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05-03-2013, 12:03 PM
Master Lok
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Originally Posted by magnoctophas View Post
Honestly this is ridiculous. Looks like MacTavish is already making old-boys club type decisions. Absolutely no accountability on this team. Smyth is delusional and thinks he can still be an offensive force, casual fans are delusional and thinks he can still be an NHL level player, management is delusional and thinks we can be a playoff team with Smyth killing the play for 15 minutes a night. This is one of those cases where chanting "retire already Smyth" at games would be appropriate.
Thanks for contributing nothing to the boards but your angst. Yet another "Player X sucks" post.

Perhaps it would be more useful to point out why you think smyth is no longer an NHL player.

This season, he scored 13 pts in 47 games, with a -5. He played on the PK and also had to play out of position at centre for a stretch of games. Is that his fault? No, he's not a centre but he played it anyways because the Oiler management was too idiotic to find a replacement.

By Comparison, Teemu Hartikainen played in 23 games, scored 3 pts and was a -8. Who's the more useless player?

Ben Eager scored 2 pts in 14 games and was a -14.
Young centre Anton Lander scored 1 pt in 11 games and was -4.

I'm not saying that Smyth was all that good, but he was clearly better than any of these other options.

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