In Lou We Trust

Many fans have often mentioned this little phrase when Devils President, General Manager, CEO, Coach, etc. Lou Lamoriello has done something we think is a little off.

This off-season has been just a little off. First, day one of the free-agency whirlwind, a Devils favorite Scott Gomez jumps the river to join the Rag$. Then Brian Rafalski, my personal favorite scapegoat for every goal scored against the Devils, gets the call from Detroit.

Okay, so its been a rough first day. Funny enough, I didn’t blame the players like I did when Scott Niedermayer joined his little brother to help him win a Stanley Cup over at Anaheim – since obviously his little brother couldn’t win one on his own, he needed big brother to push the bad guys out of the way for him.

Right, so apparently I’m still not over Scott Niedermayer leaving. And don’t get me started with Bobby Holik.

Nevertheless, when it was announced Sunday at 12:01 PM that Gomez would be leaving to join the Rangers, I wasn’t mad at him, I was mad at Lou. For most of my life, I have been the first one to defend him. But this new era of the NHL appears to have thrown him for a loop.

It seems that we get these guys, train them, get them to play well, and then refuse to pay them so they leave to go to other teams.

More news has sprouted that Brad Lukowich, a friend of mines favorite scapegoat for every goal scored against the Devils, has re-joined Tampa Bay.

Alright Lou, time to pull a rabbit out of your hat – especially if you have any hopes of me getting one of those partial-season ticket plans…

Kevin Weekes? Seriously? Yes, Kevin Weekes is slated to be the backup netminder to Martin Brodeur for the four games a year Brodeur does not play. There is no word yet on Scott Clemmensen’s status; Clemmensen is a free agent and has yet to be signed. Stepping back, what is the bigger picture of this signing? Fans wishing to taunt Weekes will need to sit behind the Devils bench, not the Rangers bench this season. Enjoy.

Two other players have been signed by the Devils: defenseman Karel Rachunek from the Rangers and center Dainius Zubrus from the Sabres. Although their stats look decent, and should be a close match to their departing counterpart, their +/- ratings are horrible. Zubrus had a -19 and Rachunek had a -9. In Zubrus’ defense, -16 came from his stint with the Capitals for 60 of the 79 games played.

The following players are still unsigned and up for grabs at this point:

  • Group 2: Frank Doyle, Cam Janssen, Paul Martin, Justin Papineau, Zach Parise, Thomas Pihlman, Jason Ryznar.
  • Group 3: Alex Brooks, Scott Clemmensen, Jim Dowd, Jim Fahey, Dan Lacouture, Grant Marshall, Dan McGillis, Alexander Mogilny, Erik Rasmussen, Jason Wiemer.
  • Group 6: Adrian Foster.
  • Unrestricted: Tomas Harant, Bryan Miller, John Oduya.

Note: I bolded the four players I think the Devils should try their hardest to sign.

2 thoughts on “In Lou We Trust”

  1. Seriously we need to KEEP OUR DEFENSEMEN!!! We’ve lost 2 of them in a week!! Okay, granted we did replace one. I definitely agree that we need to resign Parise, Janssen, Rasmussen and Oduya. But I think we also need Paul Martin….you know, since we’ve lost Rafalski and Lukowich. I also wouldn’t mind seeing Marshall back in a New Jersey uniform….it’s always fun to get a unsportsmenship conduct penalty for doing the chicken dance to Darius Kasperitis. 😉 (although he’s not playing in the NHL currently.)

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