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04-12-2013, 08:24 PM
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Originally Posted by Hemsky4PM View Post
13th forward - retirement - or buy-out.

Management needs to have an honest discussion with him after the season.

If he will accept playing 30-40 games, he can stay as the 13th man. If that's too embarrassing - then buy him out. If that's too embarrassing, he can retire on his own terms.
I can garuntee you what "his own terms" are going to be.

Its already in black & white.

And I can't even hate on Tambellini for this one. I honestly believed Smitty had one more good run in him last summer.

In fact...I was peeved it took as long as it did to get this current contract settled.

For all we know...Oilers may have been wanting to move on altogether but felt obligated to bring back "Captain Canada."

Either way...its ugly at this point and the best we can hope for is that he magically recovers some semblance of NHL abilities for next season.

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