I'm pretty happy with Lou. He took everything I thought had to be done and went all apesh!t on it.
This team does not need to lose to expose it's short-comings. Lou just needs to know what is going on.
You know - I always feel all happy with myself when things shake out the way I feel they should - but I do get nervous things will only be taken so far. My sincere hope is that Lou isn't here to win in the now - he's here to fix things for years to come. Lemaire was not a critical part of the vision. I'm not sure he's really needed to get the Devils back to some Essential Devil thing. He's just a font of knowledge and will have a nice clear take on things. His gift is seeing --- once he tries to make something or change something, that's when things get a little hairy. Just tell me what you see and let me take it from there. Player by player tell me what they can bring to the table - and do NOT be kind. Don't say -- hmm maybe Salvador can gonad up and play like a winner. No... take the fast and dirt snapshot - call it as you see it without second guessing please. No judging within the scope of a single guys capabilities. How does that guy fit into the world of professional hockey. Please tell me Gionta sucks in the real world and then you can tell me the best we can get out of him because I need to know that ONLY IF WE CAN'T DO BETTER.
That's the thing you want to hear now, because this IS all about the true holes on the team - the long term, not the win today. I want the team to win but it can't change my vision of who these guys are and who needs to go - the truth cannot be altered for some warm fuzzy I got during a playoff run.
Enough has gone my way often enough that I feel pretty secure Lou's on the same page I am. It's the same page we're all on. I'm right merely because it's the obvious.
I'm being harsh I guess... it's not who needs to go -- it's just what are the short comings of the team. Honestly it has nothign to do with player by player -- it's weak spots and holes. These are not as cut and dry as freaking EVERY armchair GM clacks away on their keyboard. It's not we need a left wing... we need blahblahblah. We need gonads - where are they the softest and most exposed? So I dont want specific players attacked - that's not truth - I get that. Anyhow... so... yeah done editing
I went with failure because he did not learn from his errors. I didn't enjoy seeing what he was up to with his coaching -- I thought I was going to too. I always enjoyed seeing Sutter work his ass off. Problems don't bug me -- I love to see how people handle them. Pete was lame... very disappointed.
I can't ever read him - but he's very honest on ice.
He's got an unreasonable temper - but he can almost always suck it up and make it about hockey.
Because I cannot read him he seems simply devoted to hockey. Nothing is personal - it's all about the hockey. Bad hockey is something to take personally -- but not much else. Because he's so hard on himself, he most definitely has strong opinions about sh!t hockey players. I'm not sure how much he really says though. And whatever he would say probably is too true and makes things worse...
Anyhow - the thread is stating the obvious and I'm sure everyone has had the same cathartic moment that inspired the post. Fact is who gives a fvck if nothing can be done about it? If there is no Elias type available there is nothing to be done. Saying you must look to the draft ... I think I would respect the thought more if I hadn't truly JUST READ quite a few tri posts saying how the draft is kind of meaningless until after the fact -- when it becomes even MORE meaningless. You do NOT know what you're getting. There are NO guarantees no matter WHAT you think your getting. We thought Jagr was a washed up ego maniac...
The ONLY solution is knowing how to make the most of the hand you've been dealt. It's a cop out to say luck of the draw - but to put it all on strategy is kind of the whole point. To say the solution lies in the draft is to say there is no real solution. Just my personal feeling. (Ahh... heh heh Tri had a little add on there -- hmeh. anyhow -- you've got to post what you've got to post - leave it to us to overthink it for you or turn it into a slobbering tribute etc & so forth - like Neb00rs wrote: let it go where it wants to - that's the charm/value of the call to start a topic)