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10-02-2013, 10:12 PM
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Smyth is downright painful to watch out there, so what is the answer? Waive Eager of course??? If he sees one more shift in the top 6 I might have to find a new team to cheer for.

As for some previous posters commenting on the contract talks breaking down in 07, it was later revealed in an in depth story in the Edmonton Journal the approach Lowe and Cal Nichols took with the possible Smyth extension. (After Katz bought the team, the Journal dedicated a week long review of the EIG's tenure).

Lowe and Nichols did have interest in re-signing Smyth, but on shorter term due to the hard miles on Smyth's body and the believe injuries would pop up more frequently. When it was established he wouldn't budge on term, the agenda was to offer 100k less than what they believed was his lowest figure. In the end, the 100k difference seemed petty on both sides but management actually got what they wanted.

The question remains - if Lowe agreed with Nichols' position back then, how could he possibly approve Tambo giving him a 2yr deal 5 years later?

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