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04-24-2012, 04:27 PM
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Originally Posted by Herby View Post

I said it from the start about Smyth. It's one thing with Ryan, always has been, $$$$. I think it's pretty obvious what happened, probably in the exit interviews last year Smyth was told by either Murray or Lombardi that his role was going to be diminished as the team was looking to upgrade the top lines. Smyth knowing it was a contract year and a situation like that would be taking money out of his pocket, demanded a trade back to Edmonton who conveniently projected to be one of the worst teams in the league and where he would be more likely to hold a spot on the top lines. Because clearly keeping a top 6 role despite it being on a bottom feeder was more important than playing a 4th line/PP role for a contending team. He was also able to say it was for "family reasons" to protect his reputation. With Smyth supposedly turning down an extension with the Oilers for 5 million over two years and now talking about testing the market it was clearly never about family, it was all about Smyth drawing every last penny out of whatever team is unlucky enough to sign this clown in the offseason. And the fact that he uses his children and family to cover up his greed is disgusting and shameful.

The Fraser trade was just a wonderful move. We got the better player, added a guy who has turned out to be a true Pros Pro. A wonderful addition to our fourth line who actually ventures into the defensive zone and is willing to sacrifice his body to make a play. And best of all it filled up a ton of cap space to add other pieces to this team. Hopefully Fraser is retained this offseason, and if by some chance he isn't, hopefully he wont call a press conference and cry like a baby over 500k.
Herby, you were right.

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