(Rooster) Too weak, man. Too fragile. Very nice. The things that have been dumped on Avalanche General Manager Joe Sakic in the past 24 months, Ken Holland has heard from 16 to 17 years ago. in his sleep.
“There was talk, (with) the Red Wings at the time, that we were too European, and we were too young,” Holland, the Oilers general manager and Detroit early roster engineer who the Front Range team loved to hate, said on the eve of Tuesday’s first Colorado-Edmonton game. “(But) we believed in the team.”
The Netherlands made teams that won the Stanley Cup in 1998 and 2002, and then again in 2008.
From 2003-2006, the wings hit a wall. His teammates failed to get past the second round in four consecutive postseason attempts. looks like anyone we are used to know?
Holland continued “You Disk”. “And next year, you’ll come back and you’ll have more progress. And then you progress a little bit further.
“There are a lot of teams very close. It’s a great streak in the league where you just have to stick to it and stick to it. And for sure, that’s what Joe did (in Colorado).”
Sakic stuck with Nazim Kadri, whose tricks in previous qualifiers made him a special man by other teams, By fans of other teamsand by the NHL Department of Player Safety.
Sakic stuck with Jared Bednar, even as the coach drove those talented rosters, Super Go built the way a young kid leads while playing Mario Kart for the first time.
Even after the Avs somehow managed to land in the playoff trench after the playoff trench. Even as Bednar’s whispers rose above his head with each passing painful spring.
“We didn’t play against the second round,” Sakic explained Monday when asked about the franchise’s first berth in the conference finals in 20 years, and the bruises—from vanity and otherwise—that occurred along the way.
“In this last series we did a great job against the St. Louis Blues, and that was a hockey team. And that was the goal of that round. We are now playing for a real strong Edmonton Oilers.
“We are not facing the third round now. We are facing the Edmonton Oilers. And that is what we are trying to beat in a seven-game streak.”
Through all the hype and shame, Sakic never wavered. It’s a tablet. tweak around the core.
Exit Philip Grobauer, Darcy Quimper. Tyson Barry came out, and Kadri entered. Tyson Ghost is out, and Nico Storm is inside. Justin Barron, Arturi Leconn directed, Hilson, and Josh Manson entered.
The jigsaw puzzle meat is complete – Nathan McKinnon, Gabe Landskog, Kal Makar and Mikko Rantanen. It was about finding the right final pieces, The one that finally connected the edges of the corners of the picture to its core.
“I mean, you have to keep trying,” Holland said of Sakic. “You believe in your core, and you try to keep building around it. Wait for some inner growth.
“And I think that’s what a lot of teams do. You know, a lot of games are determined by overtime or memorization or puck that pops in and out, next year, hits the post and goes in. It’s just…you have to stick with it.”
Super Joe stuck to it. Entire. For better or for worse. For the rich or the poor. In sickness and in health. Eight wins. Eight to go.
“There was a lot of talk about (overtaking) the second round,” the esteemed Avs general manager said. “That was not the goal. This year, all four teams that will be in the (conference) Finals, we have the same goal. We all want to win the Stanley Cup.”
Safe Sakic. To the end, sometimes without evidence. He’s been rewarded for that now. Along with the rest of us.
“He’s one of the best workers in the business,” Holland said of Super Joe. “He took charge of the team, I think, (was) at the bottom of the group about three or four years ago. And some of the deals he did, he built that team, the patience he had…
“In my opinion, if I have to judge him, he’s one of the top general managers in the National Hockey League.”
Soft teams don’t go 3-0 in St. Louis. Fragile teams don’t put the 5-0 mark on their first five away games on the road to the Cup. Pretty teams can’t find a way.