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Report- Rangers, Ryan Smyth Have Mutual Interest

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

If Rangers general manager Glen Sather is interested in reuniting with Ryan Smyth by acquiring Edmonton’s veteran left wing to bolster the attack, the feeling may well be a reciprocal one, The Post has learned.

A well-placed source told The Post that Smyth, who was drafted sixth overall in 1994 by Sather and then played the first five years under his direction while he was general manager of the Oilers, would give serious consideration to waiving his no-move clause in order to pursue a Cup on Broadway.

The Eastern Conference-leading Rangers, who have scored 17 goals in their last nine games and have been limited to two goals or fewer in 20 of their 49 matches, are seeking to add both scoring punch and a defenseman in advance of the Feb. 27 trade deadline.

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Grizzled veteran with great net presence and a knack for scoring goals off sheer determination. Though his age could be a factor, his drive and in-game approach would mesh well with the hard-nosed Rangers’ philosophy.

Posted by BlueshirtsBrotherhood from New York, NY on 02/03/12 at 12:40 PM ET

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Don’t know how much gas is left in the tank from an offensive production standpoint, as I don’t think he’s a true top 6 forward anymore, but Smyth would bring some jam and, more importantly, some playoff experience (93 playoff games played, including a run to the finals) to a team that lacks it up front.

Posted by Chris on 02/03/12 at 12:40 PM ET

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For a guy with questions surrounding what’s left in his tank, he’s still on pace for 25 goals and 50-something points despite being on the wrong side of 35 and playing for one of the worst teams in the NHL.

Posted by BlueshirtsBrotherhood from New York, NY on 02/03/12 at 01:44 PM ET

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I don’t think that there’s much question he would be a huge help.  But how are they gonna absorb that salary, exactly?

Posted by tuxedoTshirt from the Home of the 1937 World Champions on 02/03/12 at 02:42 PM ET

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The salary is pro-rated, as he’s a pending UFA. He had a $6.25M cap charge to start the season, but as the days of it come to a close, an acquiring team would be responsible for less and less. As it stands at the moment, the Rangers have approximately $3.4M in available space, with an expected $5.4M available at the deadline, and that’s not factoring in the opportunity to move Wolski before then, which would free up another considerable amount of cap room as he started the year counting for $3.8M against the cap.

Posted by BlueshirtsBrotherhood from New York, NY on 02/03/12 at 02:51 PM ET

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Thanks. 
Anyway, the salary is pro-rated, but so is the cap.  It still counts like normal.  The 5.4mil is projected LTIR credits so, unless someone returns right away (Sauer?) they will have to make a little move.  But that’s all.  I had forgotten that they have a big cushion from Staal being out.

Posted by tuxedoTshirt from the Home of the 1937 World Champions on 02/03/12 at 05:40 PM ET

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Correct, but a minor move could be as simple as waiving and demoting Wolski ($3.8M) provided they can’t find a suitor.

Then again, this could all be for naught considering Smyth’s statement just released on all this:

@SUN_TYCHKOWSKI:

“I’ve moved four times in the last five years. I came (to Edmonton) for a reason.” - Ryan Smyth, saying he’s not interested in the Rangers

Posted by BlueshirtsBrotherhood from New York, NY on 02/03/12 at 06:00 PM ET

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NOOOOOOoooooo ..we don’t need no more stinkin’ 6 million dollar men. Will they never learn?.

Posted by Billrabatin from brookhaven,n.y. on 02/03/12 at 06:29 PM ET

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Grizzled veteran with great net presence and a knack for scoring goals off sheer determination. Though his age could be a factor

If you saw him with LA, the only presence he provided was over the hill.

Posted by timbits on 02/03/12 at 11:48 PM ET

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If you see him in Edmonton, he’s going to be end up with 25g and 53p in a mostly 3rd/4th line role.

Posted by Garth on 02/04/12 at 12:51 AM ET

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If you see him in Edmonton, he’s going to be end up with 25g and 53p in a mostly 3rd/4th line role.

So which guy shows up in NY?  My guess is it is more likely to be the LA Smyth than the Edmonton one. He appears to be only motivated by his cult status in the Alberta Capital.

Posted by timbits on 02/04/12 at 01:03 AM ET

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He appears to be only motivated by his cult status in the Alberta Capital

Neither the motivation nor the cult status should be underestimated.  He plays like someone has a gun to his head, and its the best thing that’s happened to the losing culture of EDM - so I don’t see him moving.
Though I agree, when he was in LA I was always happy to see him out on the PP against my Nucks.

Posted by tuxedoTshirt from the Home of the 1937 World Champions on 02/04/12 at 03:31 AM ET

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