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#20 Bryan Smolinski 2007-08


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I was disappointed by the poor checking on the Wellwood goal. Smoke should have had him covered. I know that Smoke is very good defensively and really good on the PK so it is not like he is poor defensively but IMO he should have been able to keep Wellwood from getting the 1st goal against Price.

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I was disappointed by the poor checking on the Wellwood goal. Smoke should have had him covered. I know that Smoke is very good defensively and really good on the PK so it is not like he is poor defensively but IMO he should have been able to keep Wellwood from getting the 1st goal against Price.

He also was a big part of killing off a very lengthy 5 on 3 in the second period.

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Bad game for Smoke. Sure he was great on the two-man PK, but he was directly responsible for the first goal and seemed to struggle all night with defensive assignments.

I was also disappointed in Smoke's game last night. As good as he is defensively, that goal should have NEVER been scored. I mean, we're talking about Wellwood here, not Ovechkin! That play happened in slow motion (my Leafs lovin' bro-in-law even said the same thing) and there was NO excuse for letting Wellwood get his stick on the puck as he could possibly be the softest player in the NHL I know, I saw him play for my Spits. A magician with the puck but a real princess in the physicality department.

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What is starting to worry me about Smolinski is that while he is supposed to be our shutdown centre, he's tied for the worst plus-minus on the team at -4, and really isn't producing even two-way numbers in terms of points.

I guess I'm finding it difficult to see why we couldn't re-sign Bonk to a one or two-year deal for the same money we gave Smolinski. So far, I have to say I'm a bit disappointed with what he's bringing to the table. I expected more, especially from a guy who's only on a one-year contract.

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What is starting to worry me about Smolinski is that while he is supposed to be our shutdown centre, he's tied for the worst plus-minus on the team at -4, and really isn't producing even two-way numbers in terms of points.

I guess I'm finding it difficult to see why we couldn't re-sign Bonk to a one or two-year deal for the same money we gave Smolinski. So far, I have to say I'm a bit disappointed with what he's bringing to the table. I expected more, especially from a guy who's only on a one-year contract.

Ditto. Thus far, I miss Bonk more than I'm impressed with Smoke since the latter was supposed to bring more offense than the former. I have yet to see this and all the while, Smoke's defensive game has been lacking somewhat. Our PK was rated #1 early last year only to have it go south on us due to shuffling our lines while we were hit with the flu bug. This season, we're only ranked middle-of-the-pack. The absence of Johnson has not helped that stat either.

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Ditto. Thus far, I miss Bonk more than I'm impressed with Smoke since the latter was supposed to bring more offense than the former. I have yet to see this and all the while, Smoke's defensive game has been lacking somewhat. Our PK was rated #1 early last year only to have it go south on us due to shuffling our lines while we were hit with the flu bug. This season, we're only ranked middle-of-the-pack. The absence of Johnson has not helped that stat either.

I never thought I would be missin' Radek Bonk one day. :lol: Sorry to be offtopic but where is Mike Johnson now?

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I never thought I would be missin' Radek Bonk one day. :lol: Sorry to be offtopic but where is Mike Johnson now?

Johnson started the year in St.Louis but has been released recently. I wouldn't mind getting him back!

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Johnson started the year in St.Louis but has been released recently. I wouldn't mind getting him back!

I wasn't too crazy about Mike Johnson, I think we're better off at right win the on the 3rd/4th lines with Kostopoulos and Dandeneault, the Habs' comeback player of the year.

That being said, I think Smolinski is one of the biggest disappointments so far. I was actually in the minority in that I was pretty happy when they signed him. Figured a veteran with defensive skills and several 20+ goal seasons behind him would have more of an upside but he really needs to get hustling. Getting beat by a nice play is one thing but getting flat-out outhustled like he was against Wellwood is unacceptable.

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Atleast smolinski can hit, i'd much rather have smolinski than johnson, but i'd rather have bonk back overall.

ditto on this one. Bonk was one of the most versatile forwards on the team last year and from Christmas on, the best forward overall on the team.

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ditto on this one. Bonk was one of the most versatile forwards on the team last year and from Christmas on, the best forward overall on the team.

forgetting pleks? BUt i agree about the versatility thing :)

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I don't understand this guy has a +/- on the positive side every year since 1999-2000 and now with montreal he is -4. I really don't like that stat but beginning to read more into it.

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The -4, in and of itself, doesn't bother me. As many members here have astutely noted, the importance of a single plus-minus stat is often overestimated. For example, -4 last year would have been average to decent, considering the horrific plus-minuses of most of the team. However, what does bother me is that his -4 is tied for last on the team with Latendresse and Streit. That is a worrisome stat for someone who is supposed to be our shutdown centre. Your third-line defensive-specialist centre shouldn't be last on the team in plus-minus.

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The -4, in and of itself, doesn't bother me. As many members here have astutely noted, the importance of a single plus-minus stat is often overestimated. For example, -4 last year would have been average to decent, considering the horrific plus-minuses of most of the team. However, what does bother me is that his -4 is tied for last on the team with Latendresse and Streit. That is a worrisome stat for someone who is supposed to be our shutdown centre. Your third-line defensive-specialist centre shouldn't be last on the team in plus-minus.

He hasn't been good. My biggest annoyance with this guy is he keeps losing faceoffs, he's at 47.2% and I'm surprised it's that high, every time we have a big faceoff and he's taking it, seems like we lose it

At the time we signed him, I was excited at the idea of him replacing Bonk, just because we needed a right handed center.

He needs to be better because Chipchura is starting to fill the role he was expected to fill, and if he continues to slide his icetime will continue to slide.

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He hasn't been good. My biggest annoyance with this guy is he keeps losing faceoffs, he's at 47.2% and I'm surprised it's that high, every time we have a big faceoff and he's taking it, seems like we lose it

I noticed his poor faceoff skills last game, when it seemed like every time we needed him to win a key faceoff, he lost it and it led to a legit scoring chance for Toronto. I was really expecting our faceoff percentage to skyrocket this year with Smoke on the third line, but so far, he's disappointed me.

He needs to be better because Chipchura is starting to fill the role he was expected to fill, and if he continues to slide his icetime will continue to slide.

Yup. He's lucky he has a NTC, because I think by the trade deadline, Chipchura will be ready to take his job.

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The -4, in and of itself, doesn't bother me. As many members here have astutely noted, the importance of a single plus-minus stat is often overestimated. For example, -4 last year would have been average to decent, considering the horrific plus-minuses of most of the team. However, what does bother me is that his -4 is tied for last on the team with Latendresse and Streit. That is a worrisome stat for someone who is supposed to be our shutdown centre. Your third-line defensive-specialist centre shouldn't be last on the team in plus-minus.

I must have misinformed I meant it as a team stat in that he had a positive +/- for what 8 years but now with montreal he is minus not blaming smolinski but montreals atrocious even strength play

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Johnson started the year in St.Louis but has been released recently. I wouldn't mind getting him back!

We don't have space for a player off his talent. Think about who would sit if he was playing. No thanks!

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Atleast smolinski can hit, i'd much rather have smolinski than johnson, but i'd rather have bonk back overall.

I agree Bonk was better for us than Smolinski. It seems like Chip is outplaying Smolinski. Overall, Smolinski as not impressed me that much up to now.

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Guys is still early in the season, It took bonk a full year to get his grove on as the second year he was starting to show his brillance,

That being said, we wanted smoke for a while, he was available this year, we picked him up.

Im sure his stats will improve, He's a vet who will help our younger players aswell.

47% is about 50%, What else can u ask for then winning half of them

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