i suggest reading up on 'supply and demand'.
I know you don't know much about the game or the business, so I would recommend that you take your own advice and try to catch-up.
No one should be surprised at what Lou got back. GM"s around the league knew as soon as Lemaire was announced as coach Langs was gone to the first offer, compounding the situation was knowing the Devils cap problems.
Lou had NO LEVERAGE.