This is probably the best / cleanest break possible for the Devils with Lou who is unquestionably a legend and deserves the lion's share of the credit for the Devils success over the past 25 years (but had to go).
I think Lou's not very good at free agency at this point but I do think he can still negotiate a great trade. I wonder if one of the reasons the Leafs decided to ultimately bring him on was to facilitate the dumping of Lupul, Phaneuf, and Bozak. That team organization is so convoluted at this point I can't really keep track of it, but I really don't think he's going to enjoy anywhere close to the control he got in NJ.
I feel bad for Severson and Henrique. Not for what DeBoer did to them, since they played very solid hockey under him and they were young and it didn't matter and they're constantly overlooked as young players who thrived here, but because they were saddled with the three wheeled sh!t wagon after he left.
The narrative that DeBoer is terrible with youth just doesn't fly. Larsson couldn't acclimiate himself to the DeBoer system and then when he did he was hurt. Finally he got it when DeBoer was on his way out. Josefson, unfortunately, wasn't able to do what was asked of him once he failed at playing his own game. I think he'll get a chance here this year but I'm not sure he's that good of a player.
Tomas Hertl will be fine.
Yeah just because Larsson and DeBoer didn't fit together I'm not automatically assuming every young player in San Jose will be thrown to the curb.
In any case the Sharks are kind of at a crossroads, are mostly a veteran team and need to win a cup either next year or the year after before Thorton/Marleau retire. If Hertl doesn't blossom under DeBoer it will be a minor tragedy but they can't choose their coach based on the question "who is the best coach for tomas hertl?" They are focused on the next two years primarily.
DeBoer I thought was the best man for the job. I think he'll be good for San Jose for the next two years.