I would hang onto Smith for at least a couple more years. Its not uncommon for D to take a few years to really get comfortable in the NHL (see: Kindl, Ericsson) Smith is a rookie, having played in only 52 regular season games up to this point. He's going to make rookie mistakes. But I think his potential down the road far outweighs what the Wings could get in return for him right now.
Franzen is frustrating, because he could truly be an elite forward if he pushed himself every night, but it clearly doesn't happen. It becomes even more frustrating when we look back to see that the Wings ended up with Franzen instead of Hossa, who has something of a reputation for being a hard worker. Even still, Franzen's cap hit is under 4M and his production for that cost is a reasonable value. Ultimately, I don't know whether that money would be more effective is spent on another player. If we traded for him using Franzen's cap hit, this new player might give it his all every night, but it likely will still amount to about whatever half-ass Franzen puts up now.
In short; stand pat.
Can't afford to stand pat while the clock on Datsyuk and Zetterberg is ticking, Especially with the logjam keeping Nyquist and Tatar benched.
Move Franzen and Smith now and we will effectively replace Franzen with Nyquist and upgrade Smith with Edler while getting potentially a solid power forward that can take over when Bert retires And again with the logjam upfront, there's no need to depend on Kassian to contribute right away. If he does, it's a bonus
Nyquist makes Franzen obsolete, and Edler significantly upgrades our D and O.
No sense in waiting for Smith to develop. Our future is
. Edit: so if he is not getting it done now, no need to keep him around for the future.
This is that one move we need to really unleash the potential on this team.
Gillis is in the same position. He can't afford to stand pat while the clock on the Sedins is ticking.
Edited by T.Low, 13 October 2013 - 06:55 PM.