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08-26-2012, 09:34 PM
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Originally Posted by GWOW View Post
Yes and no. Smith had his hands tied because of Messier. Messier had more pull in player personnel and development more than any non-coach in the game at the time.

The Robitaille and Kurri trades had Messier written all over it.
Not necessarily on Robitaille. Remember it was him and Ulfie for Nedved and Zubov. Nedved was HORRENDOUS in 95 (actually, all but one season here he was a disappointment) and Zubov was abused by the Flyers and Devils that season. Was seen as being a little too soft for the more physical Eastern Conference at the time.

The 94 trades were more about what Keenan wanted. Keenan wasn't into Amonte or Gartner. Gartner had a history of disappearing in the play-offs. Anderson was a player who had a tendency to step it up in the play-offs.

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