I've never once heard about a budgetary meeting for the Devils. While that may just be a new thing that may not mean much, with a team in this position, it sounds like they are expecting the world or else they are bare minimum expenses. These owners sound more and more like penny pinchers looking for short sighted gains or continued cheapness. I still haven't seen anything otherwise.
"...We're going to want and ask for a ROI (return on investment) in terms of winning on our investment. So, if we are asked to make significant investments, we're going to make them when and if they make sense, but we're going to hold people accountable for those decisions.”
They sound callous and impatient to the process. How can a GM really turn around anything in a short amount of time without buying into the process?
are you kidding? you never may have heard about a "meeting" but Lou would always say, "ownership has given me the ability to do whatever we need" which in truth was bullsh!t anyway. you're looking for issues with these owners when, to this point, there are NONE. well, unless you blame them for getting rid of RR part 2 so you can't chant YOU SUCK.
these guys are the opposite of impatient. if they were impatient, you'd get pegula like moves signing antoine vermette to a 5 year $25MM deal. they've already said that their willing to invest time into building a long term winning team (see Chicago as an example).
everything you read basically says "rebuild" without using the word.