My team has just suffered a death blow, and I blame one person, and one person only and that's Lou. All of you who drink the cool aid, you have not been fans as long as I, this goes back to the same thing as with Brendan, the man does not know how to have personal relationships with his players, and unless the players have some undying faith to the area, they will NEVER stay.
The above is so factually inaccurate, I don't even know where to start.
If Lou's "personal relationship" with Niedermayer was the reason he's now with the Ducks, the Devils would have never been in the running to keep him.
"unless the players have some undying faith to the area, they will NEVER stay." I don't even have the time to list off the players who decided to stay and who weren't exactly born in Brick.
"Suffered a death blow?" It's a playoff team with some serious holes, but you're acting like we've been gutted. Did I miss the memo where Jeff Reese is now our goalie again?
As for Shanahan, there is nothing in his departure you can blame Lou for. The Blues offered the moon for the kid financially, and he left. And then Lou bitchslapped St. Louis right back by getting Stevens. Which brings me to the point that your strange little rant seemed to miss:
No matter how many times it looks like this franchise has been kicked in the balls, Lou always ends up winning.
How long has Lou known Scott was not exactly a East Coast guy????
Yah think like 13 years or so?
How long has he known what family means to him, what playing with Rob would mean to him, you think over 10 years? He had a good 3 years to get Rob, it's not like he was untoucable once he was traded by Florida, the man did not get it done.
His personal relationship with Scott, his refusal to treat the players like men, and let them get the press they deserve, it all came back to bite him once again.
The players who stayed, since the list is so short not long, lets look at them.
Kenny, he lives here year round now, this is his home, he was loyal to the owner more so than Lou.
Scott Stevens, he tried to leave at first, Lou matched it, then it became his home, and he was winning.
Marty, this is his team.
Other than those 3, I don't know what players you think have ever stayed.
The team has to be gutted of his dead weight, with Scott we could compete for a championship, if anyone really believe we can do that now in the next year or two, I would love to be on what you are, it might make me feel better at the moment.
Rebuild, they have some great pieces here, they will still be here in 2 years, but rebuild now.