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03-09-2013, 01:35 AM
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abootzky
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As big a fan of Smytty as I was during his prime years as an Oiler, I always had the feeling that he was far more of a fan favourite (for good reason) than an actual team leader. The 'Captain Canada' thing was okay for the WHC but seemed to have little bearing on his dressing room role in Edmonton.

A far different person than Glenn Anderson, the twilight of Smyth's Oilers career is unfolding in a very similar fashion: a once great player who was never a natural leader with nothing much to offer his younger teammates besides sub-par play and stories about the good old days.

Sad to see.

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