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10-03-2013, 01:28 AM
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My opinion on Ryan Smyth is this:

He is an all-time fan favourite. No question the face of the franchise for the first decade of the 21st century. I will always respect what he has done for the team and the city. He was a great player for the oilers and also as " Captain Canada".

That being said he is well passed his prime at this point. It really makes me hurt seeing him play out there. He is a shadow of his former self. The speed and hands just are not there anymore. There are still flashes when he has the puck down low or when he is in his signature spot in front of the net. It pains me that newer fans have only his work of the last couple years as a representation of his career.

Smyth is an oilers legend forever and always, but, his time has come and passed. I hope he can find a spot on the roster once Gagner and RNH can come back. But I really don't see a spot for him at this point.

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