Jason Smith : A Steal for the Flyers?
July 7th 3:42 PM:
Last week, the Philadelphia Flyers traded Joni Pitkanen, Who is a young defenseman who racked up 43 points last season, and Geoff Sanderson, Who is considerably one of the fastest players in the NHL, He racked up 29 points. The Flyers acquired Joffrey Lupul, Who most Edmonton fans believe was a very bad acquisition for the Oilers, and Defenseman and Captain Jason Smith. Jason Smith can add grit and toughness along with leadership to any line-up, it was a big shock to see the Oilers trade away there captain, but in this case I guess it was a good call.
Jason Smith is big, strong and can hit very well, He only racked up 11 points, but it was the little things he does that made the Flyers so interested. The Flyers believe that Smith can come in and teach the rookies like Alexandre Picard for example, how to "Stay at home" and how to be a good captain.
Smith, 33, posted 11 points (2G,9A) and 103 penalty minutes in 82 regular season games for Edmonton last season. He led the team in blocked shots (228, second in the NHL) and hits (151). Smith, the Oilers’ captain, had led the Oilers in hits and blocked shots in each of the last five seasons that the statistics have been recorded by the NHL (1999-2000 through 2001-02 and 2005-06 through 2006-07). He was third on the team in penalty minutes with 103.
(From the Flyers Site)
But was he worth it? Was he and Lupul worth the hard working Pitkanen and the ultra fast Sanderson? Oilers fans say yes, most Flyer fans say no. What do you say? But to see the answer, I guess we're gonna have to wait for the 2007-2008 season.