I think you missed letting Scott Fraser (the player who came up and played 29 games for the oil and scored 12 goals) follow Sather to New York.
Without doing the individual trade thing the bottom line for me is this. When Lowe took over the high price help was eating all the budget and yet they were all at their prime and there was little upside to Weight, Guerin, Hamrlik, etc. The team couldn't get better because they were all mature players and we were still a 6-9 place team.
Three and a half years later we may still be a 6-9 place team but most of the talent is young and getting better. We maintained our position, got younger and have an upside on a limited budget. This is not easy to do and I would suggest that had the Comrie situation not developed (and we still don't know what role Lowe played in that) that there is a good chance that we would be fighting for the 4-5 position this year though that may be optimism speaking because with whatever is bothering Salo it is hard for any team to win.
For a young GM just hitting his stride? I say a B. My biggest complaint about Lowe to date is regarding Marchant. Not about letting him go. I understand the pros and cons and can live with it. It is about not talking to Marchant and thanking him for the years he gave to this organization. I don't understand that. It costs nothing and says a lot.
By biggest compliment about Lowe? No fear. He knows that to win he has to take long shots in trades and drafts and he has laid it on the line like no other GM I know of on both counts. I like that a lot.
What you have to rememer about Lowe, he was only two years removed from playing when he took the GM job, and when he did so he had no prior experience in management. I think things will only get better for him as he becomes more experienced. And as for plusses, let's not forget his involvement in the Olympic gold medal team. As far as I know, he was the only GM heavily involved in the selection process.
Lowe has an eye for good young talent. Whenever he makes a trade people are ripping him up for the deal, but within 1 year the same people are taking a double take(ie Brewer, Torres, Dvorak). I Think he is great at stealth trades and I have been very happy with the job he has done so far. Marchant going for nothing bothers me, but then again cujo for nothing really bothered me so I think overall if that is our biggest complaint we should be damn happy. Think Mike Milbury.
I liked reading this. I also agreed with most of his comments. Lowe has been a pretty good GM. Most of his personel moves have been sound financial investments.
EDIT: I'd also like to add that I think he does a very good job of evaluating the development of his players. He gets fair value for players when he knows that he can replace their role with someone cheaper and potentially just as useful.
Speaking about Lowe. Did any of you hear Lowe on the HNIC pre-game. He's miffed and angry at Bryan Murray. Lowe said he told Murray twice there was no deal until he talked to the Comrie camp. When he talked, you could tell he was angry. Scott Oakes said that Lowe isn't angry at Comrie but he's angry at Bryan Murray.
an unusual aspect to this trade was how public it went. Lowe's trades generally come out of the blue but Winter and Murray have very big mouths. This all should have been kept behind closed doors and that was what Lowe asked for in the beginning.