Saturday, June 25, 2011
Ryan Smyth trade to Oilers still not official
By Pierre LeBrun
Is Ryan Smyth headed back home?
A deal that appeared to send Smyth from the Los Angeles Kings to the Edmonton Oilers on Friday night never was officially announced.
Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini said after the first round of the NHL draft that the deal was still not done. A Kings source also told ESPN.com it wasn't quite done.
Reached via text message, Smyth told ESPN.com late Friday night that he didn't understand what was holding up the deal.
There seems to be confusion over the exact parameters of the conditional draft pick the Oilers would be sending to the Kings. Gilbert Brule also would be going from Edmonton to Los Angeles.
Earlier in the day, sources told ESPN.com that Edmonton's provincial rival, the Calgary Flames, were close to acquiring Smyth. But the Oilers got back into talks with the Kings as the first round of the draft neared.
Smyth, who asked the Kings to trade him closer to his Alberta home, began his career in Edmonton and made a tearful exit via a trade in February 2007.
Smyth has one year left on his deal that pays him $4.5 million but carries a $6.25 million cap hit.