Kiss O Reily goodbye. He has committed the cardinal sin in not buckling to Avs management. In the history of the Avs franchise there has not been one player who has held out who has stayed with the team. Most recently this has happened with Craig Anderson who would not take what the Avs offered. The LaCroix dynasty, first Pierre and now Eric do not know the meaning of the word negotiate. Now in the case of Radar I am not necessarily saying that management should cave. I think the ROR over estimates his worth. Where are the offer sheets???? But if we look at the way outcome of the the Anderson debacle we can gain an understanding that LaCroix cares more about power than the team. They traded Anderson for Elliot who apparently is a very good Goalie but looked awful for us so we let him go. (Perhaps if we had a full time goalie coach that might have worked out better but we cannot justify that expense either) . So in effect we got nothing for Anderson. We then traded our draft picks for Varly who has been no better than Anderson. Would we not have been better off to pay Andy more and still have those picks? It seems that the EJ trade was also misguided with the prize in the trade being Shattenkirk. We thought we were getting Rob Blake in EJ but he has is no Blake. So in short we end up with a big young defenseman for a power forward(Staewart) and playmaking defenseman. McClement was an easily expendable throw in.
As I go back through Avs history only Joe Sakic defied management and got away with it. Face it, Chris Simon and Chris Drury were traded because they held out. LaCroix gave up on Mike Keane and let him go to the Rangers over a few hundred thousand. Keane later bit us in the ass when he was traded to Dallas and was an integral part of their Stanley cup run. Let us not forget about the Avs signing Theodore for 6M which left us no cap room after the last lockout forcing us to let Foote, Forsberg nd Blake to go for nothing and making it tough to sign Alex Tanguey who were ultimately replaced with Ken Klee and Tyler Arneson. I could go on and on bring up the trades for Tommy Salo and Theo Fleury but I will spare dissecting ancient history.
What puzzles me is how snowed the LaCroixs have the Kroenkes. In listening to the interview with Josh K last year he refers to LaCroix as his mentor. Where is the accountability? Why would successful businessmen like the Kroenkes not take the lead from Pat Bowlen when he got rid of Shanahan. Sure he wone 2 Super Bowls but it was time to move on and make bold moves. It is time for this organization to be gutted from the very top on down. We are not getting rid of the Kroenkes but the LaCroix era must end!
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