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08-26-2013, 11:53 AM
Trafalgar McLaw
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Originally Posted by Aerchon View Post
He is a vet. Heart and Soul Edmonton guy. His play last year was not good but I would also say that people on these boards are greatly exaggerating how bad he did play last year.

He should be able to play out his final year here in a very limited role. Having this guy in our dressing room should be an asset.

The only problem I see is if he continues to pretend he can still play this game at a high level.

He should be splitting time with Brown for the 13th forward and mainly be a locker room presence.

Have him play 41 gameish with only 5-10 min of ice time and let him sail into the sunset an Oiler.

It is a very classy thing to do. The organization needs some positive reinforcement with player relations.

And having Smyth play that kind of role will not hurt this teams chances to make the playoffs even slightly unless he has taken even a bigger step down from last year.
What a load of crap. This idea is beyond stupid and one of the main reasons we've been the joke of hockey for 3 years. You don't see team's like Pittsburgh, LA, Chicago, and Boston going for "positive reinforcement with player relations". That's because they're focused on winning games and trying to ice the most competitive roster possible, not giving legacy players like Glen Murray or Rob Blake warm fuzzies. The Oilers have been plagued by nepotism and lack of accountability, and judging by certain offseason moves *cough*Will Acton*cough*, this still runs rampant throughout the organization. You don't keep players around just because they've paid their dues and you want to repay them. They've already been given their paycheck, and instead you should say "see ya".

If the Ottawa Senators can toss Daniel Alfredsson to the curb, a player who is and was a vastly superior player to Smyth and did far more for their city and organization than Smyth could ever dream of, we can put down Old Smytty. Hockey is a business, and as such should be treated as one. We need to get rid of negative assets and exchange assets that are no longer useful to us for assets that are, not hold onto them until their value deteriorates to nothing. The Calgary Flames, the current joke of the league, were forced into their current predicament because of their attachment to legacy players and delusions of past success translating to current success. We should've traded players like Hemsky years ago when we could've actually gotten a good return, instead Tambo decided to hold onto him for sentimental reasons and now we can't even give him away. It works for teams like Detroit because the guys they're holding onto are effective hockey players giving them hometown discounts. The Oilers on the other hand, give Ales Hemsky 5 million and Ryan Smyth 2.5 million. Until the guys in the front office grow a pair and learn to identify and immediately cut ties with those who don't give us a higher chance of winning hockey games, we'll never be a contender.

If we want positive presences in the locker room, go after guys that bring those intangibles while maintaining a high level of play like Andrew Ference. MacT looks like he has a much clearer vision of what needs to be done than Tambo ever did, and hopefully he'll continue along this path and make similar moves.

Originally Posted by Halibut View Post
Sure because as soon as he left this team turned into a contender.
Horcoff isn't exactly the greatest player on Earth either.

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