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by Alanah McGinley on 06/24/11 at 04:25 PM ET
Los Angeles Kings forward Ryan Smyth could be returning to Alberta, but not with the Edmonton Oilers.
According to TSN’s Gord Miller, the Calgary Flames are closing in on a deal for Smyth, who would have to waive his no-trade. The Flames would send a late round pick back to Los Angeles.
Smyth is in the final year of a contract that will pay him $4.5 million this season, although the cap hit is $6.25 million.
Yesterday, Eric Duhatscheck at the Globe & Mail quoted Kings GM Dean Lombardi on the topic of Smyth:
Lombardi confirmed he had primarily dealt with three teams, and “particularly two right now.”
“I’m not in a great position here,” continued Lombardi. “I’m trying to adapt. I’ve talked to one team a number of times and they’ve been very forthright in terms of trying to get a deal together - and I hope to have that wrapped up here in a day or two.”
Update 2:40pm: At the same TSN link above, Miller reports this deal is already done, “pending ownership approval.”
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