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  1. Smith is better than DeKeyser. DeKeyser makes $2.25M more. Smith is better than Kronwall. Kronwall makes $2M more. Smith is better than Ericsson. Ericsson makes $1.5M more. 15 mil tied up in those 3 long term. But Smith needs to be traded. Ok. That better? Smith is not the issue with this defense, and if we're trying to make this team better, those are the guys that we need to look at moving. Not Smith. Kronwall will likely end up on LTIR over the next year, so I'm okay with waiting for that to work itself out. Ericsson CAN be traded, and I'm sick of hearing everyone say "he can't". No contract / player is untradeable, it just takes a GM to get creative. Look at all the terrible players / contracts the Leafs were able to move over the past two years. If Clarkson can be traded, so can Ericsson. The unfortunate thing is, this organization, for whatever reason, values Ericsson and his "size"...
  2. I'd love to see him traded and get in some more games on another teams 4th line. Trade him for future considerations if any team wants him, unfortunately for Drew, I just don't see any team calling for his services...
  3. I agree, but Smith would definitely garner more than a 6th round draft pick... Unless management have decided they have no intention in re-signing Smith this offseason, or he lets them know he wants to test free agency, I'd be disappointed with anything less than a 2nd round pick. I'm not saying I think we'd get that, I just think Smith is more valuable than a player we could potentially draft in the 3rd round or later...
  4. I wasn't a fan of the Hronek pick when we first made it, because I felt there were better players still on the board at 53, like Taylor Raddysh... Still wish we picked him, but oh well... Hronek is starting to look like a decent prospect though. He's been the kid I have been keeping a close eye on this season and he has been very impressive thus far. He's playing on a very bad Saginaw team, is 2nd on the team in points (50) and shots (186) in just 48 games (6-8 less than the rest of the team). He also leads the team in +/- with a +15, most of the team are in the minus, with the worst being -24. He's 5th in the entire league in scoring for defensemen, and 2nd in points per game. He definitely needs to bulk up a significant amount if he wants to have a career in the NHL, but not bad at all for a 170lbs. 19 year old kid...
  5. Completely agree. The thing I get most frustrated about is, Smith does produce offensive chances, he just doesn't put up points, for whatever reason. Lack of finish on this team maybe? There was a stat last year that he lead the team and was top 10-20 in the entire league for passes that lead to high quality scoring chances per 60... I scoured the Internet last night trying to find the site I found this on, no luck, so if anyone knows where it is, and would post it, would be appreciated. Regardless, Smith is a very efficient puck mover, and every team needs a couple of those. He's been known to make his fair share of blunders throughout the game, but so do most puck moving defenseman, and he has drastically cleaned up that area of his game. I think in the right system, with another solid top 4 guy as a partner, he would be very good. We've seen that in the past, and not much changed. He looked great some of those games, not so good in others. Smith and DeKeyser are both 2nd pair guys in my opinion. One is a "puck moving defenseman" that moves the puck well, but doesn't produce enough points. The other is a "two-way defenseman" that has no offensive instincts whatsoever, and is mediocre at best in his defensive zone...
  6. You're acting as if I'm saying we can't lose Smith, when that's not at all what I'm saying. I've said that we should probably move him, IF the return value is there. My point is, Smith is very undervalued here, and if / when he gets traded, I think he will be a very solid addition to whichever team acquires him. If it were up to me, I'd keep Smith and offload Ericsson, but we all know that's not happening... I honestly think Smith is better than DeKeyser, but DeKeyser is massively overpaid, and no I wouldn't give Smith anything close to that. I'd be okay with kliq's $3M per for 3 years number, IF we could offload Ericsson and Kronwall went the way of LTIR...
  7. You mention Petry as an "offensive defenseman", but he's never really had any overwhelming offensive numbers, until his breakout season, this season, at the tender age of 29... Unfortunately, I don't think Smith will ever get to the status of "offensive defenseman", but he's still very valuable. None of the kids are currently better than Smith, and although they all may have the potential to get there, maybe none of them ever do. We were all extremely high on Smith once upon a time as well...
  8. CRL9, I'm not getting into yet another back and forth with you about Smith. I think he makes this team better, and harder to play against. You don't. Cool. Your disdain for Smith almost rivals another posters for Franzen...
  9. Please read kip's post on page one if you haven't already... Smith is very underrated around here, and he is a valuable piece to our back end. Great skater, good puck mover, and one of our few defenseman that play with an edge... I'm okay with trading him, but only if the return value is there. We certainly shouldn't just give him away.
  10. Trouba is just 22 years old (23 next week), still very young for a defenseman. He is also on the exact same point per game pace as Fowler, 0.51, while Hamilton is currently better, at 0.59. Hamilton is a year older and Fowler is two years older. Trouba is also on a pace as good or better offensively then either of the other two at the same age. Trouba is finally starting to get the appropriate ice time and he has been capitalizing. He would take on an even bigger role in Detroit, and I think he would be an absolute stud. I would definitely take both Hamilton and Fowler if they were available as well, but Trouba would be my number one target, then Hamilton, then Fowler...
  11. Let's just say we're sitting at the draft table with the number 5 overall pick and Liljegren is our guy. Winnipeg calls and offer us Trouba for the pick straight up. What would you do? I take the trade without hesitation. Trouba is a top pair guy right now, and has plenty of room to grow. Liljegren, while he looks like a very good young player, is still very much an unknown. I think best case scenario he develops into a player as good as Trouba, maybe slightly better offensively. Worst case, which is always a possibility, he doesn't develop as well as expected, and tops out as a mediocre NHL defenseman. I take the sure thing every time.
  12. Where's that damn neg when ya need it?...
  13. Absolutely. And if for some unknown reason we didn't want to keep Green beyond this season, you don't just leave him unprotected, you trade him at the deadline. He's one of our best trade chips, so he either needs to be traded in the next week, or protected this summer and traded before next year's trade deadline. The assets we would gain in the trade, in addition to another season with Green are more valuable than any one player we could potentially lose in the expansion draft. I still really hope Vegas doesn't take Sproul though. I still think he's the only one of the kids with a ceiling beyond top 4...
  14. I don't think there is a single fan that would protect Kronwall at this point in his career, but can anyone say with any sort of certainty, that Holland wouldn't protect him? I'd hope he wouldn't, but I think there's a strong possibility that he would... The protection would obviously be much better served, using it on one of the younger defensemen. I too would love to see Holland's protected list, as well as the rest of the league. I'm hoping they will be leaked prior to the expansion draft...
  15. You can obviously forget about Doughty or any of the other elite defensemen in the league, but Trouba is attainable. What makes you think he's not the answer though? A 22 year old defenseman putting up 0.5 points per game, while playing solid defensively, strong all around game is exactly what this team needs. He's a very solid top pairing defenseman right now, and everything points toward him developing into a strong number one. He may never get to the elite level of a Doughty, Burns, Hedman, but just because a player isn't a top 5-10 player in the league, doesn't mean he's "not the answer" or we shouldn't acquire him... Making a trade for Trouba (or similar player) should be at the top of Holland's to-do list this summer. We have the pieces, it's just a matter of getting the deal done...