Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 12/21/09 at 04:37 PM ET
from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,
Ryan Smyth didn’t waive his no-trade clause to go to Pittsburgh or Chicago or Detroit for a playoff run. No, he waived it over the summer to go to the Los Angeles Kings, a team that hasn’t seen the postseason since Jason Allison, Ziggy Palffy and Adam Deadmarsh formed their top line in 2001-02.
So, no, you can’t accuse Smyth of chasing the Stanley Cup like a veteran on a mission to fulfill his dream before it’s too late.
Then again, could that be precisely what “Captain Canada” is doing in Los Angeles?
“I do really believe there is something special about the Kings,” Smyth told NHL.com. “You mention the (Drew) Doughtys and the (Anze) Kopitars—these types of players—they’re so young, but they’re so good. To be a part of it is awesome.”
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