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05-08-2012, 06:29 PM
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Originally Posted by UnholyPrince View Post
I don't get that. Richards was our primary offensive thread and probably "saved" us from being lottery contenders for 2 years. I don't know if Smith would have stuck around long enough to take over for Turco by the time he regressed, nor would he probably be as good as he is in Phoenix right now 2 years ago.
This can't really be anything more than a hunch, right? Sure, his experiences in Tampa helped shape the person and professional that Mike Smith is but he showed every sign of being the type of goalie we're seeing right now when he was in Dallas. His time in Tampa started off really well and then was basically a nightmare, due in large part to factors outside of his control.

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