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08-12-2013, 09:40 AM
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Originally Posted by Preds33 View Post
I see this as Smith's last season as a Predator (at least at the NHL level). I feel that he will either be traded or sent to Milwaukee (He'd have to clear waivers first though) by the end of the season.

Personally I feel he is almost at bust status. I will will give him until the end of December to prove me wrong on this but so far on this team he has done nothing other than his initial flash he showed when he debuted. Why Poile gave him that contract is beyond me. I think Spaling has more upside at this point.
When that contract was given out, I know I was thrilled. We all thought he would be our #1C of the future, and we had him locked up cheap. Then he regressed in a massive way. It was a gamble, but it could have paid off big.

Smith is an enigma to me. Just not sure how I feel about him yet. He showed that original flash here and has continued to light it up internationally, yet he was absolutely abysmal last season. Maybe Trotz can whip him into shape.

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