Time? I know you disagree but this team is better than this. If they're indeed not, then play the young kids. Why watch the same sh!t play over and over again? Even if they're a really bad team on paper, that doesn't excuse basic mistakes and terrible coaching.
But the team really isn't much better than this. You've got aging guys, injured guys, scrap-heap guys. Not only do they not score (57 GF in their last 28 GP), but as we're seeing, they also can't stop the other team from shooting at will. The Devils have been outshot 933-781 on the season. 31.1 shots against per game. These aren't the Devils we once knew.
What young kids? Boucher? Sure, you could do that, but don't expect much from him (not right away, anyway, but I don't think he's going to be much of an NHL player). You can bring up some of the mid-20s AAAA players from Albany if you want, but don't expect much from those guys either. They're like many backup NFL QBs...there's a mystique about this guys until they actually start playing, and then you realize why they're not starters to begin with.
This is going to be a step-by-step process. The deadwood will have to be expunged...the returns on those guys will likely be minimal or flat-out nonexistent (as was the case with Brunner), but at least they'll be off the team. But for now, yeah, it will probably be more of the same. I don't know a coach on the planet who will get much more out of this team.
This is going to be one of those years where you're probably going to just have to take the ugliness and the losing for a while. I'm curious what Lou is thinking, re: PDB. It's getting to the point where Lou has to decide if he