Lacroix is gone...
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05-13-2006, 11:54 AM
Join Date: Jul 2005
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Most overrated GM in hockey history. He gets all sorts of praise, but the fact remains that he inherited a dynasty and proceeded to win only 2 cups six years apart.... Sakic, Forsberg, Sundin, Nolan, Foote, Thibault, Fiset, Kamensky, Ricci, Leshychyn, Gusarov, with Drury and Hedjuk already drafted and in the system... Pierre Page is the actual architect of that team. Mike8's post above breaks down pretty good the guy's idiocy.
I said before the lockout that once the salary cap comes in, this would be Lacroix's true test as a GM and builder. He no longer would have inherited all that young talent, and no ability to spend gobs of money. I actually had a feeling that he might step down just to avoid the whole situation since it might impact his legacy. People would then remember the Cups and yearly contending, not the fact that he screwed up big time.
I sometimes wondered how good Lacroix was indeed...
I mean it was pretty easy to fool Rejean Houle.... And if there was one trade that really helped him out... was the Patrick Roy one.
Heck, I even wondered, if he had the edge over the other GMs in that trade, because he could speak French to him. I am half serious here....
...more seriously... Houle was so sold on Thibeault (I mean, this is laughable)... from maybe memories of the Quebec Nordiques.... That maybe, was one of the wildcard that Lacroix had.
With the recent departure of Milbury... there was little hope for Lacroix to repeat more "great trades".... a la Roy....
Gainey just reminded him of that.
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