Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 11/22/06 at 11:00 AM ET
It's no secret that Smyth, who was drafted by the team in 1994 and is the longest-serving Oiler, loves the city, and the relationship is mutual. His parents can also see him play most home games, so there's a family pull in play here. But Smyth said on Tuesday he won't be taking a hometown discount to stay. "I'm no pushover," said Smyth. "I have been for many years, and I believe this is the time to make a statement for myself and my family. "It's more the principle." Sounds like Smyth wants to test the open market. He hoped to have a deal done before the season started, but the two sides were too far apart. Now they have to get more serious.read on
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