At this stage, I'd be fine with bringing in Smithson on a tryout contract. I'm pretty confident Lander would beat him out in camp but if not, it doesn't hurt to have a veteran option available in the event that he tanks. Acton could be an option but it seems like he has basically zero offensive upside and would purely be a faceoff/defensive player (which is what MacTavish criticized our bottom six for last season).
Agree, I don't know why Smithson was let go in the first place. The guy was pretty decent. Threw the body, was decent defensively, the only thing you can harp on him for is not contributing much offensively. I suppose that was why.
It also makes sure Acton and Lander aren't gifted a spot on the 4th line which is great! Guess we will see when the teams start cutting players I just hope MacT doesn't give away a pick for him like Tambo did for Brown if theres a chance Konopka gets waived.
I still think it's going to be Mac. Konopka while bringing more than just fighting is already kinda what we have in Brown and Eager.
When they say we are looking for a heavy, I think the Mac's or Goodard's of the world to keep up with McGratton.
Waste or not, if Eakins wants one he'll get one.
I agree. The Oilers are also very familiar with Big Mac. They won't play him in every game but it would be nice to "plug and play" his against teams like Calgary. This will help keep McGratton in check when the game gets out of hand because of the score board