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01-26-2013, 12:55 AM
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Originally Posted by Jussha View Post
Indeed we did need another dman that season, but why not just call up Smith? Also, Babcock wanted Smith on the team, why not let him play the final 20-30 games with the big club and get him some needed experience then?
I know Babcock said this in an interview, but the fact remains that when he did have Smith available to him he either sat him as a healthy scratch or played him very sparingly on the 3rd pairing.

When it comes to younger players, they have a very limited window to make an impression on Babs or they are pushed aside for veterans. Its happened to Mursak, Kindl, and Nyquist as well.

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