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02-14-2013, 09:24 PM
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At some point you have to either trade Paajarvi or play him. Either he's good enough or he's not. Signing Smyth for 2 years was a **** poor decision. FFS he requested a trade here for family reasons, if we offered him 1 year at his current salary and told him to take it or leave it what's the worst that would've happened? He signs in Calgary? He would've taken the 1 year or he would've completely ruined his legacy here. If Smyth played well this year we could've signed him for another year, since he's not we could've told him league minimum with no guarantee of an NHL spot or you can retire. Now we have Paajarvi potentially bouncing in and out of the lineup and up and down from the NHL to the AHL, waived our heavyweight, and all in all while this is already frustrating we have 1 more year of this crap unless management has the balls to waive Smyth if his play continues to suck. Does our bottom 6 even have a plan? Paajarvi and Harski are waiver eligible next season, Smyth is signed as are Horcoff, Belanger, and Eager. Jones is presumably in the plans as well, maybe Petrell too. It just seems like a hodge podge.
Yep, having Ryan Smyth here for 3 seasons at the end of his career when he's in his late thirties is a bit ridiculous.
Should have been handled differently, and when Jones comes back the log jam is going to be even worse.
Personally, I think they need to look at trading Ben Eager. I'd much rather have that than see Paajarvi and/or Harski constantly scratched in order to make room for Smyth.
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