McKenzie: Ryan Smyth Wants To Come Home
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06-20-2011, 03:47 PM
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Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Sherwood Park, AB
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I was watching old videos from the 2006 run last night and they were talking about how good the Smyth, Horcoff and Hemsky line has been. It would be kind of cool to have him back. The cap hit is irrelevant. We're not a cap team.
Smyth is the kind of player that can still be used as a bottom 6/special teams player once the offense fades. I wouldn't be against re-signing him to a much more reasonable contract.
There is also a difference between being an experienced veteran and being a leader. Horcoff and Whitney are leaders. Strudwick, Foster and Vandermeer are just experienced. Smyth would add some REAL leadership to the team. You know he'd give 100% every shift and he's a class act off ice. It would be good to have another pro like Horcoff around so they can see he's not a rare breed.
The real question is...who/what do the Kings want in return? He may be 35 years old but he's still a 20-25 goal scorer.
assuming hemsky stays, seeing that line reunite would be pretty awesome.
Regardless, Smyth brings the sort of intangibles you don't find very often. The whole lockerroom would benefit tremendously from having him around for the short term and long term.
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