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Steve Kournianos
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Originally Posted by Leafsdude7 View Post
Kirk McLean and Trevor Linden were both traded early in Messier's first season.



I was talking more generally about the Canucks than about Keenan/Messier. Keenan was a large part in the shake up of the Canucks in the late 90s, a shake up that saw most of the core group and leaders go and undeveloped youngsters come in. The fact that Messier was surrounded by few solid veterans probably contributed to both his and the teams lack of success.

That said, the fact that the pairing of Keenan/Messier worked before doesn't mean Keenan wasn't directly responsible for it not working again.
I was talking about his first season there.

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