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View Poll Results: Would you take back Ryan Smyth?
Yes 431 93.29%
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06-20-2011, 05:16 PM
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Now that we have a crop of rookies, Smyth is exactly the type of vet the team needs to be adding if we want to crawl out of the basement. He's expensive, and I'd prefer if he was returning to the team as a UFA, but if the Oilers can send the Kings spare parts I'm definitely on board. Unless I'm mistaken his contract will be off the books before the kids are up for new contracts.

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06-20-2011, 05:17 PM
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For only 1 season at that pricetag, yes. Anything longer would've been debatable.
This is how I feel. Its not a gamble, its giving a player his request to retire where he started, live at home by his family. He loves it here, he realized that when he decided to not accept the oilers offer and he regretted it ever since.

I also think this is a great opportunity to get rid of some redundancies in our roster. We don't need Brule and Cogliano, we only have use for one of them. Send one of them in a trade with Plante + Cogliano for Smyth. Im down with that.

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Brule and Calgary's pick would be about all I'd go for. I'd absolutely LOVE for him to come back though

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Now that we have a crop of rookies, Smyth is exactly the type of vet the team needs to be adding if we want to crawl out of the basement. He's expensive, and I'd prefer if he was returning to the team as a UFA, but if the Oilers can send the Kings spare parts I'm definitely on board. Unless I'm mistaken his contract will be off the books before the kids are up for new contracts.
he's only got 1 year left, which makes it highly attractive.

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06-20-2011, 05:21 PM
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If tells LA he doesn't want to play anywhere but edmonton they'll just wave him if we'll just take the contract.

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06-20-2011, 05:22 PM
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What happens if Richards is planning on going to LA and they are looking to cut salary?

They know the Oil are the only team would will trade for smyth and not just have him included in a deal.

Brule and a second for Smyth

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06-20-2011, 05:23 PM
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Would it be bad if we acquired him from the Kings, but then flipped him to a contender at the trade deadline? I know it wouldn't do much good for our reputation, but Smyth proved during the playoffs that he can still perform...

But the optics of this would be horrible and it'd probably be best just to let him play out the year here.

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06-20-2011, 05:23 PM
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for really cheap, yes.

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Smyth-Horcoff-Hemsky
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How sick would that be? I think I just came.

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Well hypothetical, if Whitney came out and said this to us about going back to Pittsburgh, would you keep him?

It honestly sounds like a polite way of wanting out.
It's tough to say. You can't just give away an asset but I guess it's one of those situations where the two general managers would find away to get a deal done.

For all we know, the Kings value the cap space so much that they would prefer to just give Smyth away.

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A.Cogliano straight across or Brule + 3rd or 4th.

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Would love to see him back. With recent history in mind, I think its GREAT NEWS for the Oiler's organization to hear a player actually want to come here. Smitty has some swagger too. So its awesome news. Even at the cap hit, take him this season, then sign him to a lower end deal to round out his career in Oiler's silks. The guy bleeds copper and blue, I think that would speak miles to our younger players. Would love to have Smyth back, always felt like a different (almost soulless) team since he left, bringing back our identity of a hard nosed, blue collar, hard working team would start with that beaut back in Oilers country.

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What is LA's cash flow situation? I know they need to sign doughty, but what is the commitment from ownership? Is this a move they could be forced to make?

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06-20-2011, 05:29 PM
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Smyth-Horcoff-Hemsky
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Hartikainen-Konopka-Jones

How sick would that be? I think I just came.
That does actually look quite sexy. 1st line is the power vs power line, second like to eat up second pairing defence. Third line to do the same then the 4th has two 10+ goal scorers. I like it.

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I have to say that the thought of the whole thing makes me giddy. I really hope it happens for all of the reasons laid out by other posters.

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Whoever is said Smyth is "done," obviously has no clue what they're talking about.
Heh, funny you say that...

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06-20-2011, 05:30 PM
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In previous topics to bring Smyth back, I had been absolutely dead set against it. Now, considering the young players and the team need a solid veteran, I am all for it. It would be the perfect situation for the Oilers, to sign a veteran NHLer who we actually know, can trust, and somebody who genuinely loves the city of Edmonton.

Captain Canada would be a very strong addition to our current situation.

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06-20-2011, 05:32 PM
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How incredible would it be if Smyth came back, resigned at a lower cap hit on a 2-3 year contract, and helped us win a cup in a few years?

Seeing him lift the cup, tears streaming down his face...



Getting ahead of myself, obviously.

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Hopefully his (potential) presence will help bring a sense of identity back to the room and organization.

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06-20-2011, 05:33 PM
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I don't know about the logistical aspects of any potential trade but I was told about Smitty's desire to return to Alberta, back in January.

(And YES this is me saying: I told you so!)

Dont you have to have said something of value that was ignored to say I told you so?

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In previous topics to bring Smyth back, I had been absolutely dead set against it. Now, considering the young players and the team need a solid veteran, I am all for it. It would be the perfect situation for the Oilers, to sign a veteran NHLer who we actually know, can trust, and somebody who genuinely loves the city of Edmonton.

Captain Canada would be a very strong addition to our current situation.

a year ago I would have been hesitant to pick smyth up. This year? different situation for sure.

only a year left at that cap hit and a strong possibility of keeping him around for longer than that in a depth role...AND he ASKED to be traded to edmonton. HE ASKED FOR IT.

as you can probably tell, I'm still digesting this reality.

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So why exactly does he want to comeback now? You'd think if it's about retiring as an Oiler he could've done so next year as a UFA.

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I voted "no" by mistake. Definitely want him back, assuming we aren't giving up much for him.

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The guy bleeds copper and blue, I think that would speak miles to our younger players.
It would be nice for the phrase "Once and Oiler always and Oiler" to feel like it rings true again. Smytie brings that kind of loyalty along with him.

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So why exactly does he want to comeback now? You'd think if it's about retiring as an Oiler he could've done so next year as a UFA.

no idea, maybe someone could ask him at the press conference when he lands in edmonton?

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I voted "no" by mistake. Definitely want him back, assuming we aren't giving up much for him.
Maybe the humidity is messing with hair?

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