This has already been quoted a couple of times, and with good reason...because it's fair and makes a lot of sense. And more and more, this is where I think Lou's age becomes an issue...not because he's automatically going senile or because the game has passed him by, but because a guy who will be 73 years old come October may not be interested in being patient and thinking long-term. When Lou says he knows that the team needs a couple of scoring forwards, I worry about Lou "solving" the issue in just the way Tri alludes to: overpaying a couple of iffy guys that might help out a little bit, but not really all that much, and not enough to make much difference in the short-term.
I'd rather not go into next season seeing a team built on a house-of-cards, IF approach, where we're all going into the season hoping for the best based on IF this guy can do this and IF this guy can do that, then maybe... The Devils tried that last season...IF Ryder can bounce back, IF Havlat can stay healthy, IF Jagr can repeat 2013-14, IF the young D can all grow up quickly... The Mets used this approach for years...problem with so many IFs is sure, sometimes you do get all of the breaks and it does all magically come together...but more often than not, it doesn't.
I'm generally OK with what a lot of Lou did due to various circumstances (often perfect-storm scenarios) that didn't help at all, but this offseason has to be different. This is where I agree heavily with Tri's post...this offseason can't be and shouldn't be about trying to get into the playoffs in 2016...sucks for Schneider, but it is what it is. And if Lou is interested in more patchwork and trying to make it with shaky UFA overpayments, I can't get behind that.
I'd really like to know how involved ownership is with the future direction and strategy. what is the chain of command and what is the message being relayed to Lou?? if any. most of us posters can see a win now mentality is the last thing we need. we have to build draft equity and let FA come to us, not reach