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Granato? Well, why not?

Once again, Colorado GM Pierre Lacroix deviated from conventional wisdom and shocked the hockey world.

Updated: December 19, 2002, 12:57 PM ET
By Terry Frei | Special to ESPN.com

In January 1996, after being checked into the boards in a game against the Hartford Whalers, Los Angeles Kings center Tony Granato had unshakable headaches.

He practiced the next day and played in part of the Kings' next game before conceding he was in no condition to be on the ice. A few days later, doctors found a brain hematoma and scheduled Granato for surgery.

During his convalescence, Granato had plenty of visitors, including Los Angeles teammate Eric Lacroix and Eric's father, ...

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