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03-20-2011, 10:05 PM
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This is getting beyond ridiculous. Smyth has been a key element in Kopitar's development. To say he never should have been acquired? Why? His cap hit certainly isn't effecting the Kings ability to add players. He has brought a great deal more than just his play on the ice to the organization.
He could probably use a break at this point in the season, but it looks like he will be forced to gut it out. His minutes will continue to be reduced by Murray if need be.
Wait a minute, weren't you criticizing Kopitar's play about 2 weeks ago, even saying you would trade him for Jamie Benn. And now you suddenly using Kopitar as a reason to defend the Smyth trade?
Kopitar is a two-way center, one of the best in the game. Smyth is a one-dimensional former scoring winger who was never mistaken for a Selke candidate. Kopitar was a star player before Smyth arrived and he will be a star long after Smyth is gone. To say Ryan Smyth taught Anze Kopitar how to play defense is laughable.
And yes adding Smyth's salary could easily handcuff the Kings in adding talent this summer. The way the cap is set-up teams can only have a certain amount star players, Smyth is paid like a star and simply isn't. Let's face it, except for the months of October and November he has never been worth it. I don't even blame Lombardi, I do think it was a bit of a panic move after he got shut out on July 1st, but realistically no one could have imagined that by the end of the second year that Smyth would be this bad. I thought year 3 would be a struggle for a player of his age, the collapse last year and this year could not have been foreseen. That being said, don't expect to see the Kings make a similar move for a mid 30's player on the downside making big money.
Do you think the Kings should buy him out this summer?
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