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06-09-2004, 11:24 AM
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If the Oilers *were* to try and trade Ryan Smyth for whatever reason, I'd think that they would be content with Michael Handzus and a 2nd round pick. Handzus would instantly become Edmonton's number one center, one of their top penalty killers and would provide the size and physicality needed down the middle to contend in the West.
That said; I don't think the Oilers would look to trade Smyth or Jason Smith until their playoff hopes have diminished... i.e.: trade deadline/March.
Why would we be pleased with that return? Some Ottawa fans are willing to do Havlat + and he is far better then Handzus.
Again. Smyth won't be moved for Handzus as the core player coming back. He doesn't fit in on our team. We have tried 2 slow centers in the past 2 years and both have failed offensively (Dopita and Oates). We simply play the game faster then a slow C can cope with. Handzus would not work on the Oilers. He maybe a good player, but he wouldn't be on the Oilers
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