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Player Discussion Brendan Smith

Discussion in 'New York Rangers' started by Oley49, Jan 14, 2018.

  1. Oley49

    Oley49 Registered User

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    Hey I dont know much about him, is he in and out of the line up battling for a spot or was he just injured or something?

    Can I expect him to continue to get starts?
     
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    I think so. He has been poor this year but he also has skill and grit. He just needs to get himself together.
     
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    Crease Chief Justice of the HFNYR Court

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    He's having a "down" year but wasn't he advertised as someone who frustrates during the regular season because he's so solid in the playoffs.
     
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    He’s a playoff warrior.
     
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    Samuel Culper III Mr. Woodhull...

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    I don’t recall him being advertised as someone who is frustrating because he is so good in the playoffs. I distinctly remember him simply being advertised as frustrating. Red Wings fans were very honest about Smith. As far as him being a “playoff warrior”, he had a nice playoffs for us last year when he was reinvigorated playing for a new team for the first time in his career, in a huge contract year post season for him. He has never had, nor earned, the reputation of a playoff warrior. He is exactly what he is. A mediocre 4-6 spot Dman who got overpaid on a contract that is about a year too long and 1M per too rich.
     
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    He scored a goal and he stood up for Staal yesterday. It's good, I think.
     
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    I thought Smith was good tbh. I'm not sure you can even measure a players success in their own some anymore...everyone sucks in their own some with this system.
     
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    NickyFotiu NYR 2017 Cup Champs!

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    He looked to be pretty out of shape to start the season. That kind of put him behind the eight ball. He looks to be in better shape now but still has some mental hiccups. I really appreciated him knocking down Reeves last night then taking on their other monster. Interesting that a team like Pitt can skate two monsters on their team.
     
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    Yes, I`ve been one of the Smith`s biggest critics on this forum hence my low rating first half of this season, but the way he played last game was very impressive both physical, and he finished his checks and created energy with that fight, and scored us a goal. He should get back his 2nd pairing role with Skjei - he looks motivated again and it`s promising for us.

    And when Ryan Mc. is back he should play with Shattenkirk to cover part of his defensive softness.
     
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    I was of the thinking Smith would have to fight both of those monsters at the same time....like who was there to help ? I had a terrible feeling about Smith and Usain Bolt Reeves .
     
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    I wish more Rangers would play with a fire to stick up for their teammates like Smith does. It was something he provided this team towards the end of last year too. He plays with an intensity, when on his game, that this team and organization lacks in general.
     
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    if Dagoon is right, and AV is legit about reducing guys ice time because they fight, then we'll probably see Smith scratched next game.

    Again, please fire this ****er. There is no time left. Unless Gorton is using AV to inadvertently tank the year away
     
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    NickyFotiu NYR 2017 Cup Champs!

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    You are smarter than to believe everything people on this board say. Lets look at two of the most popular fan "beliefs".

    1. AV will bench or scratch guys if the fight.

    2. AV loves Tanner Glass (who fights)

    Do you see what I'm getting at?
     
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    You've got Dagoon saying the same thing--someone who has actual sources.

    I'm not saying I want a team of goons here, but to flush out any sort of physicality is ridiculous. This team is EASY to play against, and that's very bad.

    Also glass doesn't fight. He hits, and only hits. He gives up on the puck to hit.
     
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    1. I want us to be more physical.

    2. Glass led our team in fights the last 3 years.
    Glass had 22 fights for us.

    Saying AV will bench anyone that fights and AV loves Tanner Glass is pretty close to a direct contradiction.
     
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    Something that is discouraged by AV
     
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    Reaves was yelling over at the Rangers bench. When a guy like that does it he's not saying nice things and he's directly challenging each and every player on the team. Someone has to respond because guys start looking at each other. So it was a good thing when Smith stepped up to the challenge and crushed him with that hit--but Smith was going to have to fight then and he wound up with Oleksiak who is really good at it too. Smith would have been way overmatched with either of them. Not a good situation for Smith to be in but it shows he doesn't back down. If it's me Smith would be in the lineup for a while after that.
     
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    Smith is the only guy on our team that would have taken on Reeves. I respect him for stepping up like he did.
     
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    I agree. I don't think anyone else would have done that. I don't think Kreider would have done it either if he had been in the lineup. For the most part our guys tiptoe around players like Lucic, Martin, Reaves and Wilson. Most players are like that--which is why teams still employ guys that can intimidate--the intimidation thing is only half their job--the other half is making sure their own teammates feel safe. Kevin Klein was another who would have stepped up like Smith did. It takes real courage to get into a fight with someone you have almost no chance against.
     
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    I was just coming here to read some opinions on how you guys think Smith is doing, and I can confirm this.

    It was far from the fact that he was a "playoff warrior". It was that he had a stretch of THREE playoff games that he actually looked like a top-4 defenseman, which left us asking why he was so terrible the other 300 games of his career... but three games does not earn you any sort of a title
     
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    Smith doesn't know it but today is the first day in his life he's going to have to figure out how to explain to a toddler that THIS IS A BUSINESS, NOLAN, WE HAVE TO LIVE IN HARTFORD NOW DEAL WITH IT. ENJOY MY MILLIONS YOU SPOILED BRAT AND SUCK IT UP.
     
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    Last year, he was distracted and out of shape due to a billion weddings.

    Now he's going to spend the entire summer on the couch playing with his new born son.

    Unbelieveable.

    :shakehead

    :sarcasm:
     
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    Hahahahahaha. That post aimed at Nash was the worst ever.
     
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    That was the worst little spat of all time. So embarrassing.
     

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