> >When a Canadian team finally becomes good enough to the Cup, they go to the
> >US (like Colorado).
> You mean like the Montreal Canadiens? Haven't checked for sure, but the Habs
> probably have more Cups than all the U.S. teams combined.
Well, first of all, Mr. Attitude made a poor assumption...much of what
assisted the Avalanche in getting to the Cup occurred in the last
season...and let's face it, one of those things wouldn't have happened
had the Avalanche still been the Nordiques.
It was basically two things...the Uwe Krupp injury (believe it or not!)
and the Patrick Roy tirade.
Had Krupp not been injured on Opening Night, the team would NOT, I think,
have taken the "desperate" action they did in acquiring Sandis Ozolinsh
from the Sharks for Owen Nolan...and the Avalanche needed a
point-defenseman far more than a fairly good power forward, which is,
IIRC, what Adam Deadmarsh is going to be *anyway* (if he isn't already).
This also gave the Avalanche the added benefit of having an excellent
regular season despite only six games from their best all-around
defenseman (IMHO...you may *prefer* Ozolinsh or Lefebvre, I don't)...and
his re-addition just in time for the playoffs was a big boost for the
team, which was pretty good already.
Uwe Krupp...more than just a Stanley Cup-winning goal.