Gillis is a great GM, I like what he's doing with Luongo, fielding offers and waiting for the best value, but he's somewhat blind in other areas. We need another forward that can play with Kesler. We got Booth, and now we need one more. What does he do? He extends Raymond. As soon as he did that, I lost all faith. He won't trade Raymond either, whose gonna want Mason Raymond? Not even for a seventh rounder. In his pressers, he stated that he has full confidence in Raymond, and he feels that he can be that second liner he once was.
Strongly disagree with you on two counts in this paragraph.
One, Gillis is NOT doing the right thing with Luongo. Lou's value has nowhere to go but down. If MG's betting on some team's goalie tearing his ACL, and them paying a premium to acquire Lou, that is extremely risky, for the facts that he's then betting on a low probability event to occur, and that Luongo might not want to go to, say, Detroit, anyway, if Jimmy Howard is to tear his ACL. Gillis has gone about this situation in the entirely WRONG way. He'd be best to concede his mistake, get rid of the cancer before it spreads, and just move on. There's really no point in holding out, here, because there's no conceivable way that 33 year-old Roberto Luongo's value will somehow increase by being Cory Schneider's backup. Think about it.
As for the Mason Raymond signing, I like it. 1 year. $2.2M. That's not a bad deal at all. Mason Raymond is not nearly as bad as his perception on this board would suggest. Prior 20-goal scorer, good age. Speed. I don't know how this is considered a "failure". He's a second/third line tweener, nothing wrong with that at all. IMO, this is easily Gillis' best move of the summer.