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10-16-2003, 10:26 AM
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Originally Posted by LT
If there is one thing I could criticize him on is his original direction, why go with Lemieux and pay him so much, then go after Amonte and pay him a bundle if in fact your goal is to rebuild? I really would like an answer to that.
My answer to this is that while it takes a lot of patience to build a team, there is not a huge (patient) fan base in Phoenix yet. Hockey is new to Arizona. The team is trying to build a team for the future and at the same time put a product on the ice that will draw attention to the team. Whether good or was the end result, signing Amonte drew a lot of attention to this team, and all of it was optimistic.

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