by PuckStopsHere on 06/07/12 at 01:25 PM ET
Last season Ryan Smyth was a member of the Los Angeles Kings. He requested a trade to Edmonton - his original NHL team - for family reasons. The trade was a bit of a fiasco. At first Los Angeles was a bit unhappy with the circumstances but eventually agreed to a trade for Gilbert Brule and a 4th round draft pick in the 2011 Entry Draft. That trade never went through because Brule was shown to be hurt more seriously than expected in his Kings physical. A trade was eventually negotiated for Colin Fraser and a 7th round pick in the 2012 Entry Draft. It wasn’t a particularly big price to pay for Smyth.
Smyth returned to Edmonton and had a solid season on a bad team, but as a result of his trade demands he is likely to miss out on a Stanley Cup victory. Smyth will be a free agent this summer and has thus far been unable to reach a contract agreement to stay in Edmonton.
It is possible that Los Angeles would not have been able to get into this position to win the Stanley Cup if Smyth was still on their roster. Smyth commands a significant $6.5 million salary cap hit. Would LA have been able to trade for Jeff Carter if they had Smyth’s contract on their books?
In a league where there is no clear best team right now, it looks like Los Angeles is the lucky team that will win the Stanley Cup. Who would have thought that their Stanley Cup victory may have been made possible by Ryan Smyth’s trade request last summer? And what must Ryan Smyth be thinking today when he realizes that he probably could have been there for a Stanley Cup?
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