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Ryan Smyth to Edmonton Not Sensible

From Lyle Richardson at The Hockey News:

TSN’s Bob McKenzie broke the story on Monday evening, citing a source who claimed Smyth had told Kings management he’d prefer to return to the Oilers if a trade could be worked out.

McKenzie noted no deal was in place and it would be difficult to move Smyth, given his current contract, which will pay him $4.5 million next season, but comes with a cap hit of $6.25 million. McKenzie also suggested Oilers management would be lukewarm to the prospect of bringing back Smyth, though he would be a good mentor to the young players on the team.

Smyth subsequently denied he was seeking a trade, telling the Edmonton Journal he had no idea where this was coming from, but the Los Angeles Times and LAKingsInsider.com cited sources confirming McKenzie’s report.

Whether or not Smyth requested a trade, it doesn’t make sense for the Oilers to acquire him when he’s still carrying a hefty cap hit, let alone the assets they’d have to part with to land him.

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For more on Smyth’s future, an article from John MacKinnon at the Edmonton Journal

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Report- Smyth Would Like To Return To Edmonton

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

Could Ryan Smyth be returning to the Edmonton Oilers in order to finish his career with the team that selected him in the first round of the 1994 entry draft?

A deal certainly isn’t imminent and won’t necessarily be an easy transaction for either the Los Angeles Kings or Oilers to close, but sources tell TSN the 35-year-old left winger has indicated to the Kings his preference would be to play next season in Edmonton if a trade can be worked out.


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Are The Oilers Planning To Buy Out Souray?

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

Sheldon Souray’s agent Paul Theofanous says he has yet to hear from the Edmonton Oilers on whether they plan to buy out the last year of his client’s contract and salary-cap hit with the buyout window opening next Wednesday. But it’s likely coming.

If the New York Rangers are buying out their injury-riddled captain Chris Drury at two-thirds of his $5-million US salary (two thirds of his $7.05 million cap hit), the Oilers can likely do the same with Souray, who spent all of last season on loan to the Hershey Bears, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Washington Capitals.

June 15 kicks off a two-week period when NHL teams can partially extricate themselves from contracts they don’t like. In Souray’s case, it’s two-thirds over his $4.5 million salary and two-thirds of his $5.4 million cap hit for this upcoming season.


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Morning Line

I’m ever so grateful. I’ve decided that I want to be Gilbert Brule.

-Bono of U2.  Why? read on...

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Edmonton and the Oilers Agree to a 35-Year Arena Deal… Pending Someone Finding $100 Million

From the Canadian Press at TSN:

Edmonton city council has approved an agreement framework with the Katz Group to build a new downtown arena.

The city says the deal will keep the Edmonton Oilers of the NHL in the city for 35 years.

The arena will cost $450 million, with the city providing $125 million, the Katz Group paying $100 million and $125 million coming from a user-paid facility fee.

The city notes in a news release that it is not a final or binding agreement and both parties must now work to secure the remaining $100 million required.


Update 2:20am ET: More on the deal from the Edmonton Sun.

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Would the Oilers Leave Edmonton?

From David Staples at the Edmonton Journal:

This issue is alive because the Oilers will be restricted free agents in 2014, able to move on if the city and the Oilers aren’t effectively working together to keep the team here. For the NHL and the Oilers, that means a new downtown arena must be built here with some amount of public subsidy from the city and the provincial government.

Oilers owner Daryl Katz made just such an implied threat last July, when he said the Oilers would not be playing in Rexall Place after 2014.

In a recent radio commentary — which aired after city council laid down its conditions for negotiations on a new arena — Oilers employee and broadcaster Bob Stauffer, who has far closer contact to Katz than anyone in the news media, made it clear on his Team 1260 radio show that the Katz Group wasn’t happy with the city’s bargaining position.


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Steve Smith Recalls Own-Goal

From Steve MacFarlane via the Edmonton Sun:

Steve Smith was watching an NHL playoff game with his youngest daughter when, out of the blue, she posed a question that reminded the former Edmonton Oilers defenceman of a call he promised he’d make. 

One that undoubtedly would involve the same topic.

But first, his 10-year-old Zoe was doing the asking.

“She said, ‘Daddy, did you ever put the puck in the other net, like, by accident?’” Smith told the Sun over the phone from his off-season home in Chicago, almost 25 years after he did exactly that in a Battle of Alberta playoff series between his Oilers and the Calgary Flames.

“I said, ‘Yep, I did, actually.’

“She goes, ‘Did they count it? It shouldn’t count.’

“I was just laughing.”


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Clutterbuck Boarding Peckham

From the Minnesota/Edmonton game, Cal Clutterbuck boarding Theo Peckham. Clutterbuck got a 5 minute boarding, and both players earned 10 minute misconducts.



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Oilers Owner Suggest Bettman Get Involved In New Arena Talk

from Gary Lamphier of the Edmonton Journal,

The Oilers owner’s latest PR gaffe -a letter to Mayor Stephen Mandel, indicating that Katz is not yet willing to back a ticket tax to help fund the project -is bizarre.

As my colleague Paula Simons wrote in The Journal’s Edmonton Commons blog Monday, it’s a little late in the day for Katz to pour cold water on the ticket tax idea, which has been kicked around for months.

Without it, the funding model for the $450-million arena project has more holes in it than a brick of Swiss cheese.

But Katz’s suggestion to Mandel that NHL commish Gary Bettman could play a role in the arena talks raises the weirdness quotient to a whole new level. Unless the NHL’s chief salesman and spinmeister comes to Edmonton bearing a big bag of cash, it’s hard to see what he brings to the table.

Whether the downtown arena proceeds or not, this is a decision for Edmonton’s taxpayers and city council, not a New York lawyer paid to plump for club owners.


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Wild Plans & Langkow Forced To Watch

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

The rumblings have started in Minnesota that Todd Richards won’t survive as coach in part because of the unrest with the fan-base and owner Craig Leipold’s unhappiness with a payroll that’s at the cap ceiling. Richards has done yeoman work with a middling offensive squad and was done in when captain Mikko Koivu broke his finger, but he might take the fall. Craig MacTavish, biding his chance for another head coaching shot, was in the running for that job once before. You can bet Ken Hitchcock’s name will be mentioned, too, but it’s pretty fluid. What if Bruce Boudreau (Washington Capitals) or Claude Julien (Boston Bruins) don’t survive and they’re available?

continue for numerous NHL pionts…

Also from Matheson,

To see Calgary Flames forward Daymond Langkow skating hard and firing pucks in practice Saturday morning was a heart-warming sight, 370 days after he broke his neck.

But his will can’t trump his salary, so Langkow was a spectator against the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place.

Langkow has defied long odds to return after an Ian White shot smashed into the back of his neck in Minnesota on March 21, 2010, but the Flames are at the NHL’s salary-cap ceiling and can’t afford to put Langkow, who has played 1,013 league games, in their lineup.


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