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07-10-2013, 02:30 PM
...better... or not
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I'm not a big Smyth fan either at this stage but it all comes down to how he's utilized by Eakins. If he's the utility #13 forward who comes in when there are injuries (and yes there are always injuries)... then in a reduced minutes 4th line type role, he's going to be ok on the team.

I agree he was signed 1 year too long but it is what it is. He obviously signed a contract that the Oilers management agreed to and I assume he'll play out that contract. Hopefully if he's truly awful, Eakins keeps him off the roster or he simply retires... but I'm actually optimistic that he'll do ok in a very limited utility role.

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