Likewise I am glad I remained neutral about the signing. My initial thought was that it would have been nice to get Vokoun at the contract he signed in Washington, but I was rather undecided about Smith. I never posted about it (I don't think) but I was cautiously optimistic that Smith would be able to find his game, but he turned out to be much better than my expectations. In the end I would consider him an equal replacement to Bryz, not an upgrade or a downgrade, and depending what happens in the playoffs yet he has a chance to become an upgrade. Based on contract alone he is an upgrade, but all things being equal otherwise it's a lateral move thus far.
easy to say now but i'd take smith over voukon 10 times out of 10 now......although i'm not sure smith's numbers would have been as good playing in DC