my bad.. didn't think to look in there.. pardon my noob-ness..
I'm happy he landed somewhere cause he was down the depth charts in Ottawa. With kids like Cowen and Rundblad ahead of him and the other defensemen on one-ways already, he was never gonna make it with the big club. Hopefully he cracks the Flames lineup.
Smith got in some games and looked ok. He wasn't really in the mix in Ottawa and so it's only fair for him to move on.
These guys want a chance at an NHL career. With our young defencemen and the older guys that are signed, that wasn't going to happen here for a couple of years at least. You have to give these type of tweeners a chance at the NHL in another organization, you can't just keep them buried in the farm team for depth.
It's similar to Bass et al. If it's not going to happen here, you have to let them have a shot elsewhere.
Really? For most of the year he was 3rd in the league in D scoring he came up and was arguably the most consistent d man. I dont like this loss at all.
yes, but which league are you talking about? every position in an organization is precious. it has to be filled with someone who can help you win at the NHL level, or by a prospect who has the potential to help you win and make a difference down the road. at 25 years old, i don't think this player fit either of those two categories and there arent many positions we can fill with elite AHLers like corey locke. its good for bingo, not great for the organization.
I liked D. Smith & thought he would have been a decent defenceman in the NHL. However, the fact is that Ottawa has potentially better offensive defencemen in the organization such as Karlsson, Rundblad & hopefully Wiercioch will be as well. They also have much bigger & better defensive defencemen in Cowen, Gryba, Boroweicki & Blood. Smith was great for the organization but hopefully he is being replaced by better defencemen & he will get a shot with Calgary.