As much as I don't like Tim Panaccio, he says that Kevin Lowe asked for Carter and Pitkanen.
if that is true Im glad Clarke passed. you really cant blame Lowe thou, outside of Pitkanen we have no other defensive "prospect" who is as good as Smid. So I dont blame him for asking for Pitkanen who will end up being better then Smid. Clarke did the right thing by passing. Prongers contract would have prevented us from resigning Gagne and Nittymaki