I totally agree with you. The people who tend to do this on a more serious note (so taking out the people who are clearly doing it in jest) are the ones who have a bone to pick with the new direction the team is taking and with the owners/management in general.
Funny, I don't think I hear anything from them mentioning how we raided Montreal for both players and personnel in the late 80's and early 90's which set up the base for the march towards the eventual cup win in 95. Richer, Lemieux, Robinson, Lemaire, the trap, etc. were all things we took from Montreal.
That really is an excellent point. Lou made no bones about it. He looked to Montreal as a model and took as much talent from there as he could to change the culture and identity of this organization at the time.
The problem I think some people are having with what is going on now is they feel that the Devils don't need that type of overhaul. While the success has not been there the last 3 years, I think they believe this organization did not need an identity overhaul which is going on right now, but needed patience to rebuild the roster.
I will say this, The most exciting years to be a devils fan were 1999-2001 because those teams could do it all, including score. If fast, attacking and supportive brings us back to that type of hockey, I'm all for it because it was fun to watch.
Lou had Vanderbeek melding in his operation, the the league more in because of the financial mess and they melded in Lou's operation and then the new owners watch Lou fail to deliver so they melded in his business. Net result Lou was moved out of the way of progress. Harris was willing to pay Lou for a year and not fire him. Clearly change was coming and not the changes that Lou accepted easily. Shanahan makes him an offer so he leaves. End of story.
Ex Devils playes won't end up in Toronto because Lou doesn't have complete control there. It's called the Shanaplan. Shanahan is calling the shots about everything. Lou is there to groom Dubas the AGM.
Best wishes to Lou. He put his full page letter in the Record not the Star Ledger obviously cheaper then the word spreads and we debate what he said. Time to move on.
He put his ad in the Star Ledger as well. Know what you are talking about before you try to knock the guy.
I think everyone is reading too much into Lou's words which, as we all know from experience, don't mean a whole lot. It is apparent that Lou was forced out by the new owners (rightly or wrongly) and wasn't ready for semi-retirement and a role which gave him no say or influence in how things were run. He got a job which would be provide him with his customary role as GM with some level of autonomy and, ultimately, decided to take it after what appears to be months of contemplation. I can't blame him for that. He wasn't going to be happy glad handing corporate clients all day and, since he apparently has no hobbies, full fledged retirement was not an option for him at this point.
As for the financial comment during his press conference, I think that references Vanderbeek. However, it typical Lou fashion, it's so open ended that it can also be interpreted that Lou doesn't agree with the new owners pulling back the purse strings at this time based upon the rebuild philosophy Shero is employing (which I like at this point).