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#20 Bryan Smolinski 2007-08


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It's not losing a step that bothers me. It's the general lack of interest Smolinski seems to display most of the time on the ice.

I truly don't think it's a lack of interest. I think it could very well be the mind wanting to go faster than the old legs, as I can attest myself. :) But as you mentioned, there are some much more important issues needing to be dealt with than Smolinski. When those are resolved, I'll look at Smoke.

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We let Bonk go to get Smolinski. Bonk ties the game up in the final minute of the game with Smolinski in the penaltly box.

Ironic.

Ironic enough to make me want to burn my high school lit. text books.

Let's not forget that Bonk scored in the shootout to set the seeds of doubt. Talk about salt in the wounds.

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horrible for us, has been great for many teams in the past, players tend to die off when they come here as free agents, and surge again when they leave, Radek Bonk being a perfect example of that. Smolinski is, at the end of the day, a player we didn't really need, the organization should have gone into this season, after missing the playoffs, with as many open slots for rookies such as Chicpchura, Grabs and Lapierre and quite frankly given them the trust we choose to give to these 3rd-4th line free agents we seem to scoop up every summer. What do you honestly have to lose after you miss the playoffs? Why not find the hole pluggers within your system rather than get them off the free agent market every year.

I dont think Smolinski is a bad player at all, but he is not the right player for us.

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We let Bonk go to get Smolinski. Bonk ties the game up in the final minute of the game with Smolinski in the penaltly box.

Ironic.

and what bugs me is that Carbo puts him right back on the ice after that dumb penalty. :angry:

I still can't believe that game last night. I don't mind Smoke (like some Hab fans do. wow reading some really bad stuff about how much some fans hate him).

I think maybe it is his turn to sit though.

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horrible for us, has been great for many teams in the past, players tend to die off when they come here as free agents, and surge again when they leave, Radek Bonk being a perfect example of that. Smolinski is, at the end of the day, a player we didn't really need, the organization should have gone into this season, after missing the playoffs, with as many open slots for rookies such as Chicpchura, Grabs and Lapierre and quite frankly given them the trust we choose to give to these 3rd-4th line free agents we seem to scoop up every summer. What do you honestly have to lose after you miss the playoffs? Why not find the hole pluggers within your system rather than get them off the free agent market every year.

I dont think Smolinski is a bad player at all, but he is not the right player for us.

Samsonov died off when he came here and surged again in Chicago. Ah, never mind, bad example!

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Samsonov died off when he came here and surged again in Chicago. Ah, never mind, bad example!

yeah bad example because he still seems dead in Chicago! :unsure:

back to Smoke....just confirms that Zed is the greatest #20 the Habs have had in the last 20 years or so. :D

we should enjoy Smoke for the rest of the year though , because I am sure he won't be back.

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yeah bad example because he still seems dead in Chicago! :unsure:

back to Smoke....just confirms that Zed is the greatest #20 the Habs have had in the last 20 years or so. :D

we should enjoy Smoke for the rest of the year though , because I am sure he won't be back.

No other #20 can surpass Zed. :lol: But when Bryan Smolinski signed with the Habs, I'm sure he really wanted to do well. Maybe he wanted too much, maybe he tried too hard to impress. When you come to a new team, you want to impress the direction, your teammates and the fans. Or maybe the expectations were too high? I don't know, I'm just giving my opinion.

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20 years maybe , go back a little further for Peter Mahovlich

nah (before my time).

I'll go as far back as Jyrki Lumme, Kjell Dahlin :P Zed still is the best #20! :P

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nah (before my time).

I'll go as far back as Jyrki Lumme, Kjell Dahlin :P Zed still is the best #20! :P

Too bad it was before your time, you might have liked Pete.

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well Mr. Smolinski here is a golden chance to show what you can do. Remember when Kostoplous made that turn over against the Sens and he vowed to do better? well this time around you have a chance to make up for taking that bad penalty last game and showing the fans what your made of :D

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Brian needs to be on thin ice, and i believe he is

I think it was in an article I saw that Smolinski has only been allowed to go unbenched because the team wants to send a positive message out to other UFA's. It's a smart long term move IMO, but it may be hurting us a lot in the short term.

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I think it was in an article I saw that Smolinski has only been allowed to go unbenched because the team wants to send a positive message out to other UFA's. It's a smart long term move IMO, but it may be hurting us a lot in the short term.

well that shouldnt determine wither he stays in the lineup or not

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well that shouldnt determine wither he stays in the lineup or not

Oh i agree with you, don't get me wrong. It's just a tough bind that the management is in. We have a very badddd image to UFA's because of samsonov, abby, bonk etc. They're trying to do the best they can with what they have, which is more than i can say they've done in the past with touchy situations like these.

It's a lose-lose situation. Smolinski has to play really bad and hurt us really bad to warrant a trip to the press-box, if we send him up without him playing horribly enough to be seen as a detriment to the team league wide, we'll be looked upon as the bad guys killing another NHL Vet's career. Oh boy, i just hope smoke can come back to old form before the situation gets out of hand.

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they were booing everyone by the end of the game ;) I wouldn't put much stock into it, once he scores a a goal or gets an assist most of the fans will be cheering him again

Sincerely doubt it, habs fans aren't that dumb. He's been taking advantage of our UFA situation and i'd let him know it in person if i ever got to talk to him. It's unfair that guys like grabovski, kosty chips and others have had to sit and this guy has a free pass to play as badly as he wants.

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He's been taking advantage of our UFA situation and i'd let him know it in person if i ever got to talk to him. It's unfair that guys like grabovski, kosty chips and others have had to sit and this guy has a free pass to play as badly as he wants.

How is it his fault if we agreed to a contract with him? Am I missing something here? :blink:

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