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12-23-2011, 11:39 AM
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Originally Posted by OverTheCap View Post
I definitely agree that Jagr prevented us from rebuilding properly, but that's on Sather and not Jagr. Sather was the one who opted to go in that direction in the first place instead of rebuilding from scratch and avoiding marquee players until the team was ready for it. To hold that against Jagr is a little misguided.
Sather knew what he was doing, perhaps not long term, but in the short run, yes. He made us a competitive team. When we took the Sabres to 6 games in the semi-conference finals we were one elite defense man away from making a legitimate run to the SCF. Legitimately. And the still could have built with youth (it's not like his $4 million cap it was crippling to the team).

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