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07:22 AM ET 07.16 | Coming off a Stanley Cup appearance, Boston is going to make a very significant change in a very significant department: The Bruins have let go of longtime director of amateur scouting, Wayne Smith. It seems rather odd, given that [Peter Chiarelli] admits that Smith is his good friend and is a very good scout. ... Changes such as this one are rarely made unless there is a good reason, though. Word among people in the scouting community is that Smith, who has a long history of scouting both in the Ontario League and the NHL, is a very good evaluator of talent and a hard worker, but is more suited to be a regional scout than someone running a scouting department. ... Smith is a pure hockey man, perhaps a little rough around the edges, but did a very good job.

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July 16, 2013  08:17 AM ET

Come to work for Jim Nill, Bro.

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July 16, 2013  08:57 AM ET

"is a very good evaluator of talent and a hard worker, but is more suited to be a regional scout than someone running a scouting department."

Interesting...then why not let him stay in in another capacity?

July 16, 2013  09:00 AM ET

Bruin's drafts have been somewhat poor in the last 5 years. The big name players on this team were drafted prior to the new managment team

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July 16, 2013  09:35 AM ET

Boston's odd offseason firing

I read the headline and thought, oh good, they're finally going to jettison certain fans.

July 16, 2013  09:43 AM ET
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Boston's odd offseason firing

Maybe there will be another one to even things up?

July 16, 2013  09:44 AM ET
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Maybe there will be another one to even things up?

Typical accountant talk. ;-)

July 16, 2013  10:04 AM ET
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*ahem* Leiweke? Get goin bud.

A little too rough around the edges for the most valued team in the NHL.

July 16, 2013  10:17 AM ET
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A little too rough around the edges for the most valued team in the NHL.

Ewwwwww, the sarcasm dripped all over my keyboard.

July 16, 2013  10:26 AM ET
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Ewwwwww, the sarcasm dripped all over my keyboard.

Switch keyboards with Danny.

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July 16, 2013  10:39 AM ET
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Bruin's drafts have been somewhat poor in the last 5 years. The big name players on this team were drafted prior to the new managment team

I know, right. And it has lead directly to them not only reaching the finals but winning a Cup.

July 16, 2013  11:31 AM ET
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"is a very good evaluator of talent and a hard worker, but is more suited to be a regional scout than someone running a scouting department."Interesting...then why not let him stay in in another capacity?

The illustrious "Hawk" Owner is known to be a tad tight fisted

July 16, 2013  11:32 AM ET
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The illustrious "Hawk" Owner is known to be fisted

fixed

July 16, 2013  11:35 AM ET
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Come to work for Jim Nill, Bro.

Think you'll like Jim, Otis, the Detroit papers used to compliment him. Stays in the background.

July 16, 2013  11:37 AM ET
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Ewwwwww, the sarcasm dripped all over my keyboard.

Sarcasm, sure it is:-)

July 16, 2013  12:37 PM ET
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Think you'll like Jim, Otis, the Detroit papers used to compliment him. Stays in the background.

The Stars got a good one in Nill. Very highly respected throughtout the NHL.
Yzerman is gone now Nill it will be interesting to see who Holland is grooming to be the next GM of another team and that is meant as a compliment to Holland

 
July 16, 2013  12:46 PM ET
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Bruin's drafts have been somewhat poor in the last 5 years. The big name players on this team were drafted prior to the new managment team

I don't really agree with that...they've made some good picks in Subban, Hamilton, Seguin, Knight...not necessarily great, but poor is not correct.
Some of those picks are players other teams were looking at in deals...

As they never know for certain how a player is going to turn out, they have to take the best available.

When a team ignores what they should pick, make a bizarre selection, and that player doesn't outperform the one they should have taken...that is a poor draft pick.

The Habs are one team that have made some real poor draft picks...Wickenheiser over Denis Savard being the worst.

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