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04-14-2013, 04:38 AM
Join Date: Dec 2010
This idea that Darcy should be able to survive because of '05-'07 is ridiculous.
The way that team was constructed just happened to coincide with some rule changes coming out of the lockout that benefited smaller, faster teams. The only premeditated post-lockout Darcy moves were pickups at the trade deadline those two years. Nothing stellar there.
Also, the President's Trophy team that Darcy defenders love to point to, was already cooling off WITH Drury and Briere still on board. That team performed best in the 2nd half of the '05-'06 season and the first half of '06-'07. They had been playing very close games and found ways to come back and win...but that ability eventually waned, and that PT team barely got past the Rangers in round 2 and were almost swept by the Sens in the ECF.
THEN Drury and Briere left.
Darcy has really NOT shown that he has the ability to be the architect of a championship-contending team.
He's had enough time. More than enough time---unless you believe the other 29 teams in the league don't know what they're doing when they fire coaches and GM's. Only Buffalo understands that a GM is like a fine wine...and needs at least a generation to fully mature.
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