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01-17-2014, 02:17 PM
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Originally Posted by GarretJoseph View Post
I liked Smith. We got the cup but I didn't like his deals in 94. I feel it was more Keenan who made those deals (Amonte / Gartner)

IMO the Amonte / Zubov deals hurt us. Wasn't it Smith who gave that Nordic kid (DF) away to LA also turned out to be a stud.

Can't hate though he did bring the cup home.
OT: I feel like I am one of the rare people to have seen Doug Weight, Matthias Norström and Todd Marchant play for the Rangers.

Yeah, I don't think Neil Smith is a good choice to bring back. He did a great job of building a team of veterans to win the Cup, but then he over-comensated and we ended up with Brendl and Lundmark, who were untouchable until they were untradable.

It's not entirely his fault, I think the pressures on him from ownership were probably massive. That said, it's not just his decision-making -- he's just been out of the game for so long and being GM is such a relationships kind of job.

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