I think we're seeing Lou get to build the team how he wants to under this new ownership. Lou has shown many times in the past that if a player is an important piece, he will sign them early. People will always point to Zach, but I think this is showing us that Zach was just a case of a perfect storm of bad timing, with a lack of money, a massive Kovy deal, an impending lockout and the not-so-secretive Minnesota money all coming together.
I remember Lou kind of taking a swipe at previous ownership (or what passes for one in Lou-speak)...I forget exactly what he said, but I remember him implying that he was hamstrung financially and wasn't able to do everything he would've liked.
fvck you a$$hole.
Well that's a step up from the last thing you called me...good to see I'm moving up ze ranks.