I think we can all agree that this is a different season for the Devils. Not saying Lou himself needs to be scouting many different teams, but it wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing.
Last year, it was thought the Devils didn't have a 1st round pick, correct? Conte should be busy scouting draft picks.
Here is another issue. Lou behind the bench changes the dynamic between player and a GM. He sees a more human side, and so do they. I'm not saying either party can't see through this, but I don't want anything possibly getting in the way of what should be done. What I mean by this is if Lou asks Jagr what he wants to do, stay or go to a contender, maybe Jagr says I'd rather stay here and try and continue to turn things around. This could have happened anyway, but now Jagr knows Lou on a more personal level and has more respect playing for him. It's just different than if Lou isn't behind the bench and calls Jagr upstairs to discuss his future.
It's also possible Lou gets so caught up in the team's effort and commitment to turning the season around that he doesn't want to make any trades. Just spit-balling here.
It's also possible Lou tells Jagr to pack his bags and positions himself in front of the elevator door...twirling an invisible mustache...stroking a black cat on his lap...while the sad Incredible Hulk music plays over the arena speakers...laughing at Jagr as he carries his box of belongings out the arena doors. A "don't let the door hit your a$$ on the way out" is heard over a maniacal laugh...Or atleast that's what the lawsuit may say...lol
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