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10-05-2003, 07:37 PM
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Forgot my 2 cents earlier.

We don't expect highly talented, raw rookies to come in and be super stars over night. They need a few years to make mistakes and learn before they reach their potential. You wouldn't compare the contributions of Hemsky to Sakic (just an example pulled out of thin air guys). Sakic has reached his potential and has proven that he is a super star, so we expect his contributions to reflect his capabilities. Hemsky is starting his second season. Altho we may think he will be a super star, we certainly don't expect him contribute as one now.

KLo is an intelligent, intuitive hockey man with a lot of character, heart and talent. He is striving to build a championship team with players who share these attributes (in varying degrees, of course). In his first couple of years, he made his share of mistakes and appears to have learned something from them (as he should). He has also had some successes to learn from. He is now more confident in his abilities and imho - this could be his "break out" year (starting from the last trade deadline deals, because that sets up this year on the ice).

Comparing KLo's contributions over the last 3 years to those of established GMs is ludicrous, and shows a complete lack of understanding of what it takes to be a successful GM. Anyone who thinks they can do better than KLo, should just go back to their fantasy leagues, because they don't have a clue of what it takes to get the real job done.

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