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Sean Maloughney
Edmonton Oilers
Location: Edmonton
Joined: 09.26.2010

May 28 @ 11:31 AM ET
Sean Maloughney: Oilers Player Report Card - #41 Mike Smith
Aerchon
Joined: 10.14.2011

May 28 @ 12:37 PM ET
First.

Good blog.

I think it's easy to see how Smiths ability to puck handle helps the team. It often offsets his less than stellar goaltending.

Weather it's the puck handling or his personality one thing I noticed is how the team plays in front of him. To my eye the team played much harder when Smith was in the net. He just got more run support and effort for some reason than Koskinen. It was very noticeable imo. Which is kind of funny because in Calgary in the playoffs his team hung him out to dry.

Koskinen certainly looked to me to be the far superior goaltender and the choice to use Smith even when struggling cost the Oilers some games.

The UFA group has a few better options than Smith that I hope the Oilers can get instead especially at the price tag Smith got this last year.

Smith played good at times and obviously good enough for a playoff birth but his inconsistency and his price leave much to be desired.
Nighthawk
Vancouver Canucks
Location: North of the 49th, BC
Joined: 01.09.2015

May 28 @ 1:22 PM ET
D

Overrated for a long time. Handles the puck good but also has gaffes. Overpriced back-up.
GalacticStone
Tampa Bay Lightning
Location: Sergachev's illegitimate son., FL
Joined: 01.29.2013

May 28 @ 2:20 PM ET
This sounds a lot like Smith's time in Tampa. And he was much younger then, but the same types of performances were there. He'd have one or two solid games (not great, but solid) and then go on a long stretch of mediocre and poor starts. Great puck mover, but not great at anything else.

Nice guy. Great locker-room guy. But, he's an average at best goalie and he's almost knocking on the door of being 40 years old.

I'd cut my losses and let him go.
Wildschwein
New York Islanders
Joined: 11.17.2012

May 28 @ 2:49 PM ET
This sounds a lot like Smith's time in Tampa. And he was much younger then, but the same types of performances were there. He'd have one or two solid games (not great, but solid) and then go on a long stretch of mediocre and poor starts. Great puck mover, but not great at anything else.

Nice guy. Great locker-room guy. But, he's an average at best goalie and he's almost knocking on the door of being 40 years old.

I'd cut my losses and let him go.

- GalacticStone


I’m totally cool with that.
Rev
Edmonton Oilers
Location: Edmonton, AB
Joined: 05.14.2019

May 28 @ 7:36 PM ET
Draisaitl officially wins Art Ross this year. Good for him!
MaximumBone
Seattle Kraken
Location: Look at how erect McDavid is- BB
Joined: 06.15.2012

May 28 @ 7:41 PM ET
Draisaitl officially wins Art Ross this year. Good for him!
- Rev

Der Panzer
smellmyfinger
New Jersey Devils
Location: NJ
Joined: 07.28.2011

May 28 @ 8:11 PM ET
I’m totally cool with that.
- Wildschwein



"Top 5 goalie of all time"

James Tanner probably.
Wildschwein
New York Islanders
Joined: 11.17.2012

May 29 @ 3:11 PM ET
Der Panzer
- MaximumBone


Panther IV or Tiger Aufs B?
Wildschwein
New York Islanders
Joined: 11.17.2012

May 29 @ 3:11 PM ET
"Top 5 goalie of all time"

James Tanner probably.

- smellmyfinger


If he didn’t blog it, he’s certainly thinking it.
MaximumBone
Seattle Kraken
Location: Look at how erect McDavid is- BB
Joined: 06.15.2012

May 29 @ 4:44 PM ET
Panther IV or Tiger Aufs B?
- Wildschwein

You choose!
Wildschwein
New York Islanders
Joined: 11.17.2012

Jun 1 @ 7:42 AM ET
You choose!
- MaximumBone


I pick Panther.
Reveen
Edmonton Oilers
Location: Who's your daddy ?, BC
Joined: 05.25.2011

Jun 3 @ 3:46 PM ET
"Top 5 goalie of all time"

James Tanner probably.

- smellmyfinger



Jimmy T would retire his jersey right next to Pavel Datsyuk's
wreckage
Location: Fire Holland, AB
Joined: 07.29.2013

Jun 4 @ 8:22 PM ET
So with Texas setting a limit of fans at 50% capacity how long until the NHL announces Dallas as one of if not the hub city for the playoffs to recapture some money back?