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Ryan talks about his decision to waive his NMC and a few other topice with Rich Hammond of Inside the Kings,
Question: You talked about some of the discussion with your family. What were some of the factors you weighed?
SMYTH: “Obviously we have a beautiful home in Colorado, so we had to weigh the factors of all that stuff, and moving. Then you look at the hockey front. (The Avalanche) came to me and said they wanted to rebuild, and money was an issue, and obviously that goes hand in hand with my issue and my contract. It was mutual at the end of the day, and I have nothing but great things to say about Colorado.’‘
Question: Playing in Colorado, you’ve had a chance to get a decent look at the Kings. What are your impressions?
SMYTH: “Watching these young kids play, and to see the energy and excitement and the direction the organization is going in, there’s nothing but upside. I’m honored to be a part of it and I hope I can contribute a lot.’‘
The Colorado Avalanche have traded Ryan Smyth to the Los Angeles Kings.
The 33-year old posted 26 goals and 33 assists in 77 games last season.
Smyth spent most of the first 12 seasons of his career with the Oilers, but after failing to reach a contract agreement, was dealt to the New York Islanders at the trade deadline in 2007.
In that off-season he signed a five-year, $31.25 million deal with the Avalanche.
added 11:25pm, via Darren Dreger’s Twitter,
Ryan Smyth to Los Angeles for D Kyle Quincey, D Tom Priessing and a 5th round pick
DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that it has acquired defensemen Kyle Quincey and Tom Preissing, along with a fifth round pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for forward Ryan Smyth. The trade is conditional upon the players passing a physical.
“We are pleased to be adding two quality NHL defensemen,” said Avalanche General Manager Greg Sherman. “Kyle and Tom are both versatile players who can contribute at both ends. They will add defensive depth to our lineup.”
added 7/04/09 12:05am, via Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,
By the way, there has been a report that Alex Tanguay will re-sign with the Avalanche to replace Smyth. That will NOT happen. Tanguay is not coming back to the Avalanche, period.
My sources tell me Tanguay could be signing with the Phoenix Coyotes. But that is not a done deal at this point.
from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,
It used to be everybody wanted to come to Denver to play for the Avalanche. Not so, anymore, as a last-place finish and a much tighter payroll have taken some of the luster off Colorado as an NHL destination.
To Craig Anderson, however, the Avalanche might as well still be considered Shangri-La.
Spurning offers from several other teams, Anderson signed a two-year, $3.6 million free-agent contract with the Avs on Wednesday and is expected to be the team’s No. 1 goalie this coming season.
“It’s a dream come true,” Anderson said. “It was the place I wanted to be, a city I’ve always loved. I think it’s a great opportunity for me, and I want to be part of the solution bringing the team back.”
According to the TSN tracker, David Koci has now signed with the Colorado Avalanche for 1 year, 575K.
From Adrian Dater at the Denver Post’s All Things Avs:
Just heard from a source that the Avs have signed Craig Anderson to a 2-year deal. I’ll confirm soon whether that’s fact or not.
More here later.
Update 1:43pm ET: Dater confirms deal is done.
Update 2:22pm ET: Press release from the Avalanche—
DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that it has signed free agent goaltender Craig Anderson to a two-year contract through the 2010-11 season.
“In Craig we feel we have addressed a very important need within our organization,” said Avalanche General Manager Greg Sherman. “His overall performance last year was very impressive and he is entering the prime years of his career.”
from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,
My money is on Marty Biron or Ty Conklin being the next Avs’ starting goalie, with Boods as the backup.
There was a report in the Ottawa Sun today, too, saying Sakic will play one more year. The paper has a one in two chance of being right, but I have not heard that as a fact from my people, so we’ll keep waiting to see.
read on for some ‘Monster’ talk…
from Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post,
It’s time to say goodbye, Joe Sakic.
This town isn’t big enough for you and Matt Duchene, an 18-year-old wunderkind the Avalanche desperately needs to be the fresh, new face of an NHL franchise whose golden reputation has turned old and gray.
When a boy who grew up idolizing a framed Sakic jersey is old enough to be counted on to save the local pro hockey team, that can be regarded as a sign it’s time for Captain Joe to go….
New Avalanche general manager Greg Sherman said he has met with Sakic and has been informed by the greatest player in team history that the decision on his future has been made, but an announcement must wait until later in the summer.
OK, we can all live with those conditions. No hurry. Sakic should be allowed to say goodbye on his own terms.
After 20 NHL seasons of service to a single hockey franchise, the Avalanche cannot really afford to have Sakic hang around any longer.
from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,
Joe Sakic has made up his mind what he’ll do next season. But whether the Avalanche captain has decided to retire or play a 21st NHL season remains a mystery.
Avs general manager Greg Sherman said Friday night he met with Sakic recently in Denver and received word from him what his plans are. But Sherman would not say what they are, and said it could be a week or more before a public announcement is made.
The team said Sakic, who turns 40 on July 7, is going on a family vacation, and nothing will be announced until at least after he returns.
“He made his intentions clear, and in the coming weeks it will be addressed,” Sherman said.
DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today the appointment of Steve Konowalchuk as assistant coach. In addition, the club announced that Adam Deadmarsh will serve as the team’s video/development coach.
The former Avalanche players join a coaching staff that includes head coach Joe Sacco and assistant coach Sylvain Lefebvre.
“We’re very excited to add Steve and Adam to our staff,” said Avalanche General Manager Greg Sherman. “Both have a level of familiarity with the Avalanche organization, and we’re confident they will provide our club with the same passion and commitment they showed as players.”
from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,
Adam Deadmarsh could soon be coming back to the Avalanche.
His playing days are over, but Deadmarsh has interviewed for a management position with the Avs organization, the team confirmed Wednesday.
Avs vice president Jean Martineau said that while Deadmarsh is not up for the team’s vacant second assistant coaching position, he has interviewed for another management job and is being strongly considered.
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