as assets for trade. Our prospects have just as much chance of working out as any other team's. We won't be thin when the good ones get to the NHL because there is a new draft every year to replenish. The "3 top guys for nothing" garbage is just that. And yes, they missed the playoffs 3 out of 4 years after making it 19 of 20 years. Downturns happen. It's happening in Detroit too. There is no such thing as sustained success. The point again is that every team in the league deals with this stuff. It's not just the Devils or Lou, it's everyone.
Why would we be sh!tting on the recent resume if it were another team? Most of us wouldn't even look twice if another GM had too many defensemen or underachieving forward prospects. If another team acquired Kovalchuk and Zidlicky for spare parts, who ended up being key pieces in a finals run, and then picked up Schneider for a draft pick, I think we'd consider that a decent recent resume. It's not amazing, but it's certainly not anything bad. He gets plenty of criticism, even from his defenders. Half the board was criticizing some of his moves or lack-there-of this year, especially when he didn't move a d-man at the deadline and the whole Marty situation. That sucked.
Overall, though, everyone knows he's much more good than bad. You take a shot at him every time another team does anything. The grass isn't always greener, so the next guy will probably disappoint you too. Since we all follow the Devils so closely, we see it warts and all. I'll guarantee that mostly every team has things like that first paragraph, but unless we are reading their version of TG Blogs or on their message boards, we don't notice it as much.
It always goes back to the same thing...just about ANY GM who is on the job for this long is going to experience a downturn eventually...of course, most GMs don't get to stay on the job in one place for that long. 10 years for a GM is a long time.
But yeah, SD seems to do a lot of "Well, look what HE did! And look what HE did!" And then it becomes about what Lou didn't do.
Not sure how many GMs have been at their jobs for as long as Lou has been, and had their teams contending EVERY year of their run, but that seems to be the standard Lou's held to, which is a bit unfair..
Like I've said, with most of his moves I can understand what the intent was (including the ones that ultimately didn't work out), but like I've also said, if Gionta is brought in and Marty is re-signed, I'm going to find it really hard to defend either move. I don't care if Gionta comes back cheap...enough with second tours of duty here.
Edited by Colorado Rockies 1976, 16 May 2014 - 03:12 PM.
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