Thread: Confirmed with Link: Reilly Smith signed to ELC, assigned to Dallas
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03-25-2012, 10:19 PM
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Basically it boils down to:

1) Does Dallas have an owner willing to potentially overspend?

.. and apparently the answer is yes. They only thing this move costs is potential cash sooner.

Since the visa issues would have still existed in the AHL as well .. let's say his best case scenario was to play 9 (joined Thursday) or 8 (joined next Saturday) AHL games.

Now, he's going to probably play at least 6 (joins Wednesday) or 5 (joins Friday) NHL games. Plus, there's a realistic shot he plays at least 4 playoff games.

Even if they do make the rather strange decision of blowing an ELC year for 4th line NHL minutes, a handful of games with 4th line minutes instead of a handful of games with top line minutes in the AHL isn't going to destroy his career.

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