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07-10-2012, 08:58 PM
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Duskog
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Originally Posted by Drury_Sakic View Post
I agree, sorta.

The one thing about Liles was that he was the only holdover remaing from several HORRIBLE years of Avs defensive cores. Now, I am not blaming Liles alone for what happened over those years, but at some point you have to start over and Liles was the "leader" of some really bad groups. Change for change sake is sometimes a good thing.

Another thing to consider about Liles is that he once again fell off the map 100% after December with the Leafs....which is one of the things the Avs needed to change as a club.
This is it I think. I think most of us fans had a soft spot for him, but with Sherman taking over and the guard completely changing, it was the right move. Look at Edmonton, hung on to Smyth and Horcoff. Hemsky too, I think. You could almost add Smid, but he's solid, and was young when Moreau and Staios etc were around. It seems like holding on to older players for loyalty's sake is often a bad idea. Sometimes it works out like Selanne or the Sedins, but not always.

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