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10-06-2003, 05:55 AM
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I don't think it was the money that was the factor. It was his desire to play a larger role, and he wasn't gong to get that here with Foote and Blake here.

I don't think DeVo was overrated. If anything, he was underrated. Take in mind he led the NHL in takeaways the final year the NHL kept track of that sort of thing in 2001-2002. He knows when to pinch up, when to stay back, had a decent, if not great, shot from the point and rarely got beaten on breakaways. A good all-around defenseman.

That being said, his loss shouldn't be crippling. Skoula will HAVE to step it up. He no longer has any excuses with Slovak chomping at the bit to move up. His play this preseason hasn't instilled me with much confidence.

There's also the factors of Skrastins and Liles. Liles has clearly outplayed Skoula and Skrastins is willing to give and take punishment, unlike Martin. Both will also have to up their respective games.

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