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05-04-2008, 09:52 AM
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Surprised SMolenski doesn't get more heat here, deserves it more than Begin.
The Flyers 2nd goal game 4 was ALL Smolenski, first he makes an idiotic blind pass, and then stops skating on the backcheck and doesn't keep pace with his man, who bangs in the rebound. Definitely won't be missing him next year.
In all honesty, I think Smolinski was already so far down in our list of goats that it was expected and there was little to discuss.
That was such a boneheaded play - turnovers in the neutral zone or close to the blue lines are deadly.
3rd/4th line center is definitely a position where I'd like to see additional depth brought in though free agency. The team needs to upgrade over Smolinski and it may be premature to expect that Chipchura/Lapierre can do the job. A veteran presence would be nice and it may allow Lapierre to move to wing.
Problem is I wouldn't be surprised to see Smolinski stay with another 1 year $2M contract because the UFA pickings are slim. Hopefully Chipchura can steal his spot if that's the case.
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