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05-12-2006, 05:28 PM
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Rolston was lousy in Colorado. Any time you have an opportunity to put your team over the top for the Cup, you do it.

Look at it this way: Dallas and Gainey gave up Iginla for Nieuwendyk. That was a good deal. But Iginla has gone on to be an excellent clutch performer.

Lacroix only gave up Rolston (and that behemoth Grenier who never made it, and Pahlsson who was later dealt for the illustrious Nazarov I believe...). Not a huge deal. And they won the Cup. Big deal.

Lacroix made some pitiful deals that were clearly bad at the time (check my previous post on two of his more recent deals...), but to say he merely inheritted a good team is not giving him due credit.

He did surround his cast with excellent support players over the years that have put the Avs over the top. In addition, he's worked at changing the core. If only he had stopped making the risky deals, the Avs would still be a top tier club. Flipping Reinprecht (a throw-in on the Deadmarsh/Blake deal) for Ballard; drafting Liles, Tanguay, Hejduk, Wolski, Svatos, Richardson, et al ... excellent job.

He picked up key contributors over the years, like Blake, Bourque, Lemieux, Roy, and legitimate grind-line type players in Podein, Jones, Keane, Konowalchuk, Laperriere, etc.

Lacroix knows what it takes to win and kept his Colorado club as a top tier team for a decade. No small feat.

He was just too ballsy for his own good down the line, dealing proven playoff performers like Drury for Morris. Yikes.

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