zombo, I am very laid back, I just hate the constant nit-picking over Smith's game, when he has been playing very good hockey of late. I love DeKeyser and I do think he is a better defenseman but he hasn't been sharp at all lately and you never hear anything about it, other than the subtle comment in GDT's.
I don't "dislike" Smith. I just recognize what he is. An underwhelming, third pair, defenseman with upside.
He's like a less good MIchael Del Zotto.
So basically Jamie McBain.
I understand all of this. I just wish you two would settle this debate. We've got Trolls to battle.
It was a joke, relax... And no I'm not trying to "catch you" doing anything. I just found it funny how you said it's easy to pick on the third line, and that's what you constantly do. Smith turns the puck over, worst defenseman ever... Kronwall or DeKeyser turns the puck over, no big deal... It was probably Smiths fault for being on the ice 20 feet away...
Yeah, zombo. There's no way Smith is a top 4. I mean, Babcock always plays his players in their appropriate lines / positions... Smith has no top 4 potential because I mean, you, Kip, number9 and a few others don't see it... He's a career bottom sixer. That's if he even lasts in the NHL...
I thought people from The Rock were supposed to be laid back?
I wasn't stating my opinion. I was merely making an observation about the epic cat fight between you and hair-metal dude over Smith that's been going on for about fourf****** months now.
This guy could punch McDavid so hard, that the next 10 future first rounders would retroactively be born with concussions, sending a "message" throughout the cold depths of outer space . Which, of course, would somehow lead to the Red Wings winning more games.
All my Sabres friends talk about nothing but McDavid. They are honestly irate that Lindback has rediscovered his form since coming to Buffalo. They would rather see their once highly touted goalie fail miserably than become a valuable asset to the team. And that goes with all their young ones stepping up and playing well right now. Yet they still will only have a 20% chance a McDavid if they finish last. And therein lies the conundrum with tanking. Wishing your players to suck in order to get the greener players on the other side of the hill.
Then when they get said player they wonder why they still aren't winning and their other 22 players suck. It's madness.
For everyone who points to PIT, CHI, and tanking as the answer, I point to Detroit, Montreal, Tampa, NYR, Boston, Columbus, Edmonton, STL, Nashville, Minny, LA, SJ. For some of those smart rebuilding has worked, and the others tanking has failed. CHI and PIT are the exception, not the rule.
Great post 9.
Backing off the "tank" philosophy for a minute. Most of those teams you mentioned have reaped the rewards of at least one abysmal season. Star players like Price, Stamkos, Johansen, Pietrangello, Jones, etc all went top 5, but only Stamkos was a #1 pick. So you don't "have" to tank. Plain old being regular bad works too.
As much as a loathe the "tank it" philosophy amongst some around here, I can understand a Wings fan's frustration about never getting a Price in the draft. Just look at how excited everyone was to draft 15th last year for frig sakes.
But ultimately, cheering for your own team to suck is impossible for me to condone.