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10-04-2013, 12:13 AM
x GreatKeith
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Originally Posted by SlapshotSuperstar View Post
This is just plain silly, How could you even use this in a debate? You think that Eakins is playin him out of sympathy? Or is Smytty supposed to say "Hey coach I'm no good anymore, could ya please stick me in the pressbox?" get with it. Eakins and MacT are the ones who decide how good he is and if he plays. He does what he is told. including bleed. Also stating that Smytty doesn't realize he is getting up there in years in kind of far out there as well. Smyth has increased his training regimen vastly this past summer and is 100% on board with the Eakins fitness routine, and will only improve as time goes on. It is a new season now with a new schedule and new stats, and we will see who the best player is after the dust settles in the Spring/Summer.
Smyth obviously isn't going to tell Eakins to put him in the PB, but that being said he could approach the coach and say that his play isn't up to snuff and maybe he should be demoted as a result. Somebody earlier in this thread pointed out that early into the '06 season, Brett Hull realized he just didn't have it anymore and hung them up. Smyth hasn't had it for nearly 2 years now.

Ryan has always struck me as a guy that sees himself better than he really is. From the infamous 100k to saying "I feel I could play forever".

The thing that really stood out to me was that Smyth struggled last year despite having half of the year off. It's impossible to think he could survive an 82 game season. And the Jets game was the same stuff we saw a lot of last year. Some decent play, but mostly slow skating, lazy penalties, and just general play killing.

There isn't a single reason to place him on Hall's line. None. Especially when Hall had chemistry with Yakupov near the end of last season.

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