Yes! Smyth is beyond useless in the bottom 6, and is beyond useless but at least feigns productivity on the first line. Why don't we give a legacy player who can't keep up with the play 18 minutes a night, #1 PP duties, and 80% offensive zone starts against the lowest quality of competition, playing with the highest quality of teammates, just so we can make a legacy player feel good about himself. We can let him score 30 points while dragging down our most productive players, while ruining the development of a 1st overall pick by keeping him quarantined to the 3rd line because Smyth wouldn't have a spot on the team if said 1st overall pick broke out. In fact, why don't we sign Smyth to an 8 year 8 million dollar contract for all he's done for us, and trade the players in his way on the first line like Hall, Yakupov, Perron, and Eberle because they hurt Smyth's legacy. While we're at it, why don't we bring back Wayne Gretzky or Mark Messier, they'll uhh, give the team uhh, spiritual guidance.
Well said! I am so tired of these bleeding heart Smytty fans. Get over it people...He's done!
If every night was like tonight he'd be awesome like he used to be, but I suspect it's an anomaly and we'll all go back hating him for the play dying on his stick next game. He does win the board battles like he used to nor has any speed left (a tad behind in every play)
After spewing some Smitty hate previously in this thread, I'll give him his due tonight. The reason he succeeded tonight was he got rid of the puck a lot quicker. Holmstrom knew how to do that well, if Smitty can do it regularly there may be hope.
I remember a playoff game where they clocked Holmstrom's time on ice for a period and the time he was in possession of the puck. It was something like 6 minutes on ice and 5 seconds in possession of the puck. And he scored that period.