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Avs' silver lining has a cloud

Sure the Avalanche have a bevy of scorers, but can they keep the puck out of their own net?

Originally Published: September 24, 2001
By Mike Heika | Special to ESPN.com

Pierre Lacroix must have a guardian angel.

The Colorado Avalanche general manager continued to trade away his good young talent year after year in order to make a big move that would push his team over the top. And while those moves often worked, they left the Avalanche with a bare cupboard and a top-heavy budget this fall.

And with Patrick Roy deciding to step into retirement, there was a real chance for a reality check in Colorado. The role players were gone, the defense was dwindling ...

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