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02-09-2004, 01:17 AM
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Originally Posted by Voodoo Daddy
I don't mean to be dense, but why would being the coach and GM stop Dudley from completing a significant deal?
While Dudley, reached Sunday night on a scouting trip, would not confirm that the final decision has been made, he certainly sounded as if it had. He's headed to Las Vegas today to take part in three days of GMs' meetings.

"It started to gnaw away at me that I was not going to the meetings," Dudley said. "It's an important time to be with your peers. I traded for Nikolai Khabibulin [in Tampa Bay] at one GMs' meeting, so this is very important.

"The fact that I've spent a lot of time doing film and not as much time as I thought I needed to on the phone, that bothered me. This way, I can put a focus on a very important month in terms of this franchise and its short-term and long-term future."

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