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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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It would be great for LA to get rid of the senior citizens and move to a more balanced team with the young guys and strong leaders. Smyth, Stoll and Williams have not been shown the leadership they have needed.

Posted by timbits on 06/22/11 at 06:32 PM ET

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Smyth is to edmonton what linden is to vancouver.  That being said, it only makes any sense, if the oilers expect not to be competitive and plan to hang around the bottom of the salary cap while they rebuild.  If that is the case, then even though smyth is only getting paid 4 and some change , his cap hit is about 2 milion higher.  This helps them reach the floor while saving a few million bucks.

Other than his leadership intangibles and the good influence he would bring to their young prospects, im not sure if that justifies bringing him back.  If anything, im pretty sure he wouldn’t cost that much to take back.  I think la wants to get rid of his salary and make a run at Richards, so they probably won’t ask for much if anything.

Posted by Luongo-is-my-hero on 06/22/11 at 06:48 PM ET

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That being said, it only makes any sense, if the oilers expect not to be competitive and plan to hang around the bottom of the salary cap while they rebuild.  If that is the case, then even though smyth is only getting paid 4 and some change , his cap hit is about 2 milion higher.  This helps them reach the floor while saving a few million bucks.

Some of the Oilers fans think that is exactly what the current ownership has in mind. Keep piling up lottery picks, convince the city to pay for a new arena, and then actually try to win.

In that case they need SOMETHING for the fans to cheer for, other than youngsters getting pummeled by better teams while they learn on the fly and finish close to the bottom yet again. If they aren’t going to actually bother trying to win games because that would negatively affect their draft position, they may as well bring back a sentimental favorite who isn’t going to make enough of an impact to affect the standings too much, but will help prevent the kids from getting killed.

Posted by Baroque from Michigan on 06/23/11 at 05:39 AM ET

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