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11-03-2012, 04:27 PM
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Originally Posted by TheDevilMadeMe View Post
The 1998 team was pretty poorly put together IMO and still almost won. If Mario helps them win, maybe Canada doesn't make adjustments and loses in 2002. It's not like 2002 was a blowout
You might be right about that, very simple pattern here, they' stuck with management until they lost;
1996 Sather coach and GM, lost and never ran canada again
1998 Clarke as GM, crawford as coach. Lost and never ran canada again
2002 and 2004 Gretzky GM and Quinn coaching, neither ran canada again (elite level) 2006 that crew lost and none returned for 2010

If Clarke returns in 2002 it's almost guaranteed he wouldnt hire Quinn given their huge spat in the Lindros deal the year before. Also some argue the Gretzky rant was the turning poing. Not saying they couldn't have won without Quinn and/or Gretzky but we know they DID. It's also likely Lindros doesn't play in 2002 either due to Clarke leaving him off or him refusing to play for clarke.

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