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05-24-2013, 06:36 PM
Jek McPorkins
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Originally Posted by GreatKeith View Post
It takes two to tango, I tend to believe that Smyth wanted two years and wouldn't back down, his negotiation skills are why he was traded in the first place.

I created this thread because of his poor play on the ice, not his contract
Smyth had zero leverage in the negotiation as he had forced a trade home from LA, and Tambo still screwed it up. The blame is with management.

As for his poor play: I respect your right to your opinion about the quality of his play. But making a thread with such a title is very disrespectful to a guy who gave us his all, night in and night out.

I'd put the blame on the players who tuned out Krueger midway through the season, before I'd ever point a finger at Smyth.

You want some worse players? Hordichuk. Eager. Peckham. Hartikainen. Potter. Brown. Lander. Jones. Nick Schultz. Fistric.

All contributed less than Smyth this year. Are they useless? Not necessarily in the right situation, but they were all in over their heads, with little help from their line mates or partners.

Who is responsible for such failures? Management.

Management is entirely to blame for this crapshow. Ultimate failure from Lowe and Tambellini. Pointing a finger at any player whose heart was still in it and gave his best effort is an absolute waste of time, compared to how poorly the squad was assembled.

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