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11-17-2012, 04:56 PM
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Originally Posted by WingedWheel1987 View Post
He was ready last year. He got hurt by losing a year of NHL development. He played 63 game's in the AHL the previous year. Now he is going to start his rookie year with MAYBE two weeks of training camp thanks to the lockout and be forced to log a lot more minute's thanks to the Wings awful defense.

It was the wrong decision to play Smith in the AHL last year. I suspect Holland didn't suspect for one minute that Lidstrom was actually going to retire. It make's it easier to understand why this off season was so abysmal.

The "kid" is almost 24.
I think it is pretty much uncontroversial to suggest Holland completely screwed up last year with Smith. Babcock wanted him in Detroit and you don't have to blow a first round pick to bring back Kyle Quincey.

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