Thread: Speculation: Contracts for Boedker and Smith
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03-19-2013, 02:36 AM
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Originally Posted by rt View Post
I'm alright with Smith. I do dislike LaBarbera, though. I'm with you guys on that. I'd really like to keep Smith at a reasonable price, on a shorter deal and add a competent back up. Don't get the Bissonnette hate, though. He's getting better at hockey. He doesn't hurt the team. If you are going to have a goon in the 13th forward spot, it might as well he him.
It's not really so much hate from my end, it's hate on how often he plays. 13th forwards don't play 2/3's of your games like Bissonette is. If he were down to 40% or so, preferably home games, I'd be fine.

Also I was merely referencing him as to the reason why they might unfortunately keep Labarbera around. They seem to like the good clubhouse types in those spots that don't play every game, which does make some sense.

Also if they do not re-sign Smith I think it's almost certain they re-up Labarbera for some measure of continuity.

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