Roster Thoughts and Offseason Speculation for the 2011-2012 Season II
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06-14-2011, 12:36 PM
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Why do people want to get rid of the only LW to score 20+ goals in back-to-back seasons for Terry Murray? I just don't get it. Too many people are all about cap hits on this board. The cap hit only matters if you spend to the cap and the Kings haven't been any where near the cap.
Didn't everyone ***** and moan about cap space getting too much ice time in LA and now people want the best performing LW on the Kings traded for cap space?
Why not wait until Doughty and Simmonds sign their contracts before freaking out about cap space?
Two things on this.
One, if you go by goals produced then you can make your Smyth argument. If you go by his overall production and include his rapidly decreasing speed/agility and how they impact the team then you can see why some people are ready to move along.
Secondly aren't we supposed to do everything we can to improve the team in the interest of winning the cup each off season? To me, our top 6 must be addressed each offseason until there isn't any need to do so.
All contributing factors need to be reviewed before making any decisions but in the end, if you find a way to improve the team you simply have to do it providing it improves the entire team.
Smyth can still score so he has some value to us outside of the team as well. We won't be re signing him when his contract is up so unless we deal him now his value only decreases with each passing month.
I don't think his cap hit entirely as being the mitigating factor for my desire to move him, I think that we need to improve our overall team speed and scoring up front. Both of our top 2 lines should be able to strike fear into our opponents and if our first line is going to have Penner/Kopitar and Williams on it speed isn't going to be its strong suit.
A second line focused on speed would make our opponents D have to back up or get burned giving our forwards both time and space to create offense. We need to improve the dynamics of our second line. Smyth is slow and that sadly is that.
Replacing his production alone would be an improvement but replacing his production *and* his rapidly failing defencive abilities makes us better at both ends of the ice. Keeping Smyth in his position could become a serious mistake for us regardless of his cap hit.
I haven't had a cup of coffee yet so I hope this all makes sense.
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