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03-08-2013, 02:00 PM
Join Date: Feb 2004
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Fistric, Hartikainen, Horcoff, Khabibulin and Lander are all on IR. If one of them comes off, then we have to send someone down to the minors or make an immediate trade.
Unless it's Khabi coming off IR today, that means Lander (if he's the one coming back), VV, or Paajarvi have to go to the minors as they're the only ones not waiver eligible.
Of those 2, Vandevelde is clearly the best option. I'd rather have Smyth replacing VV at C on the 4th line than Smyth in Paajarvi's spot on the 2nd. Smyth is a much better player than VV, and a better centerman too, even though that's not his natural position.
It was the right move, IMO.
EDIT - scratch that. The right move would be to trade one of the plethora of 6/7 defensemen on the team or not trading draft picks for 4th line wingers. But since that's not going to happen, someone had to go to OKC.
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