The Edmonton Oilers and the city of Edmonton were proud to welcome home Ryan Smyth with open arms this summer, but it was also the media that looked forward to interviews and post games with the man who literally bleeds for his team and goes back for more.
On CBC after hours this Saturday, Smyth spoke with Scott Oakes and Kevin Weekes on a variety of topics in front of several adoring fans.
Oilers beat Predators 3-1 in regulation
In the past, the Edmonton Oilers had trouble beating the Nashville Predators. Last year, the curse was broken; the team found wins, and it was even Linus Omark who scored a game winning goal. This is a whole new year, with all new issues. Several Oilers were looking for their first goals because Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had 4 of the Oilers 5 goals through the first 3 games, and the other goal belonged to Ryan Smyth. This game would be only slightly different, but Oilers fans couldn’t be happier.
Oilers Lose 2-1 to Wild in Shootout
January 16th, 2007 was the last time the Oilers won in St. Paul Minnesota. Coincidentally, Ryan Smyth was in the Oilers lineup and perhaps the mullet’s return to St. Paul as an Oiler could have turned things around for the club. Oilers fans will have to wait until next time, but in the meantime a shootout loss is a respectable resolution to this game. Well, unless like me you were fine with ties and don’t care much for this third point business.
Oilers beat Penguins 2-1 in shootout
This game was more than just a home opener in Oil Country. This was the season opener, the first game as Oilers for the newly acquired Oilers, the first NHL game for Anton Lander and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and of course the return of Ryan Smyth.
Oilers Beat Coyotes 3-2
The Edmonton Oilers continue to impress their fans through the pre-season, despite the fact that these games still mean nothing in the grand scheme of things. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has continued his point streak and has scored his first goal at the NHL level(ish), and looks to have some real chemistry with sophomores’ Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle.
Oilers fall to Canucks 2-1
This wasn’t the game that Oilers fans were expecting. As the day progressed, excitement built. This was the first televised game of the 2011 pre-season, and on TSN no less. The Oilers’ roster was announced and there were very few surprises. Once the Canucks roster was announced, people clamored to look up NHL rules; don’t teams have to dress a certain number of veterans?
The Edmonton Oilers kicked off pre-season with split squad games in Edmonton against the Minnesota Wild and in Saskatoon against the Chicago Blackhawks. Both games were streamed online, but both games had technical difficulties, even after the games were over. As fantastic as technology is, it’s funny how it still disappoints. At this time an archived version of the games is not available.
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!
Fan favourite Ryan Smyth is beloved by many hockey fans throughout the world, but especially throughout the nation of Canada. Smyth not only played for Team Canada on many occasions, but also captained Canada’s World Championship team for a record six years Smyth has won several gold medals playing for his country including an Olympic gold in 2002. The nickname Captain Canada is fitting for the man who has left it all on the ice; blood, sweat, teeth and tears.
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.
About Oil Patch
Lisa McRitchie is a fairly new writer, online at least, but makes up for inexperience with passion for the game of hockey and memories of Mrs. Leskiw’s English AP class; who knew they would pay off one day.
Oil Patch focuses on the Edmonton Oilers, the Edmonton Oil Kings, The Oklahoma City Barons and Team Canada Hockey with game coverage, news updates, speculation and interviews.
Although the Oilers have had a difficult past decade… or three, here at Oil Patch, the future looks bright.
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