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01-15-2013, 07:31 PM
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Aside from the fact that the Avalanche had inferior defense to Detroit's all-time quality core in the 90s, they also lacked depth, which was to some degree the result of Pierre Lacroix starting a (perhaps premature) retool shortly after the Avalanche won the cup in 1996.

I don't remember if they were targeting Vincent Lecavalier exclusively for the 1998 draft, or if they also had money issues, but they traded Mike Ricci, Chris Simon, Stephane Fiset and other pieces for first round picks. Then they went out and mortgaged their future on deadline acquisitions like Theoren Fleury, Rob Blake and Ray Bourque a few years in a row which really depleted the depth at the expense of top heavy talent. The Red Wings seemed to be able to maintain a better degree of continuity among their foot soldier class and also had some miracle Zetterberg and Datsyuk drafts which Colorado did not, which allowed them to be competitive into the late 2000s.

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