Thread: Value of: Brendan Smith
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12-10-2012, 03:11 PM
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It's he's third season in the AHL and he should have been NHL on two of those - meaning last year. Babcock wanted him on the team. Holland didn't maybe because

1. Detroit has been years and years keeping kids in AHL, in some cases maybe even too much. Holland is a former goalie, may have something to do with it.

2. Maybe Holland didn't think Lidström would retire yet; it would have been very valuable for Smith to learn from one of the best. Holland also likes to keep and keep players, we already had 6 D last year pretty much locked. Smith should/could have beaten Kindl but.. whatever Holland hates trades.

3. This way we get to keep that second contract small. Smith is RFA after this season and isn't going to get big money; good for Detroit obviously. Maybe he'll do like O'Reilly though, lol.

Some nights Smith has looked like he didn't give a crap. Hard to blame him though. I'd be pissed too.

But still when NHL starts he's still rookie, our D is on paper worst it has been for like 2 decades. Smith is bound to make rookie mistakes that he should/could have made last year. But with a weaker team (on paper) those mistakes will cost more.

So here we come Seth Jones, here we come .

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