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Ryan Smyth Would Like To Get Involved With The Edmonton Oilers

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

Ryan Smyth, who bled Edmonton Oilers orange and blue for close to 1,000 games before retiring as a player, is keen to get back to hockey.

After taking a season to decompress and spend time with his family following his final game in the spring of 2014, Smyth said Monday he’s interested in reconnecting with the Oilers.

“I would like to sit down with (Oilers Entertainment Group chief executive officer) Bob Nicholson and see what they’re thinking,” Smyth said. I want to be involved in hockey but I don’t know in what capacity.”

The Oilers aren’t commenting, but there are options they could consider in the short term.

Having the heart-and-soul Smyth at Oilers’ training camp as, say, a guest instructor could help the young forwards learn about getting position in front of the net and along the boards — an area that’s been lacking.

The Oilers also have to increase their team battle level, which was always Smyth’s best trait through 970 games as an Oiler, as well as his stops on Long Island, Colorado and with the Los Angeles Kings.

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Ryan Smyth Trying To Keep Busy

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

With National Hockey League training camps three weeks away from starting, this is the first time in his life he didn’t spend his summer getting ready for hockey.

He says there are no withdrawal pains now, but come Oct. 9 when the Calgary Flames are here for the Oilers home opener, maybe they’ll kick in.

For now, he’ll be as far away from the rink as possible. He’ll be a National Football League and a baseball fan.

“I’m heading to Seattle this weekend to watch the Green Bay Packers,” said Smyth.

“Then I’m going to New York to see Derek Jeter close in on his final games.

“These are not things I’d be doing if I was going to camp. Trying to keep busy.”

He has seen the inside of a gym since hanging up his skates four and a half months ago. He hasn’t turned into a sloth.

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Matheson handicaps awards races, says Oilers should retire #94, Jets should trade Kane

The Edmonton Journal's Jim Matheson kicked off his last regular-season slate of Hockey World columns with individual awards picks, and his pick for the Vezina Trophy is a surprising one:

Vezina Trophy (top goalie)

1. Semyon Varlamov, Colorado.

2. Tuukka Rask, Boston

3. Ben Bishop, Tampa Bay

Had off-ice issues this year which weighed on him but very consistent work. Rask is best Finnish goalie right now, and they’ve got a full stable of good ones around the NHL. Bishop, nursing sore wrist as playoffs loom, is a six-foot-seven giant and a workhorse.

Matheson continues, making a plea to the Oilers to retire Ryan Smyth's number...

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Video- Ryan Smyth Leaves The Ice In Edmonton

Ryan Smyth's final game ended with an Edmonton 5-2 win over Vancouver.

 

 

added 9:29am, Below, watch Ryan Smyth on HNIC After Hours segment last night...

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Ryan Smyth Expected To Announce His Retirement Today

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

It is expected Smyth will announce his impending retirement at an early afternoon press conference.

Asked if he knew what Smyth’s plans were, coach Dallas Eakins responded that he, indeed, did.

“I do,” he said simply.

Asked to expand on that, Eakins did.

“I think Ryan Smyth, with his stature and where he’s at in his career, has earned the right to let us know whether he’s going to play next year or not on his terms. It is not for me to let you guys know what I know. I have way to much respect for that young man to do that.”

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Where Does Ryan Smyth Fit In Edmonton?

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

As we survey the crowded UFA landscape, less than a month from training camps opening, and see warriors like Brenden Morrow and Dan Cleary out of work,  Ryan Smyth, who has the same engine as both of those UFA’s, but is considerably more evergreen at 37, must consider himself lucky to  have a contract at $2.25 million for this upcoming Edmonton Oilers’ season.

The question is how much work Smyth will get this season, as he closes in on 1200 career NHL games.

Third-line? Fourth? Eighty-two games, 70, 60, 50 games? Will he be a regular or in and out of the lineup? At his exit meeting last spring, was he told to prepare for life as a mentor as much as a contributor, as the oldest Oiler? Or will it be business as usual for Smyth, who played all but one game in the lockout season? Likely depends on how much contributing he does statistically, apart from what he can surely impart as a teacher.

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Keeping An Eye On Iginla And Smyth

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

They are the same guy, in so many ways.

Jarome Iginla and Ryan Smyth. A northern Alberta kid who captains the Calgary Flames; a Southern Alberta kid playing most of a 1,200-game career with the Edmonton Oilers.

One, the face of the Flames franchise and favourite son of owner Murray Edwards. Another, whose flowing mullet and oversized beak are routinely seen on internet photo shops of Jesus, in a flowing white robe under shining light.

Both would die happy men if they could bring a Stanley Cup to their city. Both took it to a Game 7, but came away with nothing.

Today, at age 35 and 36 respectively, Iginla and Smyth are feeling the identical heat where it hurts the most. At home.

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Smyth Staying In Edmonton

via Darren Dreger tweet,

Ryan Smyth agrees to 2 year deal with Oilers. $2.25 per year.

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Report- Rangers, Ryan Smyth Have Mutual Interest

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

If Rangers general manager Glen Sather is interested in reuniting with Ryan Smyth by acquiring Edmonton’s veteran left wing to bolster the attack, the feeling may well be a reciprocal one, The Post has learned.

A well-placed source told The Post that Smyth, who was drafted sixth overall in 1994 by Sather and then played the first five years under his direction while he was general manager of the Oilers, would give serious consideration to waiving his no-move clause in order to pursue a Cup on Broadway.

The Eastern Conference-leading Rangers, who have scored 17 goals in their last nine games and have been limited to two goals or fewer in 20 of their 49 matches, are seeking to add both scoring punch and a defenseman in advance of the Feb. 27 trade deadline.

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Ryan Smyth With Five For An Elbow And A Game

Does he get any more punishment for this elbow on Chris Kunitz?

All I know, Smyth almost cost his team at least a point.  The Oilers had tied the game midway in the third penalty, then Smyth takes this major which put the Penguins on the PP for the rest of the 3rd and about 30 seconds into OT.

The Oilers hung-on and won the game in the shootout.

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Nowhere to Go But Up

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With NHL training camps just around the corner, hopes are high and everyone looks to their crystal and magic 8 balls to make their predictions for the coming season. Fans, media and players alike have ideas on what to expect. If there is any point in the season to be full of hope and optimism, surely that time is now. After all, the team hasn’t lost any games, no one has been a healthy scratch, and the IR list should be blank.*
*darn you Ryan Whitney!

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Fraser Feud

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It has been common to just use the word gate behind any misunderstanding or wrongdoing. In this case, I don’t believe that the Oilers set out to pull the wool over the heads of the Kings. So, I hereby propose this subject be called the Fraser Feud.

I was in St. Paul at the NHL entry draft amidst all of the Ryan Smyth trade talk, and everyone was excited about it, no matter what team they were there representing or covering. TSN cameramen were telling me how wonderful they felt the move would be for Edmonton. The heart of the matter seemed to be at what cost.

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Home Again

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

First and foremost, it’s a love story. It always was with Ryan Smyth.

“I didn’t ever want to leave in the first place,” said the repatriated Edmonton Oiler.

“I feel like Edmonton is home.”

Finally it became official Sunday. Captain Canada is coming home.

“We wanted to come back to Canada. Our kids are starting out in school. Two of our three kids were born in Edmonton.”

That’s it. No seriously ill parents or grandparents. The end of the big homesick.

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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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Ryan Smyth Rumors Continue—Updates

From TSN:

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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Ryan Smyth May Be Getting Closer To Edmonton

via Bob McKenzie tweet,

It is not done but CGY is working to acquire Ryan Smyth. Smyth has final say with his NTC but it may be as close as he gets to EDM.

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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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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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Ryan Smyth Ties The Game, Uh, No He Doesn’t

With 3 seconds to go in the game, it appeared Smyth tipped in the shot from the point but the referee ruled no goal, stick was above the crossbar.

I believe this is one of those instances where the on-ice officials had the best view of the play and not the review room in Toronto.  If the ref had called it a good goal, I can see it standing too, since all the replays did not show enough to over rule the call on the ice.

added 9:38am, Senators broadcast of the non-goal is below…

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Ryan Smyth Plays With Net Presence

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

The area behind the net was Wayne Gretzky’s office, but the combat zone in front of opposing goaltenders has long been Smyth’s home. The Kings left wing routinely absorbs slashes across the hands and whacks on his back while chasing rebounds and deflections, and every scar is a badge of honor.

“That’s the way I’ve made a living. The puck’s got to end up toward the net so you might as well get your body there too,” he said. “And sometimes you have to pay a price. And in this case, I have over the years.”

After so many payments he’s approaching a great reward. Smyth will play the 999th game of his NHL career Thursday, and if all goes well, on Saturday will become the 256th NHL player to reach the 1,000-game milestone.

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JJ’s Three Cheers: 10/13/10

Today’s three cheers (despite slim pickins, what with only two games last night and all) recognizing those who deserve a nip for their performances of a night ago:

***Cheers to Detroit’s Johan Franzen, who opened the scoring in last night’s renewal of the Avalanche/Red Wings rivalry and later notched a second goal, as the Wings earned a point in the standings, despite blowing a two-goal lead, in falling to the Avs in a shootout. Franzen now has three goals and four points on the young season for Detroit (2-0-1).

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Ryan Smyth Out Of World Championship With Fractured Ankle

via a Chris Johnston tweet,

Ryan Smyth says he has a fractured ankle. He’s heading back to Los Angeles on Wednesday.

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Save Of The Night

Roberto Luongo robs Ryan Smyth.

Watch a different angle below…

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Are You Buying Smyth’s Story?

Looked like Ryan Smyth got his bell rung didn’t it?

Watch the video…

But no…

via Ben Kuzma of The White Towel,

“My leg went numb,” Smyth said before Game 4 Wednesday. “I had a quick pinch in my nerve or something and numbness and I couldn’t feel my legs. But I feel fine.”

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Kings Power Play Improves With The Return Of Smyth

from Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider,

There might be “lies, damn lies and statistics,” but sometimes the numbers don’t lie. After Ryan Smyth suffered his upper-body injury, the Kings went 6-for-49 on the power play in their 15 games without Smyth. In the seven games since Smyth’s return, the Kings are 8-for-26 on the power play, and Smyth has four of those goals.

So while Terry Murray has said, of late, that he doesn’t attribute too much of the power-play success to any one person, it’s clear that Smyth’s impact is huge, particularly with the way Smyth parks himself in front of the net for tip-ins and rebounds. Here’s what Murray said today about Smyth’s impact on the power play, followed by Smyth’s thoughts…

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Good Vibrations In LA

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

Ryan Smyth didn’t waive his no-trade clause to go to Pittsburgh or Chicago or Detroit for a playoff run. No, he waived it over the summer to go to the Los Angeles Kings, a team that hasn’t seen the postseason since Jason Allison, Ziggy Palffy and Adam Deadmarsh formed their top line in 2001-02.

So, no, you can’t accuse Smyth of chasing the Stanley Cup like a veteran on a mission to fulfill his dream before it’s too late.

Then again, could that be precisely what “Captain Canada” is doing in Los Angeles?

“I do really believe there is something special about the Kings,” Smyth told NHL.com. “You mention the (Drew) Doughtys and the (Anze) Kopitars—these types of players—they’re so young, but they’re so good. To be a part of it is awesome.”

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Smyth Still Wearing The Red Practice Sweater

from Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider,

Question: Do you have a target date in mind for a return?

SMYTH: “No. I’ve got to listen to what they say. Obviously I want to be back right now, but it’s a matter of letting nature take its course and listening to the trainers and the doctors.”

Question: Are you giving any thought to that three-day Canada trip as a possible return, just to have a target to shoot for?

SMYTH: There are always positives, for sure, but I’ll see what the doc says on Saturday and then I’ll know more. For me to speculate on something, over the top of the doc, I don’t want to do that.”

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Smyth Could Be Out A Month

via Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider,

Ryan Smyth will be out of the lineup for up to one month, Terry Murray said after practice today. Murray would not detail what Smyth’s “upper-body” injury is. As expected, Alexander Frolov will skate on the first line. Teddy Purcell will skate with Handzus and Simmonds.

Murray said Rob Scuderi continues to be day to day with his lower-body injury.

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Morning Line

“There’s one thing you can control in your life, and that’s your work ethic. Sometimes you get tired or things like that. All these factors can come into play, but the things you can control are your mind and your work ethic. Sometimes you’re going to outwork teams and sometimes you’re going to get outworked. If you do more than your fair share, you’re going to give yourself an opportunity to win.”

-LA Kings forward Ryan Smyth.  More from Ryan via Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider.

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How Is It Going Ryan?

Adrian Dater of All Things Avs catches up with former Colorado player Ryan Smyth.

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Ryan Smyth Talks About LA

Ryan Smyth, recently acquired from Colorado, met with Daryl Evans on his first day in Los Angeles as he joins his new team.

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Afternoon Line

If you’re an L.A. Kings fan, there are a lot of good reasons to be pleased with the trade that brings former Avalanche and Oilers left winger Ryan Smyth to California. He’s someone who every player on that roster would be smart to emulate – in all areas except for hairstyling.

That brings me to an important question: How long is Smyth’s world-renowned mullet going to last in Southern California? Don’t they have laws there punishing crimes against hair? Isn’t he going to get tired of having scripts for Joe Dirt sequels offered to him day in and day out?

-Adam Proteau of The Hockey News.  More hockey talk from Adam…

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All Ryan Smyth

Ryan talks about his decision to waive his NMC and a few other topice with Rich Hammond of Inside the Kings,

Question: You talked about some of the discussion with your family. What were some of the factors you weighed?

SMYTH: “Obviously we have a beautiful home in Colorado, so we had to weigh the factors of all that stuff, and moving. Then you look at the hockey front. (The Avalanche) came to me and said they wanted to rebuild, and money was an issue, and obviously that goes hand in hand with my issue and my contract. It was mutual at the end of the day, and I have nothing but great things to say about Colorado.’‘

Question: Playing in Colorado, you’ve had a chance to get a decent look at the Kings. What are your impressions?

SMYTH: “Watching these young kids play, and to see the energy and excitement and the direction the organization is going in, there’s nothing but upside. I’m honored to be a part of it and I hope I can contribute a lot.’‘

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Smyth A King

from TSN,

The Colorado Avalanche have traded Ryan Smyth to the Los Angeles Kings.

The 33-year old posted 26 goals and 33 assists in 77 games last season.

Smyth spent most of the first 12 seasons of his career with the Oilers, but after failing to reach a contract agreement, was dealt to the New York Islanders at the trade deadline in 2007.

In that off-season he signed a five-year, $31.25 million deal with the Avalanche.

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added 11:25pm, via Darren Dreger’s Twitter,

Ryan Smyth to Los Angeles for D Kyle Quincey, D Tom Priessing and a 5th round pick

added 11:53pm,

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that it has acquired defensemen Kyle Quincey and Tom Preissing, along with a fifth round pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for forward Ryan Smyth. The trade is conditional upon the players passing a physical.

“We are pleased to be adding two quality NHL defensemen,” said Avalanche General Manager Greg Sherman.  “Kyle and Tom are both versatile players who can contribute at both ends. They will add defensive depth to our lineup.”

added 7/04/09 12:05am, via Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

By the way, there has been a report that Alex Tanguay will re-sign with the Avalanche to replace Smyth. That will NOT happen. Tanguay is not coming back to the Avalanche, period.

My sources tell me Tanguay could be signing with the Phoenix Coyotes. But that is not a done deal at this point.

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Ryan Smyth Finished for the Season

From the Colorado Avalanche:

The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that forward Ryan Smyth will miss the remainder of the 2008-09 season due to a fractured right hand.

Smyth suffered the injury during the second period of last night’s game against the Phoenix Coyotes at Pepsi Center.  The Banff, Alberta native is the Avalanche’s leading scorer this season with 59 points (26g/33a) in 77 games.

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How About Ryan Smyth To Vancouver?

from Matthew Sekeres of the Globe and Mail,

The longer Ryan Smyth remains a Colorado Avalanche before Wednesday’s NHL trade deadline, the more plausible a case you can make for a trade to Vancouver. (Smyth has a no-trade clause, but hands up if you think “Captain Canada” would reject a back north).

Facing empty seats and a recession, Avalanche GM Francois Giguere needs to slash payroll, and Smyth is a huge ticket over the next three years: $16.5-million (all currency U.S.) with an annual cap hit of $6.25-million (read more on the Denver Post’s excellent Avs blog.

If Giguere requires pure return value for Smyth the Player, than there is no fit with the Canucks. But if Giguere just has to rid himself of Smyth the Contract, than Vancouver becomes a believable destination. (Smyth was traded from Edmonton exactly two years ago Wednesday. Since that deadline deal, the grass has not been greener.)

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Smyth On The Trade Rumors

from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

...another trading deadline is approaching — it’s on Wednesday — and Smyth’s name has been tossed out amid indications general manager Francois Giguere at least got the word out that he would at least listen to offers for Smyth. But Smyth has a no-trade clause in his contract, and Sunday he again said neither he not his agent, Don Meehan, had been asked about waiving it.

“It’s just rumors,” Smyth said. “That’s what happens this time of year. I’ve been fortunate enough to have that no-move clause in place, so right now it’s all speculation.”

He said he would be “surprised” if Giguere eventually asks him to waive the no-trade clause.

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Talking Ryan Smyth

Pierre LeBrun and Scott Burnside of ESPN discuss the future of Ryan Smyth,

Pierre LeBrun: Smyth wasn’t too happy either when the rumors started this weekend. We exchanged text messages and he said he was “shocked.” After all, he signed his five-year deal with the thought of playing it out in Denver. It must be pointed out he’s in control with a no-movement clause and, at this point, a source tells me Avs GM Francois Giguere still hasn’t broached the subject of a possible deal with Smyth’s powerful agent Don Meehan. But given what other GMs have told me, Smyth is “possibly” available. I guess that’s a conversation that will soon take place.

Scott Burnside: Interesting dilemma for Smyth. He’s a terrific competitor and the Avs may not get anywhere near a playoff spot during the remainder of Smyth’s contract. Does he want to stay with a team that is finally paying the price for years of excess? And if he was willing to go, which team has the need, and wherewithal financially, to go after Smyth? Dallas has the need given its injuries up front, but hard to imagine the Stars taking on that kind of financial burden.

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Smyth Likes It In Colorado

from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,

Smyth has a no-trade clause, and made it clear today he does not want to leave Colorado anytime soon.

“It’s a little mind-boggling, obviously,” Smyth said this morning from the Verizon Center, where the Avs play the Washington Capitals tonight. “I’ve got three years left on my deal, and I really like it here. Obviously we’re not doing as well as we should be this year. We’ve lost a few key players who could really help us, but by no means are we out of this playoff race.”

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All Ryan Smyth

Fans submitted questions for Ryan Smyth…

from ColoradoAvalanche.com,

Q. What is it like to make a living in the front of the net in today’s NHL, and exactly how has it changed from the NHL of a few years ago?

Smyth- “Good question Joseph. I don’t want to say it’s not as physical, but it’s not as wrenching on your back as it used to be. You still compete for your territory, but you don’t take as many cross checks to the back as before.”

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Big Year for Ryan Smyth

From Pierre LeBrun at ESPN,

“I had so many awful injuries,” Smyth told ESPN.com. “Once I got here last year, I just tried to get my feet wet and see where I fit in and adjust that way. I started feeling good, and all of a sudden, I started to get injured. Every time I felt like I was getting going again, I got injured and never really recuperated from it.”

(Smyth was out six weeks with a broken ankle and later missed more time when he suffered a concussion and minor shoulder separation from a Jack Johnson hit on March 1.)

And how does he feel now? “Awesome.”

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Time For Smyth To Step Up

from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

The Avalanche didn’t sign Ryan Smyth to a five-year, $31.25 million contract for him to be a third-liner.

But with Colorado in position to clinch a playoff spot tonight, when the Avs face the Vancouver Canucks at GM Place, that is what Smyth has been of late — a third-liner.

“Whatever Coach wants me to play, I’ll play,” Smyth said.

With 14 goals in 53 games in a season disrupted by a broken ankle and a shoulder injury, Smyth will likely have to be far more effective — and more often revert to his trademark gritty play around the net — if Colorado has any shot of getting out of the first round of the playoffs.

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Avs Still Missing Smyth & Forsberg

from the CP via TSN,

Ryan Smyth and Peter Forsberg were both kept out of the Colorado Avalanche’s lineup for Thursday night’s game against the Edmonton Oilers.

Smyth skated effortlessly earlier in the day and showed no signs of the concussion and shoulder injury that forced him to miss five games. Forsberg, out with a strained groin, didn’t take the ice at all in the Avalanche’s morning skate.

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Quick Comeback For Smyth

from the Denver Post,

When the Avs return to practice Thursday morning, they probably will be joined by their pricey left winger, Ryan Smyth.

Smyth, the team said Tuesday, is likely to return after making a speedy recovery from the scary hit he took March 1 in a game against Los Angeles. He suffered a concussion and slightly separated shoulder after being hit by Kings defenseman Jack Johnson into the turnbuckle near the Avs’ bench.

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Bad News For Avs

via TSN,

The Colorado Avalanche took a dual hit on the injury front Monday.

The team learned that forward Ryan Smyth suffered a concussion after his collision with the padded partition near the Avalanche bench. He will not be able to exercise or return to the ice until he is symptom free. He also suffered a minor shoulder separation remains sidelined for an indefinite period of time.

The news got worse for Colorado as Marek Svatos was diagnosed with a torn ACL that will require surgery and sideline the forward for the remainder of the season.

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Injury To Smyth May Be His Shoulder

via All Things Avs,

Just sitting around here waiting for some official word from the Avs on Smyth’s scary injury from last night. But a person I talked to with some knowledge of the situation says Smyth’s left shoulder - not his head or neck - might be what causes him the most problems.

added 6:48pm, from All Things Avs,

The Avs are going to announce soon that, while Smyth’s head and neck checked out well on CAT scans, the left shoulder is likely separated - but things will be officially known in the coming days.
Translation: he’s got a shoulder separation, at least. I’ve also been hearing about a possible broken collarbone - the most commonly broken bone in the human body.

As for Svatos, the Avs are saying the full extent of his left knee injury will be known in the coming days.

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added 6:51pm, The official word from the Avalanche…

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Ryan Smyth Taken Off The Ice

Jack Johnson of the Kings rode Ryan Smyth into the boards, and his head met the glass partition that starts at the end of the bench.

Smyth was out cold but did come to and he was talking while being strapped down to a body board.

screen shot added at 9:56pm... (below)
added 10:04pm, via TSN,

In the lockeroom after the hit, Smyth was conscious and walking. He was being taken to hospital for tests.

video added 10:41pm... (below)

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Smyth Back, But Others Lost

from the Denver Post,

Despite word that Ryan Smyth will return to the Avalanche lineup tonight, Wednesday wasn’t a good day for medical news.

Workhorse defenseman Brett Clark might miss the rest of the season because of a dislocated shoulder, and Paul Stastny did not practice because of a groin injury.

Clark was the Avalanche’s minutes leader, and Stastny its leading scorer. Nothing seems to get any easier for the team already among the most banged-up in the NHL.

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Get It Right Colorado

from All Thing Avs by Adrian Dater,

The fact is, the Avs embarrassed themselves over their latest injury news, regarding Ryan Smyth. The Avs put out the word that X-rays were negative on Smyth’s ankle. They get a sigh of relief from their fans. A day later, they said, ‘Uh, never mind, the ankle is actually broken. He’ll be out eight weeks.’

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Ryan Smyth Out 8 Weeks

via the Colorado Avalanche,

The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that further medical evaluation on the injured right ankle of forward Ryan Smyth revealed a fracture and that he would be out approximately eight weeks.

“The fracture was discovered following additional medical tests which included an MRI exam,” said Avalanche Head Trainer Matthew Sokolowski. “We expect him to make a full recovery.”

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