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03-25-2013, 11:58 PM
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Originally Posted by Bender View Post

This only goes further to prove my point.

Check it out, how do you build a perennial contender? The reason why it's somewhat difficult to accumulate so many strong assets is that the first guy you pick with your top 5 pick, he eventually, sooner rather than later, helps your team win. So to 'counter that' so-to-speak, you need one of two things: terrible goaltending (Budaj+Raycroft | Budaj+Elliott) or a terrible defense (this year's corps). Add to that a coach that has never had a winning record as a coach (even as an assistant in the AHL) and you have a winning formula...for losing.

Who knows why they hired Chynoweth to coach the Monsters. Didn't they re-sign Lefebvre but then he decided to leave to go coach the Bulldogs so they had to scramble to promote Army to be Sacco's assistant and then subsequently hired Chynoweth from the Islanders? That also doesn't mean that he'll be there next year either.

I think it all stems from Lacroix's biggest weakness and that's his general view on the importance of coaching. I've stated many times that I really believe our Avs core group from 1995 to 2003 should have won FOUR championships instead of TWO if it weren't for his stubbornness.

That doesn't mean I don't appreciate the TWO though especially when you consider:
Buffalo - 0
Columbus - 0
Florida - 0
Minnesota - 0
Nashville - 0
Ottawa - 0 [not counting back to ancient times]
Phoenix - 0
San Jose - 0
St-Louis - 0
Vancouver - 0
Washington - 0
Winnipeg - 0

That's 12 teams and countless fans that have NEVER experienced a Stanley Cup win. We've had it twice and I'm pretty grateful for that. It doesn't mean I'll always agree with what Pierre Lacroix does but I'll take him guiding this team rather than a lot of other GMs with 'sometimes meddling' ownership groups.
Yes, I'm sure Pierre Lacroix had a lot to do with Joe Sakic, Peter Forsberg, Adam Foote etc. Yes, he made a fantastic trade to acquire Patrick Roy but in reality how many teams were actually in the running? For the package that we got Roy for, I'd say hardly any. He has made some astute moves in the past, I will give you that, but he has also made some of the stupidest movies I've seen, especially when dealing with restricted free agents which worries me a lot because, knowing Lacroix's history, I 100% can see him trading Ryan O'Reilly just for the sake of his own pride

Would we have won cups without Pierre Lacroix? Nobody knows, but we sure as hell didn't win because of the moves Lacroix made

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