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03-03-2010, 12:30 PM
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Originally Posted by Colorado Avalanche View Post
You pay your best players like they are supposed to. Otherwise you will see same **** happen to Colorado what happened to Buffalo and Atlanta. Best players leave.
Problem is, he's not the Avs best player. I'd hardly put him top 5. Basically it comes down to either paying him now an undeserved amount due to LW being a weak position league wide or trading him. They feel there are players that can fill in the void just fine all while saving money. Like people have mentioned, it's no coincidence he ended up in the doghouse of three coaches. If he's ever gonna "rip it up" anywhere, the head that is firmly planted in his buttocks needs to be removed and he needs to play, not float. Like so many trades, it doesn't look good right now, in the moment, but longterm it could be a blessing in disguise.

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