Neil Smith POVS
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04-13-2011, 06:26 PM
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Ray Sheppard? Get the **** over it already.
Did Smith run over your dog? Cause you are going way overboard here, but hey, you sure think differently than most around here.
This is a thread about Neil Smith. Therefore, anything we are talking about will be from the 90s, aka a long time ago.
If we had a thread about Tex Rickard, we'd have been talking about the 1920s. It doesn't mean that I am not over it, it means that I have to look at facts.
Most of the statements about Neil Smith are purely emotional: we won't the Cup under his reign, therefore, he's my savior.
What I am doing is looking at his actual moves - move by move.
I don't care about Sheppard anymore, but it's one of the moves that he made. Same for all the other trades, signings, hired coaches, etc.
Smith lucked out by getting a team loaded with talent, plus he took over when the Russians began to come over but the league was still afraid to draft them early.
He also made one good trade. One. That's it. It was the most high profile trade, so it's the one people remember most, but he gave up a tremendous amount in other trades.
If Smith did not luck out by getting a team full of budding All-Stars, he would have been remembered as a horrible GM because his actual moves were terrible.
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