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12-10-2012, 08:20 PM
Join Date: Feb 2010
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He's ready to make the team. He should've been on it last year. Why wasn't he? I would love to know that as well.
He wasn't on it because:
Lidstrom, Kronwall, White, Ericsson, Stuart, Kindl, and Commodore were with the team to start the season.
They didn't have Smith up in addition to that group because it would have meant Smith and/or Kindl sitting significant periods, not to mention losing one of their forwards.
I'd have rather had Smith than Commodore, and let the competitive drive push for the better defenseman (I personally think it would have led to a Stuart trade by midseason) but keeping Smith down likely allowed him to develop much more than playing on the third pair would have.
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