Zedlee wrote: My concern is what if RL loses his edge and his skills diminish? Or has another playoff meltdown? wtf do we do then?
The new coach could make a difference but doubtful. We have to keep in mind that we're getting an older Lu and a pissed off Lu whose mentally checked out no matter how hard he tries to check back in. And we haven't talked about the other big factors at play here. In years past when we didn't have a capable backup in Schneids, the concern was he played too many games in the regular season and burnt out in the playoffs. That was when he was still in his 20's. Can he play 65+ games at this age? Can we afford to have him use the first month of the season to find his game like he normally does with no one really to bail him out? Then there's the Olympics. Imagine 65+ games, plus having to fly all the way over to Russia for another half dozen games if Price, Brodeur, Crawford, etc. prove incapable. Not to mention the Twins, Kes, Edler (if he's still with us) having to fly over as well.
A bad move is looking worse and worse. If nothing else, I'm excited about the kids we drafted and maybe it's a good thing because we got a head start on that rebuild that may just be coming sooner rather than later.