My point is: Everyone is better with Kronwall, Kronwall is awesome.
People act like Smith could be become awesome, and if he would only play with Kronwall that would happen. But that's the thing, he's only good when he's playing with Kronwall.
Dekeyser is good. But so is Ericsson. You might as well pair Smith with Ericsson. Dekeyser is not a great puck mover by any means, he's decent and he has a good slap shot which is about it, he's a defensively minded player. Just like Ericsson.
Switching out Q and D is not going to suddenly make our D better, in fact it will probably just look the same.
Pushing an offensive minded guy like Smith with another guy with somehwat of an O mind only hurts ur second pairing IMO. Cause then your second pairing is Q-D-E ALL DEFENSIVE GUYS. No balance there.
Wasn't Dekeyser's first pass highly touted? I thought that was one of the big pros with him. Not arguing for or against your other points, just curious if I'm remembering wrong. I'll wait and see how Smith does with whoever he's paired with. I'd like to think that he'll take the next step and play well wherever now. If not though I did really like him paired with Kronwall, thought they played great together.