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07-13-2011, 06:12 PM
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Derek Smith to the Flames

Surprise no one is talking about this:
http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=371670

I know we have a lot of defensive depth but I would have loved it if he stayed.

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Surprise[sic] no one is talking about this:
http://hfboards.com/showpost.php?p=3...&postcount=317

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07-13-2011, 06:19 PM
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he was good for this organization this past year but guys like him are very replaceable. good luck to him.

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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.

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Good luck to him. It's too bad there wasn't room for him here.

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Really sad if you're over 25 the Sens organisation says "thanks for your service and don't let the doorknob hit you in the ass on the way out". I hope he gets minutes in Calgary.

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he was good for this organization this past year but guys like him are very replaceable. good luck to him.
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.

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Really sad if you're over 25 the Sens organisation says "thanks for your service and don't let the doorknob hit you in the ass on the way out". I hope he gets minutes in Calgary.
Actually, in my opinion the Sens management did the right thing and suggested he test the market for a better opportunity. It's no secret that our depth in terms of offensive defencemen is quite deep.

It's mostly a question of timing, and some players take longer to develop.

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07-13-2011, 07:44 PM
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Was a very stable dman, very mobile and made the right choices with the puck.

Give me Smith over Kuba any day of the week. He will probably get a better return at the deadline.

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Played good for Bingo and I could see him being in some teams bottom 6 on d. Wish him the best of luck with Calgary.

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I think he just became the Flames best prospect...

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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.

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07-13-2011, 10:26 PM
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I really did like Smith. He was quite stable during his limited time up. Too bad things didn't pan out for him in Ottawa

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Give me Smith over Kuba any day of the week. He will probably get a better return at the deadline.
There's no guarantee Smith will even be in the NHL.

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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.

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I really did like Smith. He was quite stable during his limited time up. Too bad things didn't pan out for him in Ottawa
Flames....Pan out... oh my mind is far too full of lame puns. When I first read the title of the thread it made me laugh.

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Derek Smith sad to see him go, liked him. Derek Smith was an important part of the Sens winning the cup last season.

Derek Smith thank you for helping to bring the Calder Cup to Binghamton.

Sad as I am to see Derek depart after 4 yrs down here, he will get a better chance to play in the NHL with the Flames than he would with Ottawa.

So it is better for him to move on.

All the best to you Derek.

Good luck with the Flames, stick up in Calgary........

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07-14-2011, 10:34 AM
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IMO Derek Smith can play in the NHL.
He a smart player, good passer, overall good hockey sense.

Disappointed he wont be part of the org.
However we do have lots of D depth so while i dont see it affecting us at all its always disappointing to see good players leave.

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07-14-2011, 06:10 PM
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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.

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On the positive side; Zack Smith won't ever need to have a Z. on the back of his jersey again.

Unless we sign another Smith.

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