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02-07-2013, 02:19 AM
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Greatness is more about timing than anything else.

Look at Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles; former NHL floor mats. They didn't follow the same path back to prominence, but the one thing they do have in common is that a lot of the players they'd been developing emerged at the same time.

That's how teams end up getting ahead. It's one thing to trade assets to make a big splash (see: New York Rangers); it's another to build towards a goal and then suddenly Duncan Keith is a top-10 defenseman, or Tim Thomas is an elite goalie.

But that's greatness.

General success is achieved through astute day-to-day, year-to-year operations. More than anything else, the Avalanche need to establish an identity.

You can't add a slew of young finesse forwards and compliment it with a defensive populous that's almost exclusively veteran journeymen and expect fans to have faith in the organization's direction.

Not after four years of mediocrity.

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