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08-22-2004, 02:48 AM
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Some thoughts here:

- de Vries was very, very good in Colorado from 2000-2003. He might have struggled a bit after he was aquired last season, but he's only 31 and I would certainly expect a big rebound there. I don't really have a problem with that trade at all considering Rachunek was unhappy in Ottawa at the time.

- I give Muckler credit for at least trying different things and taking risks to try and take the team to the next level. Watching my team in Vancouver stagnate while management refuses to take any risks or deal any youth, or try anything new or different gives me a level of appreciation for this, even if some of the moves he's made haven't worked out. They didn't lose much with the Bondra deal and won't lose much if Hasek flops either.

- personally, if I were GM in Ottawa I would probably just have let Prusek and Emery battle it out for the #1 job, and if neither one showed anything by the all-star break made a move then (ie Kolzig). The Sens are something like 31-8 with those two guys in net over the past two seasons so I don't think it would have been a huge risk. If Hasek is mediocre during the regular season it puts Murray in a tough position.

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