When is this guy coming back? I heard he practiced with no contact (or am I thinking of someone else?)
I heard he's still at least a week or two away (but no proof or anything, just talk)... if he can't get in games before the playoffs, his season is pretty much done, IMO. Guys like O'Brien & Klink have filled his role, and aren't rusty, as Winchester will inevitably be when he returns.
His concussion was hella-bad, though. Extra time off is never a bad thing for a full recovery.
Look i for one hope this is not the case I love smith and i hope he stays...
After i read this then a couple days later i see him clearly ignoring MacLeans instructions especially on a PK and after being benched... might be and hope i'm wrong.
Just something to think about
I don't see what you see here. St Laurent said that back in Dec when Smith had 20 points that some unknown person or persons had let him know that Smith wasn't happy about how he was being used. Next he said some members of the local press had suggested to MacLean that he use Smith at centre. MacLean answered that Smith shouldn't think of himself as something he's not. Meaning that Mac sees Smith as a checker who can chip in but not a full time play making 2nd line centre.
Seems to me 1 or 2 members of the press who's britches are getting too large are the guilty ones here. Here's my interpretation of the scenario. Garr.. err .. I mean some unknown media / press person flatters and pumps up Smith and then says: why don't you play 2nd line centre?
Smith: That's up to the coach
Press: Would you like to play there?
Smith: Of course who wouldn't want more toi
Press now moves on to Stache
Press: Hey Stache why don't you use Smith on the 2nd line
Stache: He's a good checker and PK'er
Press: But he'd like to play there
Stache: Thinking ... so the little B.... has been complaining to the press
Stache: Smith shouldn't think of himself as something he's not.......
Ergo the problem was invented by the press for the press using themselves as unnamed sources. It's not surprising some of the media people use each other as unnamed source just to start controversy. St Laurent just used one of his buddies as a unnamed source in his article who he says whispered this in his ears. Then some other unnamed media people approached MacLean. Notice the only names are Smith and MacLean but the sources are left to the imagination. Problem is that St Laurent as others like him just run with a story as though it was fact when it only hearsay from his own media friends who are stoking each other.
btw) Could you point to the time where Smith ignored MacLean on the PK?
EDIT: Gawd! Sorry....
I got so caught up in this Smith discussion of the last few posts I thought this was a thread about him. I just realized it's about Winchester. Hope he'll be better soon. I don't think Winchester offers a lot to justify re-signing him but he is very good on the PK and works the boards well.
Going back over the Gaustad incident with Winny, I personally would've called at least a 2 minute boarding penalty.... Nice to see Konopka who was RIGHT NEXT TO THE PLAY do lots about it too... (End sarcasm)
I just hope he's back soon, it'd be nice to keep him for next season.
Hasn't Zach been a checking feisty centre his entire career?
Doubt he would be complaining as a rookie getting close to 15 min toi/game. This all seems made up to me.
It does seem far fetched. However I can see Smith expecting a bit more considering the success he's been having: he might see it as his once in a lifetime opportunity to get a bigger contract. I think I can understand that, but I don't think he's at odds with McClean on a serious level.