I'd rather them say, "I want to do everything we can to win as soon as possible." Doesn't that sound better? I don't care that VBK was bankrupt; do you know why? WE GOT TO THE CUP! These owners need to not ask for justification for spending because they do not understand the reasoning for it. If they were funding a grant for an astrophysics experiment, would you expect to have these kinds of benchmarks? And don't go to the article and say that they are asking for timeframes, they gave Lou 2 years when he has had the best track record as any. I see it as 2 years for any coach/GM when it takes longer to build an organization.
Exactly. Do you really want a check with me system with a bunch of financiers when it comes to hockey?
Personally I don't mind it. The owners like statisticians and Lou doesn't. They can and should be a factor in free agency. Plus Lou has made a couple of questionable free agent signings and re-signings lately. I think it's a good last line of defense.