Signing him now means they pencil him into next season's line-up prematurely. The Oilers are doing the right thing waiting until the off-season. As it stands, the Oilers are going to need to make changes to this team in the summer to move this team in the right direction. Whether or not it involves Ryan Smyth as a top-6 forward, bottom-6 forward or not at all is yet to be foreseen. Anything can happen in the offseason.
This is twice now that Hemsky got the quick painless deal and Smyth is left to hang.
I want to see Smyth resigned, but this may speak more to Hemsky making it quick and painless. Meanwhile, Smitty has constantly been an active participant in making his signings with the Oilers slow and painful.
I was fine with the Hemsky signing at the time but not if it means the Oil are going to screw around Smyth, Gagner on negotiations.
Difference between Hemsky and Smyth is that it was pretty clear that if the Oilers and Hemsky did not come to an agreement before the deadline he would be traded. No ifs, ands or buts about it. With Smyth, it was made quite clear by Tambellini that he would not be traded. Hemsky needed a new deal because they had to make a decision on him.
Difference between Hemsky and Gagner is that Gagner is an RFA. There is likely no rush for him or the Oilers to get a contract done. I believe Gagner is eligible for arbitration this season (someone correct me if I'm wrong) and that might be something that both he and the Oilers would consider doing.
I'm not concerned about this at all. There is months before this needs to become an issue.
I have no problem with no offer being made at this point in time. As soon as the season ends though they need to assess things and make an offer at that time. The guy is our 3rd leading scorer and has played all games and wants to be here. We should do our best to sign him.
Am I the only Oiler fan who wouldn't be too sad to see Smyth not re-signed?
He's only going to get slower and the way our team identity should be built, I don't see him fitting in great in our top 6. I'd like to see a fast, physical bottom six.
If he does re-sign, it better be for one year.
I wouldn't be all that upset either. Since his awesome start, he has looked very old. When injuries starting happening, he actually got worse, not better. I'm torn whether I want him back next year or not. I imagine management is as well. I think a 1 year deal will eventually get worked out, but I imagine they want to see what happens at the draft at least first.
Its smarter to wait until the end of the season to resign him. Smyttys production was insane at the first half of the season. If we resigned him then he would command a bigger salary. With the way hes struggling down the stretch it puts the Oilers in a better position to get a smaller contract extension signed as opposed to paying out early. Tambo knows what hes doing.