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Oilers GM mum on Ryan Smyth rumors

6/21/2011

Will Ryan Smyth return to the Edmonton Oilers?

As first reported by TSN's Bob McKenzie, the Los Angeles Kings veteran forward has apparently expressed interest in being traded back to Edmonton if a deal could be worked out. Smyth denied the report to The Edmonton Journal.

And while a Kings source confirmed to ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun that Smyth is in play, Edmonton Oilers GM Steve Tambellini didn't divulge too much during a media availability Tuesday at Rexall Place.

When asked about the reports, Tambellini said, "I'm aware of that. [Ryan is] a good person and that's his business; that's [Los Angeles Kings GM] Dean Lombardi's business, and I respect that."

After spending the first 11 seasons of his NHL career in Edmonton, the Oilers traded Smyth to the New York Islanders on trade deadline day in 2007. He signed with the Colorado Avalanche the following season before the Kings acquired Smyth before the 2009-10 season. Smyth, who has one year left on his current deal ($4.5 million salary and $6.25 million cap hit), ultimately controls his fate with the no-movement clause in his contract.

Stay tuned.