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05-03-2013, 08:30 AM
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mactforcoach
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I was hoping Smitty would retire this spring (still am) but it looks like he wants to play one more year and MacT says he'll give him that year. So I try to look at the positives.

When Smyth was playing on the 4th line with Brown & whoever he was actually pretty effective. During the last few games the 4th line was giving the opposition fits and managed to keep the puck in the offensive zone most of their shift. They created energy and weren't a liability out there.

If they keep his minutes under about 10-12 per night he'll probably have more gas in the tank. He's a strong leader and voice in the dressing room and a good example of a warrior for the young guys. For those who think Harti is better, I watched him at every home game and he's not. He doesn't seem capable of thinking the game at this speed and level. He tends to run around and almost appears to panic. Maybe he comes along with time but right now he's not ready.

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