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Wyatt Smith, Fare Thee Well

Well, it had to happen some time.  Sure, most of us are still scratching our heads as to why it didn't happen far sooner, but it's finally happened.

Courtesy of TSN (via MHH member thedoctor):

One team can only handle so many centers.  Obviously Joe Sakic and Paul Stastny aren't going anywhere.  Tyler Arnason may not be universally loved, but his place on the third line is pretty much guaranteed because he's still prone to very brief moments of absolute brilliance.  And though both TJ Hensick and Cody McCormick are still precariously balanced in the lineup (demotion could come at any second, knowing Coach Q), their respective talents---scoring for Hensick, banging for McCormick (not the same thing, perverts)---keep them valuable.

The odd man out is Wyatt Smith.  Like I've always said, Smith has never let anyone down because nobody expected too much from him in the first place.  It's not personal, it's just the reality of the game.  If he isn't picked up by another NHL team, I'm sure he'll do reasonably well in Cleveland with the Monsters.  They could use some "veteran" leadership.

Wyatt, I wish you the best.

And thank god Adrian Dater doesn't have to light himself on fire now.