May 6 2007 (Official "Fire Ruff" thread)
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02-06-2013, 02:19 PM
Join Date: Sep 2005
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I don't disagree with replacing Ruff. But what a completely disingenuous way to frame this.
The level of talent on the teams coming out of the lockout was far more than any team we've iced since. We lost our two best players and co-captains July 1st that same year and never went out to get replacements (ownership again). That was after losing key depth guys the summer before. That had a much bigger impact on the next few seasons and our lack of playoff success. You can't lose that much talent/depth, not replace it and then expect to have continued success.
You can rage on Ruff all you want (at this point, it might be time to move on, yes, for both sides), but the truth is, ever since Drury and Briere left, the teams he got were simply lacking and were -at best - middle of the pack.
The only real abberation was Miller's monster season when they won the Division.
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