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03-21-2013, 12:53 PM
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Originally Posted by cgf View Post
And that season after trading their pick they contended for the playoffs. This year they kept their pick because the struggles this team would face were predictable. Sherman took a team and essentially from scratch, built up a strong forward core with 3 excellent centers (dutchy, staz, ror), a bunch of quality wingers (Landy, PAP, McGinn, Downie, Mitchell, Jones and Plooshy), 1 first pairing dman (EJ), two solid vets (Hejda and O'Brien), and a good group of young dmen prospects (Barrie, Elliott and Siemens), a Franchise Goaler (Varly) and a good set of goalie prospects. That's pretty sweet for just a couple years of rebuilding. If he can fix our issues behind the bench and bring in an EJ partner he'll have done incredibly well in just a few short years.
The only year Colorado made the playoffs under his watch was with a largely unchanged roster + Craig Anderson. Credit to him for signing Anderson. Also credit to him for making a lot of savvy trades.

But when you add it all up, solitary personnel transactions take a back seat to team success.

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