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09-25-2003, 06:29 AM
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Originally Posted by #16
What bothers me a little bit is that Jacques has a history of having a hard time letting sub-par vets go. That's why he quit in Jersey, the team had peaked out, and it was time to bring in the kids. Which, in turn, meant that some of the veterans, who were loyal to Jacques and the team, had to go. He couldn't do it, he chose to quit himself. Those are actually his words, I read it in one of his interviews. I've seen enough of Foy, Brandner, Michalek, to think that they are probably ready for the big show. But would Lemaire have the nerve to say "Merci, au revoir" to the likes of Darby, Marshall, Dowd, Bomber this time around?
I read that interview as well, and I think you've hit the nail on the head. How do you cut a guy whose done everything you've asked and more? This loyalty/team ethic is one of the core qualities that make the Wild what they are. Jacques will have some VERY tough decisions to make.

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