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.
I don't want to get off topic but the coaches challenge in baseball has been atrociously used. It was supposed to speed up the game--while getting the call right. Instead we have managers coming onto the field -slowly- while looking into the dugout at the bench coach (who is on the phone with the replay coach) to get the thumbs up or down on whether to challenge or not. The umpire has to make the call quickly, so the mangers should decide whether they want to challenge just as quick.
My point being that I don't mind the coaches challenge being implemented in the NHL, I just don't want to see the same process being used as in baseball.
I agree to an extent about the baseball challenge. I can't stand the slow walk/delay to get the thumbs up, and I hope they manage to remedy it and speed things up. I do like them getting the calls right though. Nothing used to make me more angry than a blown call (even though I know it's a hard job and nobody is perfect). So while the current situation isn't perfect I'd rather see it remedied than done away with and would like to see something similar in the NHL.