how big is the loss of DeVries in the scheme of things?
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10-05-2003, 09:51 AM
Join Date: May 2003
Devo is a big loss, as much as we'd like to think otherwise.
Not so much for his surprising offense at times, but he was a very solid defensive presence in the defensive zone. At 6'2" 215lbs. with great balance on his skates, he was a rock at times on defense and he gave the Avs another player to match and battle the league's power forwards down low. In fact, at times I think Devo was a more dependable physical presence than the likes of Blake, and even Adam Foote when it came to Todd Bertuzzi.
The Avs had the money to pay Devo what he received this year from the Rangers, but I think it was more of an unwillingess on the part of Lacroix to commit multiple contract years to Devo. It didn't fit with Lacroix's philosophy with respect to the expiration of the current CBA.
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