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Smyth Officially An Oiler

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have acquired forward Colin Fraser and a seventh-round draft choice in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for left wing Ryan Smyth, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today. 

Fraser, 26, played in 67 games this past season with the Oilers.  He recorded five points (3-2=5) and 60 penalty minutes.  It was his first season in Edmonton after spending the previous four campaigns with Chicago, including the 2009-10 season when the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup and Fraser recorded career-highs in goals (seven), assists (12) and points (19). 

A 6-1, 193-pound native of Sicamous, British Columbia, Fraser has played in 224 career NHL regular season games.  He has 41 points (16-25=41) and 168 penalty minutes.  He has also played in five career NHL postseason contests.  He was originally selected by Philadelphia in the third-round (69th overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft

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A reasonable conclusion to this situation. Kings dump salary and get a little less geriatric at the same time. Now if they can move Williams and Stoll and pick up some offense along the way they will move from their current dysfunction and get rid of the Hollywood syndrome.  Hopefully they will get away from the Gretzky era once and for all by not dealing with the Oilers, by establishing their own identity and culture that is not some hand me down from Edmonton.

Posted by timbits on 06/26/11 at 02:36 PM ET

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Timbits, Williams was great last year an was able to hold off his annual injury til very late in the season. Why should they try to get rid of him?

Posted by NHLJeff from Pens fan in Chicago, IL on 06/26/11 at 04:27 PM ET

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Timbits, Williams was great last year an was able to hold off his annual injury til very late in the season. Why should they try to get rid of him?

I agree his stats were much better last year coming off injury.  The issue as I have seen in watching a lot of LA games is that the second line with the three old timers lacks any real chemistry or energy for long stretches. Williams has a history of terrible turnovers that kills the team in critical situations. So my criticism has to do with the culture of the team being caught between guys on their second wind and young players that need to learn to win. I think they are in danger of losing Brown and Kopitar to second tier status unless things change drastically.

Posted by timbits on 06/26/11 at 05:47 PM ET

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Welcome home, Ryan Smyth. Edmonton missed you. smile

Posted by Baroque from Michigan on 06/26/11 at 09:09 PM ET

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