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09-25-2010, 05:34 PM
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Originally Posted by bobbop View Post
Now 5 players under 30...and counting.

Youth movement in late 1980s was going fine and then Neil Smith traded Tomas Sandstrom, Tony Granato and Ulf Dahlen away. Albeit he did bring back Mike Gartner and Bernie Nichols (who was flipped for Messier) but we agree that this is a different management mentaility. I think. (I hope.)
Smith did get rid of a lot of young players but he also brought in Weight and the four Russians (Kovalev, Zubov, Nemchinov, Karpotsev) the later four of which were key parts to winning the Cup.

Letting Guy LaFleur go and using the compensation pick on Zubov alone is arguably the most important acquisition made in the team's history up to this point.

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