It's just sad to hear a lot of you basically dancing on the grave of the guy that brought 3 cups because he didn't get another in 10 years. Big picture, it was going to happen before he won another anyway because of his age but everyone is just excited to see next to Devils General Manager anyone's name but Lou's. You look at what Shero did and tell me you're excited to see him running things from now on. Not saying I won't watch every game but why would Shero have any built in trust for any Devil fan. Just calling a spade, a spade.
Well all the naysayers got their wish, now we'll see how the armchair GM's do...I just hope you're all at least thankful for the fact Lou's the only reason we even have a team in New Jersey and not Nashville.
Shero really worries me, his drafting record was crap in Pittsburgh.
Thats not fair. A few thoughts
1) No one is ignoring what Lou has done for this franchise. No one is trying to disrespect him. There will be a time and a place to honour Lou, and trust me, it will be the biggest celebration this franchise has ever seen, and arguably the most emotional. I'm excited thinking about that day when Lou finally gets his day in the sun with past and present Devils there to serenade him.
2) But today, we live in the present. Lamoriello has not done a good job over the last few years. The proof is there. Being a GM is not unlike a great athlete. There is a finite time for success. Just like we shouldn't have thought Martin Brodeur was going to be great in 2014 because he was good in 2003, we shouldn't think Lou will be fine now because of success in 1993 or 2003. The game has changed.
For a tie Lou and Conte were the gold standard for pretty much everything: finding loopholes, scouting, drafting, finding undrafted free agents, development. That has undoubtedly changed as the league has caught up to them and surpassed them. If Lou wanted to continue to be successful, he would have wanted to adapt in many ways, be it hiring additional scouts, changing draft philosophies, hiring as many young hockey minds as he could or looking to bring in people from other successful organizations. Instead, Lou was happy to work alone and stick with his good friend Conte and a few part time advisors that he may have called from time to time. He was happy to do what he had been doing and to trust who he's been trusting for a very long time.
3) Has, to discuss a further point, the defense is far from set for the future. Most of the early picks have focused on defense, but it's way too early to know what the Devils have. Just because there are prospects means very little. In the same way the Blue Jackets weren't set for forwards because of them drafting Brule, Filatov, Picard, Brassard, Zherdev, etc.
Goaltending is great, but it's not the most important position anymore. The Blackhawks continue to win with pretty much anything in nets. The Kings have been so good for a few years, no one even realizes Quick only shows up for 15-20 games a year. Tampa Bay was an elite team this year with a struggling Bishop. The Devils are in a good spot with Schneider, but that won't help the worst forward group at both at the NHL level and outside the NHL.
4) If anyone is going to defend Lou, but be a little uneasy about the hire, remember...HE MADE THE HIRE. This is the person he felt was best suited for the job. So if you aren't happy with it, that just might be one more strike against Lou where he goes with an obvious safe choice or his need for secrecy affects a plan to find the right successor.
5) It was time for Lou to step down. He's 73 and was practically working by himself. It's possible Lou staying on might not even be the right fit, and Shero has an uneven track record to say the least. However, I think it's better than the alternative. And hey I wanted the change, but that doesn't change the fact that Lou Lamoriello is responsible for 99% of the success that my sports teams have enjoyed. He's a huge reason for some of the most enjoyable moments in my life. He's one of the greatest GMs ever. It's just okay, to say he is not one of the best anymore.