i cannot trust jacques lemaire with brendan shanahan. this was the reason i was against signing shanahan last year.
so you knew brent sutter was going to leave and be replaced by jacques lemaire all the way back in december? why didn't you tell us???
the lemaire hatred around here is starting to disgust me. i think the deception (not perception) that he "hates offense" and is incapable of adapting to the newer version of this team is absolutely overblown. all of you in that camp are not giving the man enough credit or respect.
IMHO I can see Shanahan flourishing under Lemaire. But hey, I can't see the future like Tri can, so what do I know?
this is a pretty deliberate misreading of what i said, although i have to admit i wasn't clear. why i didn't want shanahan signed last year is because he was shot in the playoffs for the rangers as a result of overuse. the devils used him intelligently for the first few weeks, but quickly moved his ice time up to unacceptable levels. given jacques lemaire's usage of bobby carpenter in 1998, lou has to leave jacques with as little chance to hurt himself by completely overusing a veteran player - he already avoided part of this problem by not re-signing madden. if shanahan were a 12 minute, 4th line, PP type of player, who sat out all the back to backs - fine. if he's again a 17 minute, PK, PP, does it all - it will be a disaster, mitigated by the fact that new jersey fans inexplicably went nuts when shanahan would rush down ice, or by the exceptionally smart and creative plays shanahan will occasionally display.
Edited by Triumph, 15 July 2009 - 01:38 PM.