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01-07-2004, 06:22 AM
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Tugnutt Waived

Tugnutt has been placed on waivers by the Stars and will likely be demoted to the minors. He will accept the demotion.

http://www.dfw.com/mld/dfw/sports/hockey/7651791.htm

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Why are they bringing up Smith and not Bacashihua?

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Why are they bringing up Smith and not Bacashihua?
I was going to ask the same thing, but Smith being called up is probably a reaction to Cash's inconsistency. Bacashihua has been plagued with bad games over the past two years and needs to show that he can play well against the lesser teams before he comes up.
Besides, 50+ games in the AHL is much better than 10 in the NHL for development purposes.

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Poor Tugger........

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Why are they bringing up Smith and not Bacashihua?
A few possible reasons:

1) Smith has been better in the AHL than Bacashihua. Smith stole the starting job in Utah from Bacashihua earlier in the year because he was playing better than Bacashihua.

2) Smith is a better puckhandler than Bacashihua or Tugnutt, so if Smith even plays there won't be as much confusion with the D.

3) Smith is expendable. If he comes up and plays well, there may be interest in a trade, and since Bacashihua, Ellis, and Stephan are still in the wings (all have better potential), losing Smith wouldn't be a huge problem.

4) Bacashihua still needs development time, and he won't get it behind Turco.

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A few possible reasons:

1) Smith has been better in the AHL than Bacashihua. Smith stole the starting job in Utah from Bacashihua earlier in the year because he was playing better than Bacashihua.

2) Smith is a better puckhandler than Bacashihua or Tugnutt, so if Smith even plays there won't be as much confusion with the D.

3) Smith is expendable. If he comes up and plays well, there may be interest in a trade, and since Bacashihua, Ellis, and Stephan are still in the wings (all have better potential), losing Smith wouldn't be a huge problem.

4) Bacashihua still needs development time, and he won't get it behind Turco.
Thanks...I was leaning towards point 4 myself...but the other points are great info.

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Yeh, Tugger will be missed

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