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Colorado Should Have Kept Liles

from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

But if that’s what Colorado hockey has become — small-market, committed to hugging the salary-cap floor and making moves to ensure that even signing a veteran goalie won’t lead to Colorado jumping up from the bottom of the league’s payroll list — then it’s additional confirmation that “rebuilding” has become a cynical rationalization for operating on what passes for “on the cheap” in the everything’s-relative world of pro sports.

I’m not saying Liles, who will turn 31 in November, is going to end up in the Hockey Hall of Fame up the street from the Air Canada Centre. He would have been a productive member of the Avalanche in the upcoming season. I suppose the Avs even could crow about his being an organizational product, because they drafted him in the fifth round in 2000 and got several years of service out of him before sending him on for a second-round pick from the Maple Leafs.

But he could have helped Colorado THIS season, he was a better choice to bring back than others and this organization still seems prone to overrating its pipeline talent.

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bezukov's avatar

Ah… the travails of the dive.  That’s refreshing.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 06/30/11 at 01:59 PM ET

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Its a head scratching move to unload Liles. Its not like the Avs needed salary cap relief and they stil have to fill the hole they created with the deal.  Unless there was some behind the scenes issue we aren’t aware of.  Perhaps Liles requested a trade or he was butting heads with management/his coaches?

Posted by Fauxrumors on 06/30/11 at 02:35 PM ET

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