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06-04-2008, 11:02 AM
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Originally Posted by SingnBluesOnBroadway View Post
They also picked at 22 in '96. And were two years removed from the Cup and were still a pretty consistent playoff team in 1996.
That's true...but to say we survived, well, yes, the franchise didn't leave town. But, Smith was out of a job, as the lack of NHL talent drawn from his drafting was part of the reason the team went into decay, and Smith got canned.

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