So you can name 6 players. How many do you think we signed or didn't lose in that time? Context. You can't just rattle off names and say "see, it's true". Where's the context? How many players were not lost? Gionta was never gonna get $5M here and I wouldn't have given it to him either, so that's a totally different situation where I bet Lou said he couldn't match what Montreal was offering.
Significant players draw attraction from other teams. No one cares about one team's fodder. There's plenty to go around. 4A players are everywhere.