Craig Smith, Boston Bruins
This one stung more than any other loss over the offseason. Craig Smith was a lifelong Predator that was originally drafted by the team in 2009.
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Smith has appeared in six games for the Bruins so far this season and has two goals and two assists. Both of his goals were game-winners, and he’s playing for a viable Stanley Cup contending team.
I really thought the Predators should’ve figured out a way to retain Smith. The Predators are lacking offensive firepower right now, and Smith would be providing that right now.
Smith’s deal of $9.3M over three years was viewed by many as a free agent steal for the Bruins. I really can’t understand why the Predators didn’t try harder to make a deal with a player that probably wanted to stay in Nashville.
I expect Smith to put up around 30 to 40 points this season if he’s able to play in the majority of the games.