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Ryan Smyth's phone hasn't stopped ringing with texts and messages since his trade back to the Edmonton Oilers was finally done Sunday.
"It's blowing up, but it's all good," Smyth told ESPN.com on Monday. "This is an exciting time."
Six weeks after he asked for a trade from the Los Angeles Kings back to his native Alberta, it wasn't without a few heart-stopping moments and speed bumps Friday and Saturday before the deal got done.
"Overall it was really stressful, no question," said Captain Canada. "Sometimes you learn a lot through these types of processes. Sometimes it hurts. But the end result is that we're real happy as a family. ... I have to say, L.A. was first class in the way they treated this. They were patient and they were willing to have a dance partner at the end of the day."
On Friday morning, sources told ESPN.com Smyth was likely headed to Edmonton's Alberta rival in Calgary. The Flames and Kings had a deal pretty much worked out pending a few other factors. Smyth was also informed of that, and knew how upset Oilers fans would have been to see him wear those colors.
"It was overwhelming in regards to what Calgary was willing to do in terms of trying to acquire my services," said Smyth. "I really appreciate that. Obviously, it would have been really tough for me to play against the Oilers in the Battle of Alberta. I think if you cut me open, I bleed Oiler blue."
He always did, despite the four and half years spent away from Edmonton.
"Sometimes you have to experience the other side of things to see how much you appreciate a team, an organization, a city, and the fans," Smyth said. "I'm really looking forward to the first game, for sure."