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Update on Mike Smith

Posted Jul 18, 2009 by Erik Erlendsson

Updated Jul 18, 2009 at 02:32 PM

Real good story by Patrick Kennedy of Sun Media on goaltender Mike Smith, his experiences from last season, and where he stands in getting back onto the ice after suffering a season-ending concussion last season. Smith still has not been back on skates and he hasn’t faced any shots since leaving the game against Philadelphia on Jan. 30, but has been able to get his heart rate up to maximum training level without any lingering after effects. Says he’s basically at about 85 percent. He has a golf tournament coming up tat’s held in his hometown of Kingston, Ont., each summer.

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Por (LightningDogg) on July 18, 2009 (Suggest removal)

That’s good news about Smitty. IMO he’s the most exciting goalie in the league. I’m looking forward to watching him this year when, hopefully, he will have some help to give him a fighting chance. We don’t have a prayer without him.

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Por (Victor) on July 19, 2009 (Suggest removal)

It is frigging July 18th and your wonder goalie has not been on skates! Get a grip you booster idiots. This guy is NOT going to get this bunch of AHL rejects to the playoffs. I have a bridge for sale in Cape Coral for you rubes.

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Por (LightningDogg) on July 19, 2009 (Suggest removal)

I didn’t say anything about playoffs so who’s the idiot here? Also, I said it was good news about Smitty because he was looking at a possible career ending injury. I don’t think anyone wishes that do they? I stated it was “MY OPINION” that he was the most exciting goalie in the league, and I AM LOOKING FORWARD to watching him this year, (providing he is 100%) because he played his guts out last year with no help from the defense. And WE DON’T have a chance without him because Nittymaki is a marginal backup at best! Even a Rube spotting genius like you can see that!!??
So keep your bridge Mr Sunshine. You can drive off it when your favorite team tanks this year.

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Por (KenCarpenter) on July 21, 2009 (Suggest removal)

I’d say it is more than disconcerting that the No. 1 goalie hasn’t even been on skates for this long. Sounds a lot like the Orlando Magic giving Grant Hill all that money when he showed up to sign his contract on crutches.

Niitymaki better be ready to play a lot of games.

Also, here’s hoping Smith has gained some patience, maturity and, frankly, hockey sense during his absence. His repeated reckless rambling around the rink led directly to 6-8 losses last year.

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Por (LightningDogg) on July 22, 2009 (Suggest removal)

You’re right Ken, it is a concern but I’m going with a quote from TB trainer Tom Mulligan:
“He’s able to fully train with no symptoms,” Mulligan added. “The only thing he hasn’t done is go on the ice and face shots.”
I don’t thinks it’s all that unusual at this time of year when most players are on the golf course or fishing rather than on the ice.

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Por (LightningDogg) on July 22, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Last year Marty, Stammer and Smitty were among the few bright spots. I know he can be a top goalie with a decent chance. As for mistaking agressiveness for lack of patience, maturity & hockey sense…. we’ll have to see what happens if Smitty doesn’t have to depend on the front line to come back and get the puck out of the defensive zone and the D-men actually know how to play defense!? I know that’s a lot to hope for, but after last year I only have hope, and not a lot of confidence.

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