Well that's Lou's job to figure it out not mine. But wtv he did or didnt do isnt working out. and i'd assume Lou said HIMSELF "you just CAN'T replace a guy like Zach." but it could be "Don't" cause thats clearly what he did... he didnt get anyone to at least try to fill that production from Zach and Sykora. It works to make small acquisition to patch things on trade deadline just to boost your team... but we lost a 30 and a 20 goals scorer and he simply didnt bring anyone that could come close to patch for that lack. It's a fact, he didnt. I guess he assumed Zajac's production since he's back would be enough, i guess he thought having like 6 4th line players should do to.
Exactly, so stop trying to make it sound like it's so friggin' simple and that Lou should've just been able to easily replace both players . Lou is thorough and I am going to give him the benefit of the doubt on this one...I am guessing he didn't see anyone to his liking enough to overpay (which is what tends to happen when bringing in UFAs). So be it. Sometime the quick fix just isn't there. I can understand his thinking re: Zajac...it's hard to believe that he has four assists in 30 GP. I don't know a soul on Earth who could've seen THAT coming. I would think by this point, he'd have 10 or so by accident.
Though lack of scoring has clearly hurt the Devils, when you have a goalie putting up an .886% in 17 starts, it's going to make for some rough going. Your complaining is built on a faulty premise, that quick and obvious solutions are always there, if only a guy like Lou was observant enough to see them all. You may want to look at the other side of that coin, and realize that maybe, just maybe, a guy like Lou is smart enough to see that quick and obvious solutions WEREN'T there this off-season. The fact remains, you've seen your team get to five Finals and miss the playoffs three times since '88-'89. Some seasons it doesn't all fall into place, and this one's not over yet.
Not saying Lou is perfect...no GM is or ever will be. He's had his share of follies and moves that seemed good on paper, but just didn't work out.