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01-08-2013, 07:57 PM
Olaf Fub
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I think people soured on Barrasso at the same time they began to sour on the team. The honeymoon period for the franchise lasted a good ten years because Punch built a really good team in a short period of time. When the Knoxes hired Bowman, the thought around town was he was going to win us the Cup. Plus, we had all these high draft picks (Barrasso, Housley, Andreychuk).

Barrasso was an easy target to blame when things started to go poorly. A lot of it was his fault for reasons mentioned above. We were a spoiled fan base back then. The team hadn't really been bad until the mid-80s.

His rookie year was great and he and Sauve were a awesome tandem. I'd put him in the same class as Luit and Peters; maybe a step below Smith and Fuhr (but both of those guys played for dynasties).

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