themightyall Posted July 24, 2015 Share Posted July 24, 2015 Lou had only one real interesting point during the press conference as it relates to the Devils. I have a bit of trouble with this. We all know the Devils had issues the last few years before the new owners came in financially. I'm not sure what the NHL allowed Lou to do or not, but perhaps not giving the funds or the 'okay' to sign Parise during the 11-12 season was one of them? Where else was Lou hamstrung? He got to sign Jagr, and Brunner, and Zajac long-term. He signed Greene and Schneider long-term. Had funds to sign Cammalleri and Clowe to big free-agent deals? We know about the changes that Harris and Blitzer were looking to make in terms of wanting to know their ROI for these signings, but other than Parise....which by the way was massive, where was Lou handcuffed and not sure what was the point of him saying all of that. The Devils could be a cap team this year, and it would do almost nothing to help this hockey team. I'm sort of disappointed in Lou for being so candid about why he left. It could've easily been, "Shanahan lured me away because I and he felt I wasn't done" but instead he had to throw that parting shot at the owners. He was able to spend to the cap in their first year when he traded for Ruutu and had Jagr hit his performance bonuses, but that could have been the last straw to the owners too. I wouldn't put too much into the signings he's done after that just because there is also a cap floor, and that is what we are at right now with the signings Lou gave. If he wasn't spending money on them, it would've been on someone else. Sure Clowe's money could've been spent on pretty much ANY other player and be a better situation, but it's all culminating in trying to get an NHL team together. But I will say about the quote, if Lou is referencing finances in jumping ship now, it definitely has to do with who owns the team now, not 5 years ago. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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