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09-22-2003, 01:15 PM
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As an Oilers fan, this deal really hangs on how well Smyth plays at the center position this pre-season. He has looked decent so far (pretty good in the faceoff circle though ) and this might make the deal more feasible. If Smyth can anchor the Oilers top line, a centerman like Handzus would make sense on the second line and Comrie would be deemed much more replaceable. However, if Smyth flops, I see the Oilers passing on this deal. I still think they're ideally looking for a top-4 d-man or a more offensive centerman (a la Legwand, Marleau)..

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