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02-25-2009, 09:45 PM
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Smolinski signed in the IHL

http://www.porthuronicehawks.com/new...d062b69ecc0a21

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“Adding a player of Bryan’s ability and accomplishments is great for both Port Huron and for the IHL,” Drulia said. “He brings with him an abundance of leadership and NHL experience. His presence in the locker room and on the ice will make all of our players better. I think the guys are excited and understand that they can learn from him and how he conducts himself.”

“I’m healthy again. I feel good. I’ve been working out and skating,” Smolinski told ESPN.com last week. “(Port Huron) is only an hour from Detroit. Listen, I want to help. I’m going in there with the right frame of mind. I’m going to work hard and see what happens.”

Smolinski is looking to revive his career, but is coming to Port Huron without expectations.

“It would be an awesome small miracle,” he said of making a return to the NHL. “Even if it doesn’t happen, I’m joining a great team and a great organization. They love their hockey in Port Huron. It’s an exciting time.”

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What? Smoke is decent. Weird how he's not in the NHL.

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He'd be more useful than Laraque to us, which isn't saying much.

Anyhow I wish him luck in his endeavor. He did not set the town in fire last year but he's a great guy and it would be nice to see him make it back to the NHL (I don't see why not, there are players much worse than him).

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smoke had a great playoffs last year weird to not see him back in the nhl this year

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As much as I wasn't impressed with him last year I was very surprised he wasn't signed by anyone this year, after all he did have a few very solid games in the playoffs.

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As much as I wasn't impressed with him last year I was very surprised he wasn't signed by anyone this year, after all he did have a few very solid games in the playoffs.
That is the thing though, at this stage in his career and at his age a couple good games can't get you a contract anymore because they know there will be more of the bad game then the good.

At his salary on is better to bring a prospect to give him a chance.

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Sadly, he'll still look slow in the IHL.

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So does Montreal still have him under contract ? or own his rights ???

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So does Montreal still have him under contract ? or own his rights ???
He is a UFA, so no.

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wow !! for me after what he did for us in the playoffs last year i would have given him another shot.......

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We need him incase we meet the devils in the playoffs!

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Sadly, he'll still look slow in the IHL.
Obviously you haven't seen a game in the "I" recently. It's really gone down hill from the days of Bruce Boudreau and John Anderson.

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Obviously you haven't seen a game in the "I" recently. It's really gone down hill from the days of Bruce Boudreau and John Anderson.
I didn't know it was still around.

Just checked their website..only 6 teams and this guy is killing the league in scoring :http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/p....php?pid=19302

It's too bad really.. there is too many teams in the AHL.

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