Which is why he got scratched for a rookie with 12 games of experience heading into the playoffs?
If anything, I'd say he's pretty much exactly as good as I "make him out to be".
And suggestions that he should be on the top pair with Kronwall laughably over inflate his value.
I've said 2 million times and counting. He's a third pair defenseman with upside. How's that under rating him?
Not one person is saying Smith is a top pairing dman, but that is what you are arguing. Ericsson isn't a top pairing dman either, but he has been playing in that role all year long. Not one person said he should play with Kronwall because he is a top dman. He and Kronwall have played well together in the past. On more than one occasion.
Too be clear, I'm not even saying that Smith shouldn't replace Marchenko. I don't really care about that. Marchenko has been bad.
But I'm curious why we'd go from one extreme to the other. A week ago Smith played his way out of the lineup. Now, not only is he going to make us more physical (he won't), more offensive (he won't), but he's going to be trusted to play against the top lines on the most offensively potent team in the NHL?
How does that make ANY sense at all?
Can we just put him on the third pair and hope he plays mistake free hockey down there? I think that would be good enough.
No it doesn't. Smith and Kronwall isn't a solid pair. It's a third pairing defenseman on a top pair. It's Kronwall plus a mistake prone bottom pair guy, going up against the best offense in the league.
Smith was THE MOST sheltered defenseman we had all season, and he was still awful defensively. He was awful with the puck. He was negligible offensively.
That's not going to improve by giving him harder starts, against better players.
He may be an upgrade over Marchenko. But if you think he's going to better better than Ericsson on the top pair you're ignoring literally every single indicator available and focusing entirely on a best case scenario that existed (maybe) for a couple of games during the regular season a year ago.
If Kronwall and Smith were such a good pair, why do you suppose Babs didn't keep them together?
Because before we got Zidlicky, Smith and Marchenko made for a solid third pairing. I'm not here saying Smith is our savior by any means. But he is certainly a better player than you make him out to be.
Aaaaaand we're back to suggesting Smith should be on the top pair? C'mon guys.
I don't have a problem with him coming back in for Marchenko. Marchenko hasn't looked great. But if any of you think Smith would look better than Ericsson against Tampa's best players you're nuts.
Smith playing with Kronwall gives us 3 solid pairings instead of 2. Many of us feel that Smith with Kronwall and E with Zidlicky would be a much better option than Smith and Zidlicky as the third pairing. Nobody is saying Smith playing with Kronwall makes the #1 pairing better than it already is. But it doesn't make it much worse (if at all) either.
I think so. These lines give us much more balance and depth, both scoring wise and defensively. Removing Weiss and going with Sheahan and Jurco together with Andersson at least makes the 3rd line not a liability, and I've liked Jurco's game so far this post season. Just needs to crash and bang and create a few chances.
Lines: Abdelkader-Zetterberg-Nyquist Helm-Datsyuk-Tatar Andersson-Sheahan-Jurco Miller-Glendening-Ferraro Weiss, Pulkkinen roating in.
Earlier in the season I'd have been pissed to see Andersson in over Weiss. But now I just get it. Andy is more responsible with the puck. He might not put up many points, but he isn't giving up glorious scoring chances either.
Sorry to sy it, but Z is done. Fini. As for Mr. holland. Look at what Stevie has done in 5 short years. His team is big and fast. Your team is small and slow. They have very little skill in comparison. His team is focused with lots of skill. Very well coached I might add. They play with intelligence. Your team, Mr.Holland, is just the opposite.
Stevie also i inherited the likes of Stamkos and Hedman. Put Stamkos out there not 100% and they fizzle out of the playoffs like they did last year.
He does it because he thinks it will help his team get a make up call, or get a pp to help his team.
Hes made some questionable plays against the wings and every other team, but that's not why hes doing it vs Ottawa.
And it was a fair question.
If you read through the thread he was absolutely getting hate.
Some of it was warranted, like talking about how he was jumping up and down on the ice when the call was made on the slash, or when he was throwing a fit in the hallway, but he was absolutely getting hated on.
And he gets a lot of hate pretty much everywhere, not just here.
He's young, an amazing player, and he has an attitude..
It was a legitimate question.
I'm just tired of him. And all the drama that surrounds him. Some love it, and are super into this series. All this drama has me not giving a damn and has turned me away from watching it. My only opinion is that I want the Habs to be eliminated. I get tired of the attention seeking and whining from the team and their fans. Especially living in Canada. It is the worst.
I would rather deal with Leaf fans any day. At least they are always around. Habs fans only show up when the team is winning. You don't hear from them when they lose.
with all the negativity towards our boys (rightfully so) most of us expected this kind of game without the W, and we got that W so hopefully, and I mean HOPEFULLY, we only go up from here. The guys now are seeing that we got goaltending, so loosen the hell up and use them legs.
The way I look at it is what if it were the other way around? That would have been infinitely worse. They stole a win in a game they were dominated. I have no doubt they will look much better in game 2. Babs is too good a coach to not make the right adjustments for the next game. The effort was definitely there, they just need to play smarter.