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05-25-2013, 10:23 AM
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Originally Posted by Psycho Dad View Post
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.

Not arguing with the general gist of your post... but I would definitely take Fistric off that list. He's exactly the type of bottom pairing dman the team needs... physical and decent enough defensively to not be a liability out there.

Before someone points out that Fistric has no offensive dimension...
he obviously isn't there for his offense, BUT he also had more points than both Smid and Potter and played fewer games and fewer minutes than them.

I personally think Fistric was under utilized on the team. If the Oilers weren't so offensively devoid of talent from most of their other dmen they could have left Fistric on the bottom pairing all season, instead they had to rotate Potter/Whitney in and out trying to find some spark from their blueline. Fistric was a replacement for Sutton (and a good one).. and I don't think he deserves to be on the list of "crappy, worthless players". I hope he is back again with the Oilers next year.

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