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Intelligence Report
Michael Farber
October 08, 2001
Here is SI's second-team All-Smarts squad, plus the five coaches and general managers who have the best hockey brains.
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October 08, 2001

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2. Jacques Lemaire, Wild
Runs structured practices, helping players understand fundamentals; uses simple game plans

3. Ken Hitchcock, Stars
Taskmaster who knows hockey inside out; sends messages to his players through the media

4. Joel Quenneville, Blues
Can still be one of the boys and not lose his players' respect; stresses up-tempo game

5. Dave King, Blue Jackets
An innovator and teacher; one of the best at making adjustments during a match


1. Lou Lamoriello, Devils
Not afraid to make tough decisions; always looks to hit a home run when making a trade

2. Pierre Lacroix, Avalanche
Loves swinging big deals; a slick operator who makes others feel as if they got equal value

3. Kevin Lowe, Oilers
Works for a cash-poor club but usually signs players fast or trades them for more than market value

4. Craig Patrick, Penguins
Does business quietly and relies on a small inner circle; gets the most from limited budget

5. Bob Gainey, Stars
Delegates authority very well; excellent at finding talent on the ice and in the front office

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