So Lou didn't spend a sh!t ton when he was winning cups? Sure not Rangers, but he was definitely above what would be "the cap" at that time.
It's hard to put anything up on either side right now because we don't know where to go. Some people put their trust in Lou (me and Will) some people put their trust in ownership (place name here). Neither side knows what they are critiquing so far yet and that is why you are on the sidelines.
Full of sound and fury signifying nothing. It's nothing because we are waiting for facts to argue. It'd be great to just have everything "formulated, sprawling on a pin" (in your poetic sense) but we won't have that for years because not even Harris or Shero have those answers. I know everyone will call me archaic or "knowing the devil you do know than the one you don't" by saying I wish Lou were around, but I don't. I just want a unified path. Let the owners own, the GM manage, the coaches coach, and the players play. Lou used to have that down (except maybe the coaches coach). But I just don't like hearing the owners take another hat just because they have some numbers that justify it. Maybe it means something to laymen, but it can mean more to others that know the game.
The owners had to step in. The Devils missed the playoffs 3 straight years and arguably got worse each year. The only unified path that Lou was taking the Devils down was one to obsolescence - and I don't blame him for most of his moves, the Devils had a team with aging stars and you either have to try to augment that with talent or get rid of those stars. But once it becomes clear that the GM isn't making the moves to turn the franchise around, something has to be done. They may have tied his hands on a coaching hire during the season, but the Devils were a laughingstock + Cory Schneider from March on, and ownership had to be wary of fixes that involved long-term contracts to aging players. I wasn't sure that Lou would want to oversee a rebuild that would almost certainly not end before he was taken out of his GM's chair.