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A Case for Trading: Jason Smith

Posted in Hockey, Sports with tags , , , , , , on February 23, 2008 by bsbp

I hope to do a few of these as we get close to the deadline, in no way am I singling out Smith. With all of the rumours swirling around the Flyers looking for more blueline help, someone is going to have to go, starting with UFAs makes sense.

 The Flyers have Timonen, Coburn, Parent, Hatcher, Kukkonen and Gauthier under contract for next season. That’s roughly 15 million dollars in cap space (which isn’t bad considering Edmonton is may tie up 10 million in Souray and Pitkanen.)

Smith, along with Jones, is a UFA. He’s rumored to be seeking a long-term contract above his current 1.976 million dollar cap number.

 With Gauthier already signed, younger and a physical 3rd pair dman, do we need Smith? Smith is a grizzled veteran, he brings a snarl to the team but his body has already shown signs of weakening this season. Is Smith more valuable long-term with this club or bringing more picks/prospects to a farm that still needs replenishing.

 The Flyers need more mobility and puck moving ability on the blueline. They also need to grow young leaders and abandon the practice of importing leadership. Can Smith bring you back a young puck mover? Probably not, at-least not one that’s rostered. He can bring you back a quality pick in the first 2 rounds and/or a strong prospect.

 Teams like Detroit looking to bolster the roster as injuries slow them down in the final quarter of the season might be eager to get a guy like Smith with his mythic reputation. While still smarting from the Bertuzzi pick-up last a guy like Smith is hard to pass-on if Holmgren looks to make a reasonable trade and not a grand slam.

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Has the Clock Struck Midnight on Foppa?

Posted in Sports with tags , , , , , , , , on January 17, 2008 by bsbp

Cinder-Foppa

With countless articles about the pending return of Peter Forsberg and where he will play one can only wonder if it’s a good move for anyone to welcome the fading star back.

We’re all aware of his heroics early on this decade, missing an entire season only to return for the playoffs in dominant fashion. We’re of course 6 years and countless ‘skate issues’ beyond that being relevant.

 Can Forsberg be that player again? Certainly. How likely is it? Now that’s where it gets difficult. Forsberg put up some of his worst numbers in Philly over the last 3 years. Aside from his foot there were knee, groin and upper body issues that have nagged at the Super Swede.

 Philadelphia’s a team resurgent largely on the backs of young players who would most certainly feel the squeeze in fitting Forsberg onto the ice. Is it better to bring in a Forsberg for an end season run at the playoffs at the risk of chemistry and a sense of accomplishment? I for one think these kids might be better served making a run on their own, instead of banging out would be contracts with Forsberg’s agent, maybe nailing down Carter and Umberger should be a priority.

 In 1985 the Flyers played a rather young squad all the way to the Stanley Cup finals, they shed veterans that year. All of the notables Howe, Kerr, Propp, Poulin, Tocchet, the Sutter brothers were 7 years or fewer in the league (or Pro Hockey) a lot of them 5 or fewer. While the 85 core never won a Stanley Cup, they did stretch the greatest dynasty in modern hockey to 7 games after falling 0-2, and then 1-3. There’s something to be said for letting the boys earn it.

 I’m not convinced bringing Forsberg back helps this team 2 and 3 years down the line. I am positive that letting the kids do it on their own will pay dividends for years to come..

Sorry Peter, but that carriage is turning back into a pumpkin..