RObyn Regher was a great pick up, but Rene Corbet is a checking line player, if thats what you get for a superstar your not a good gm. Wade Belak, and a 2nd rd pick common man. We all know now Regher for Theo is amazing, but back then Button could of gotten more then Corbet. Maybe Stephane Yelle, we have him now, but just a thought.
You're not making any sense at all.
"We all know now Regehr for Theo is amazing"
"If thats what you get for a superstar your not a good GM"
"Button could of gotten more then Corbet"
Could you contradict yourself any more?
1. Coates made the deal
2. Regehr WAS the centrepiece of the deal whether you knew about him at the time or not. It wasn't like the trade was for Corbet with Regehr as the throw in. Regehr was the trade, Corbet was the throw in.
3. Fleury was an unrestricted free agent in a couple months. We were about to lose him for nothing. Conceivably we would have gotten more for him if he had been under contract.
4. Fleury is not a "superstar"
I can't follow your logic. The trade was Fleury and Dingman for Regehr, a 1st/2nd rounder, Corbet and Belak. You acknowledge it's an "amazing" deal in one sentence and then say we should have gotten more in the next.
Try making some sense next time. Please.
I don't see how anybody in their right mind could argue that two months of Fleury + Dingman for Regehr, 1st/2nd, Corbet and Belak was not a steal for us. As Bob says, the Avs would dearly love to undo that trade.
Remember, Chris Dingman also went to Colorado in that deal. Pierre Lacroix and Al Coates probably saw it as an opportunity to exchange former 1st round picks, that didn't turn out, and give each a fresh start with a new team. Georges Laraque admitted that Belak gave him one of the toughest fights he'd faced. Belak ended up being Don Hay's albino whipping boy. Then he ended up being an important member of the defensive corps in Toronto. Strange how these things sometimes turn out...
I think it's unfair to critisize Button, hindsight is 20/20. He did his best and was very unlucky. He just wasn't the type of GM to trade a 2nd rounder for a guy like Marcus Nilson. Honestly, how many of us were asking "who the hell is nilson?" when we saw that trade. Turned out to be one of the greatest trades in franchise history, and yes I realize that he hasn't played 40 games for us yet.