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12-31-2012, 01:03 PM
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Red Deer, Alberta
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That's a new one.. A player would "score more with less ice time"!!
I'm not knocking Smyth, I just feel his better days are behind him, and Boston is better with Caron.
It was obvious to everyone who followed the Oil last year that Smyth was played way too hard in the first half of the year. He burnt himself out. Hence going from his 30 goal pace to scoring 20. I think he absolutely would have had a more consistent season if given less time overall, like he would get on Boston.
And to respond to Lucic and Horton being just as good in front of the net as Smyth, they are both more valuable players all around, and that's not arguable, but Smyth in front of the net on the powerplay is magic. Not only is he almost immovable, his stick work is unparalleled, and neither Lucic or Horton can come close there.
I'm not advocating this trade, I don't think it makes sense for either team really, but I don't see how Smyth can't fit on the Bruins, like you're claiming.
Oilers gave him a NTC I'm pretty sure anyway.
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