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06-09-2004, 10:51 AM
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Originally Posted by Pontifex Maximus
Pitkanen and Carter for Smyth? Why not throw in Gagne, Markov, Esche, Richards, and Niittymaki as well?

Handzus for Smyth is a fair deal in my opinion, but I don't think Edmonton would go for it.

Completely agree. Smyth is an excellent two-way winger, who brings grit, leadership, an intensity to every shift. But, a superstar he is not. Pitakanen and Carter, or even Pitakenen straight up, is a serious overpayment for Smyth.

That said, I agree with EDM fans. Smyth has more to offer overall than Handzus (which is not a knock against Handzus, it is more a statement about Smyth's value).

I can see why Philly would like Smyth (as every team in the NHL would). But, I don't see them giving up a player with Pitkanen's upside. The other players who Philly might be more willing to move (like Hanzdus) wouldn't get anything done.

Overall, I don't see a deal there.

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