Lou said he was trying to trade Volch first and bought him out as a last resort. Instead of losing him for nothing.
SD, I know you hate ze zwine dat iz ze Lou (you sure seem to these days), but I don't know how you can find a way to snivel about this move coming when it did. Lou probably explored trade possibilities, couldn't find one that made sense, and then did what he had to...either way, the end result was going to be the same (Volchenkov no longer being on the team). Why the hell does it matter WHEN he did it? He had time on his side and he tried to use it to see if there was any way he could bring something of value back...isn't a good GM supposed to explore and exhaust possibilities before making a final decision? I don't see what the point is of getting on him for WHEN he bought out Volch...the fact is he did it (when people were fearing Volch would be on the 2014-15 team). The Devils needed to get the defensemen body count down AND do it by getting rid of one or both of Sal and Volch and Lou did that, when a lot of people were positive that he was going to be stubborn about it and not do anything. I'm not saying he deserves major kudos for it, and there is still a LOT of work to be done this offseason, but geez, even when the guy does something we feel is right you have to be a dick about it. Lou can never win with you. To use an example like one of yours, you're the guy who sees a billionaire decide to donate one million dollars each to a few different charities, and your response is "Well, big deal, he's a billionaire and he only donates a few million dollars? That's a drop in the bucket to a guy like that!" No way to win.
Time to see what's coming next. Hopefully a Schneider signing.
Edited by Colorado Rockies 1976, 01 July 2014 - 07:35 AM.