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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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shazam88's avatar

Wow! That’s a bit of a shocker. Wonder what his gripe was…  Good guy and he still has hockey smarts, but he was slower than molasses the second half of the season. Definitely makes the offseason a little more interesting.

Posted by shazam88 from SoCal on 06/20/11 at 06:10 PM ET

Baroque's avatar

Wouldn’t he have been the leading scorer on Edmonton last year?

I hope a trade can be worked out. Smyth never should have been jettisoned from Edmonton in the first place, and the perfect thing for a team of baby hockey players is a veteran with a good work ethic and enough patience to help them learn to be better. It would be a fine addition to Edmonton to help their youngsters grow.

Posted by Baroque from Michigan on 06/20/11 at 08:29 PM ET

shazam88's avatar

Yep, he’d have been their leading scorer, given the fact that Hemsky as well as Hall, Eberle and Gagner were all injured for significant portions of the season. I can see him ending up in Edmonton if the Kings buyout his but I’d be a little surprised if a trade was worked out for him, given his $6.25M salary.

Posted by shazam88 from SoCal on 06/20/11 at 08:34 PM ET

Paul's avatar

via Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

“Holy cow … that’s the first I’ve heard of that,” Smyth said in an interview.

“I have not asked for a trade. I have a year left on my contract. We’ve got some good things here,” said Smyth, who wouldn’t rule out a return here in the summer of 2012 as an unrestricted free-agent, but that’s if the Oilers wanted him. And it might only be a two-year deal for, say, $3.5 million per season.

“I guess we would cross that bridge then,” said the 35-year-old left winger, who played 770 Oiler games before he was traded to the New York Islanders in a teary goodbye in 2007.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 06/20/11 at 09:32 PM ET

shazam88's avatar

^^ McKenzie is sticking with his account of things: “For the record,  I stand by my story 100 per cent. Totally accurate in every regard. Not much else I can say beyond that. Speaks for itself.”

Also, both McKenzie and Rich Hammond (definitely not a rumormonger) have noted that Lombardi has apparently talked with the Oilers. My guess is that the initial story was exaggerated in tone, but something is going on behind the scenes and Smyth’s protests are a defensive move in case he doesn’t get moved.

Posted by shazam88 from SoCal on 06/21/11 at 12:44 AM ET

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