I'm not saying he's done a great job, his FA imports have clearly left a ton to be desired (as have his coaching choices for that matter) but it certainly isn't fire-worthy. Especially given his track record which should earn a lot more leeway than spoiled fans are willing to give.
Name me one GM available that has a better track record than Lou that you want to bring in to replace him. And if you want to say we need new blood for the sake of new blood, you'd better be prepared to accept the risk that things are far more likely to get worse than better under the next GM.
I couldn't agree with you more. Lou didn't exactly do the best of jobs in the FA market, Zubrus and Rolston seem like awful contracts (I'd give Brian a chance to prove us wrong next season though), but at least it didn't make the team worse. Look at all these teams that dish out huge money to UFAs. Look at the Rangers. Yeah, they are truly great.
And NJ was still better than expected last year: they made the playoffs, although a lot of people picked them to fall apart after losing Gomez and Rafalski (who Lou couldn't re-sign, not for the money they demanded...). Lou keeps the Devils competitive year after year. Lack of playoff success might be frustrating for people who can't live without their team making three Stanley Cup Final appearences in four years, but other than the Red Wings, I don't see any club being dominant year after year in the NHL.
That being sad, I' happy with LL being done with his business stuff. Vanderbeek has already done a good job hiring that marketing guy and with even more new blood, let's hope the Devils can get better at marketing themselves, drawing fans and generating income.
I don't care what Lou has to do- he's gotta get Bouwmeester. It's not everyday you get a shot at a guy like that. And there's nothing this team needs more than a big-time defenseman.
Dream on. I'll be happy if we can re-sing Oduya and lock Zajac.