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10-02-2013, 12:08 PM
Join Date: Jan 2012
Have to agree with the general consensus that Eager is better than Smyth.
Last night's game it was embarrassing to watch Ryan Smyth. Yah, i know Hall made some big mistakes in the game, but they were him trying to make forced plays through the neutral zone, and he was at least creating offence. Hall's poor plays are fixable.
Smyth on the other hand: 1) couldn't keep up to the play, 2) the puck died on his stick every time he touched it (giving it away on the cycle, getting stripped/missing passes in the neutral zone). These are not easiy fixable, just signs that the game has passed him by and that at maximum he should be a 3rd/4th liner playing 60 games with about 10minutes per game.
There must be a "veteran's quota" on Smyth's playing time, because there is no way to justify the amount of ice time he got last night.
Hope to see him in te press-box when we get our centermen back, because with Hall back at LW, there is no real spot for him in the lineup.
Hall-Perron-Joensuu-Gazdic sounds great to me.
Gazdic wouldn't have looked as out of place on Hall's wing last night as Smyth did.
There's my rant.
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