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10-17-2011, 02:13 PM
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Originally Posted by GKJ View Post
You totally fell into the trap. Go look at the results of the last 30 teams who lost in the Finals and what they did next year. The only two teams who made it back to the Finals (and won) were led by Gretzky and Crosby. Teams ALWAYS bounce coming off of that.
And therein lies part of the problem..we set up Carter and Richards to be franchise superstars which they are not. Never were. They are very good players..exceptional but they need to take it to the next level and it seems management didn't think they could although they may elsewhere although I personally doubt it. Hence why they were moved before their clauses kicked in...also helped that the teams were offering a decent return for the both of them.

BTW..Holmgren after the finals loss was asked about Richards and he specifically noted that "he's not there yet" to take it to the next level. I recall it pretty vividly.

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