Haha dude you're wearing blinders so fvcking thick.
You think only in NJ this is happening? It's a business and the playoffs knows that. If Lou tries to sign a guy long term and it's not going anywhere, he had to trade him. But of course it never got to that point cause he never even start contract talks with him. Even Elias himself said it was frustrating that Lou was doing things that way. So there you go, Elias who's a no BS guy said he's not supporting that sh!t from Lou.
Even if he was just a 4th (which you don't know that) that's a 4th and i'd take it, we have NOTHING. Was it worth to keep him? a guy who's been jerked around and benched all season for Salvador and A-Train? Why keep a guy like that around? We have NOTHING to trade and we need picks, and here Triumph everytime a guys goes for nothing "Who cares? He was not gonna bring back much" EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. Well ALL those times together that's quite a lot of assets that we're not getting and we really have to bet on anything we can get.
You do realize you said it was "no big deal" when Zach left. When Kovy left. When Clarkson left. When every single guy who left. Always the same robotic answer from you. Well guess what. When all those guys were here we made it to the finals and once they all left we never made the playoffs. But yeah, you don't seem to understand the accumulation here.
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Where would the Devils be right now if they had traded Parise in 2011, Kovalchuk ever, and Clarkson in 2012? They'd probably be here. Where they are right now. They'd have some more guys who might be NHL ready, maybe, coming up, so they'd be in a better position for the future, one would hope. They wouldn't have that run in 2012 without Parise, that's almost a certainty, as he was an extremely valuable player both during the season and in the playoffs as well. But they'd be better off in 2015-16 than they will be in our current reality, that I will grant. Or again, I'd hope they would be.
Now let's ask the other question - where would the Devils be if they still had all 3 of these guys - forget that, let's even leave out Clarkson, as he immediately turned to garbage - where are the Devils with Parise and Kovalchuk? They don't have Schneider, probably. They probably don't have Brodeur either. Quite probable they don't have Jagr. It doesn't really matter who they have and don't have - I don't think that team is particularly good either. Maybe they're a playoff fringe team? Maybe they're a few points out of the playoffs? Either way, that team isn't that hot either - it probably doesn't have elite goaltending, it's got the same problems at center that this team does, and it has the other issue, that besides Henrique and Josefson, every other forward on the team is getting worse, and that includes Parise and Kovalchuk. That team's also going nowhere fast, even with Severson coming up, it's not going to offset everything else going on up front.
So no, I don't think that Lou made mistakes going for it. I don't think you either have to be a Cup contender or selling pieces off if they don't want to sign a contract in February. Sometimes you just have to go for it. If the Devils make it into the playoffs last season (not an impossibility at all) and Schneider plays as he has been for the last month in last year's playoffs, that team can win a round or two or three, they weren't horrible, and they wouldn't have to deal with the goddamned shootout in the playoffs.
I did understate how much losing Parise would hurt the franchise and it did hurt it greatly (though Jagr was a suitable simulacrum last year). But again the thing that you don't seem to ever acknowledge is that free agent forwards are going to get worse. Kovalchuk isn't the player he was when we got him in 2010. He's not the top scorer on his KHL team. David Clarkson is a 4th line player now. Having or not having these guys isn't the problem with the team - it's everyone else. Everyone else has gotten worse and no one has come up to replace them. That's not significantly altered by these trades you always talk about, either.