Welcome Home, Ryan Smyth!

Lowetide
June 26 2011 10:28AM

Ryan Smyth is an Edmonton Oiler. Details of the deal (Colin Fraser and a distant 7th rd pick in 2012) are unimportant, Ryan Smyth returns!

Steve Tambellini has earned major points for a very good hockey trade. I'm not certain he thinks so, but the evidence is overwhelming. Quality NHL player, mentor, and very likely a reasonable contract next year.

I'm having a beer, and then I'm having another.

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#1 Ender
June 26 2011, 11:38AM
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Wow. For a guy who supposedly didn't care when (or even if) Smytty finally returned to Edmonton, I found myself following this story WAAAAY more closely than logic dictated. And now smiling a lot more broadly than necessary.

Welcome home indeed, Mr. Smyth.

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#2 Stone Hands McOsta
June 26 2011, 10:30AM
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FISTS ARE BEING PUMPED!!!!

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#3 Zed
June 26 2011, 10:32AM
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A trade is made and it feels good to be an Oiler fan.

Finally.

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#4 Ambassador humantorch
June 26 2011, 11:00AM
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Very good trade, but let's remember that Tambo just managed to pull off a trade for a player who requested to be traded here before we start awarding him GM of the Year.

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#5 Rob...
June 26 2011, 10:32AM
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I was just thinking 'You know you're spoiled by OilersNation when you expect a blog within 30 minutes of a trade happening', and here it is.

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#6 Mrs. Potato Dick
June 26 2011, 10:37AM
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Hellz yeah! Awesome news...and getting rid of Fraser is better than getting rid of Brule. At least you occasionally notice Brule on the ice when he's healthy. Fraser was a non-factor all season.

Fraser gone + 7th rounder instead of 5th is a steal.

Welcome home. The Oilers just got a little better.

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#8 @Oilanderp
June 26 2011, 11:56PM
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This is message #282.

282 divided by 3 is 94! *cheer*

P.S. Good luck Colin Fraser, thanks for your time here and long may your big jib draw. To the goalie to be selected in the 7th round in 2012 by the LA Kings: way to go man.... way to go.

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This was me when this trade was announced earlier:

B====D ~ ~ ~

The end.

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#10 Rob...
June 26 2011, 10:50AM
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They're $hittie wrote:

We still need to get rid of brule and trade cogliano while his value is high.

While his value is high? I wonder how many NHL cities are being pressured by local dental associations to trade for Cogs?

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#11 book¡e
June 26 2011, 12:13PM
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Oh, F@#k me - McKenzie just Tweeted that Tambellini was feeling so good basking in the fan adulation over this that he just signed Grant Fuhr, Charlie Huddy and Jari Kurri to multi-year contracts.

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#12 Wanye
June 26 2011, 12:38PM
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RYAN SMYTH! RYAN SMYTH!

*weeps openly pantses roommates*

*honks horn*

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#13 @Oilanderp
June 26 2011, 12:48PM
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@Islanders of the North

Ummm....19th pick overall = d-man.

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#14 Aeodhagan
June 26 2011, 10:37AM
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And once again all is right with the world.

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#15 cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan
June 26 2011, 10:44AM
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Mrs. Potato Dick wrote:

Right on. Now everyone can put away their torches and pitchforks...

~screw that, it just gives us more time to sharpen the pitchforks. we know its only a matter of time before we need them again with tambellini~

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#16 c_tux
June 26 2011, 10:58AM
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Oh Happy Day! Not only do our kids get a mentor, our PP gets a pulse and with Fraser gone, a spot opens for Lander!

This should be declared a statutory holiday in OilersNation

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#18 freeze
June 26 2011, 11:42AM
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This team is a few NHL level defensemen away from a 20th place finish! Happy days!

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#19 Puritania
June 26 2011, 01:31PM
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successful troll is successful!

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#20 Aitch
June 26 2011, 10:34AM
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@Rob...

As I was opening my laptop, rather than going outside and doing some yardwork, I scolding myself with "afraid you'll miss something" thoughts and then I get rewarded with news of Smyth coming back to the Oil!

... and for nothing! That's right, basically nothing.

Banner day.

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#21 Max Powers - Team HME Evans
June 26 2011, 10:39AM
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Oh baby! Wanye, I want a celebration article posted soon. Looking forward to it. WE GOT SMYTTY BACK!!!

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#22 TKB2677
June 26 2011, 10:59AM
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I think this is a great trade. Dead beat Colin Fraser and a 7th for Smyth!! Does any player drafted in the 7th round ever make it? Very, very few.

Smyth is exactly the type of transitional player the Oilers need. He can play anywhere in the top 3 lines. He can play on the pp, kill penalties. The guy is the definition of hard work and character. He is going to be a great influence on the kids. Show them how to work, be a pro, how to work the corners. I'm hoping Hall, Eberle and Paajarvi are out there with Smyth every practice learning how to tip pucks. His contract is very pricey but for 1 year, who cares. I think the Oilers signicantly improved their team today. Nice work Tambo!!

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#23 Dodgebreath
June 26 2011, 11:01AM
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Anyone else gonna join me by growing back YOUR mullet?

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#24 Skidplate
June 26 2011, 11:03AM
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@pelhem grenville

I just seem to recall you mentioned "go to Sportsnet" several times. That is all. I am a TSN guy. I don't like Spector, Kypreos or MacLean. Spector is too arrogant, Kypereos has had 1 too many concusions and MacLean is MacLean.

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#25 Oilers G- Nations Poet Laureate
June 26 2011, 11:26AM
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Welcome home Smytty

Power of the Mullet here

A mentor for H.O.P.E.

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#26 Clyde Frog
June 26 2011, 11:39AM
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Excellent price for 50ish points added to the lineup. With depth at LW for someone to move up and down as needed.

Looks like an extremely low cost, only reason Steve should be sad is if he was expecting to go hog wild with that cap space...

Which isn't that likely anyway.

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#27 Gerald R. Ford
June 26 2011, 11:44AM
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We get The Mullet AND jettison Fraser at the same time!?!

O' GLORIOUS DAY!

That is some considerable deSTINKification of our beloved team with one mighty blow. Fantastic job, Tambo!

I think I'm gonna dance now...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRQtldkHT3E

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#28 DieHard
June 26 2011, 11:47AM
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I have this grin that won't go away. Welcome back sir.

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#29 Ender
June 26 2011, 11:52AM
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I think one of the funniest things about this was that Wanye had nhlnumbers.com updated to reflect the trade like 8 seconds after it was announced.

"Nope. Can't take it back now; I already updated the site. It's D-O-N-E. No need to thank me; just doing my part to ensure no one else takes a run at screwing this up."

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#30 book¡e
June 26 2011, 12:02PM
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DieHard wrote:

I have this grin that won't go away. Welcome back sir.

That's what she said...

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#31 Matt Henderson
June 26 2011, 12:36PM
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So happy to have Smyth back. I now predict that the Hockey Gods will be kinder to us Oiler fans.

Also, now that hes back our PP should be a lot less laughable and the team actually has 3 LWs that deserve to be in the top 9. Very excited to have actual NHL players back on the team.

Fraser was a wasted spot but that also means that as it stands now the depth at C is even weaker. If the Oilers dont want RNH to earn a spot at camp then they better get somebody capable. Otherwise the lines could look like 1) Hall Horc Eberle carried over from last year 2) Smyth Gagner Hemsky 3) Paajarvi RNH Omark and 4) Jones Cogs Harti

Lines 1 & 2 could swap spots or Centres but youd have to think that thats what it looks like to start with if no other relief is provided down the middle.

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#32 John Chambers
June 26 2011, 12:53PM
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@Islanders of the North

This is very insightful. I'm looking forward to more of your unabashed candid commentary. Management does need to wake up - drafting Oscar Klefbom to play Centre is preposterous.

Love your handle, btw. Another funny one is Overachieving AHL team.

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#33 Where's Your Towel
June 26 2011, 01:30PM
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@Islanders of the North

You've stated no facts. Just your opinion, which is woefully misinformed.

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#34 Butters
June 26 2011, 07:39PM
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RNH won't make a 30th place team with no depth at centre? Yikes.

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#35 JeffG
June 26 2011, 09:39PM
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FastOil wrote:

By your own info there, since 2008 Whitney has played in 40% of the available games. Out of the last 4 years he made one 62 game season, about 75% is his best.

This does not bode well, as a link to an article in the journal from here or CB (sorry can't find it) said that the biggest predictor of injury is last year. If a player was hurt a lot last year, likely will be this year.

Players don't change much after a few years in the league. They'll get better with experience, but there are no new aspects very often to their games. Maybe some learn to play defense better.

BUt with injuries, once they start they don't often go away. Maybe a guy gets one big one and that's it. If it's been a few then trouble.

I can't think of any examples of a guy being hurt a lot over years and then suddenly going for years with few, can you?

It usually puts a big dent in their career and often signals the beginning of the end, unless you are Sami Salo.

There are enough examples on the Oilers other than Whitney - Horcoff, Hemsky, Khabi, Smids had a few, Jacques.

Equally guys that stay healthy usually continue to - Gilbert, Cogliano, and the ultimate example Lidstrom.

Learning to not get hurt is a huge skill for a long career and I think should be coached as much as possible. I think one of the biggest trends we'll see going forward (now that concussions are on the radar to stay because of Crosby) is guys careers being cut off after 4-5 concussions. They have always got them, but now they'll count all of them not just the major ones.

It is critical to avoid them. I think Hall has already had a few from junior, he needs to be careful or we could lose him way too soon.

I really hope Smytty can teach the rookies to play the boards and not get killed because a lot of them take way too many hits and it will catch up with them.

He played 81 games in 2009-2010.

So since your first premise is wrong...no point in reading the rest of your post.

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#36 Oilcruzer
June 26 2011, 09:57PM
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ineptflux - Team Trade WanyeGretz For Oodle Noodle Instore Credit wrote:

This was me when this trade was announced earlier:

B====D ~ ~ ~

The end.

Be honest, yer ex released it on twitter anyway, it was more like this...

B=D ~ ~ ~

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#37 Wanyes bastard child
June 26 2011, 10:59PM
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rubbertrout wrote:

I like soup.

I like boobies.

And welcome home Ryan :)

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#38 @Oilanderp
June 26 2011, 11:31PM
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@Islanders of the North

Wow, you're incompetent at night too. At least you're consistent.

P.S. Just stating the facts.

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#39 Oilcruzer
June 27 2011, 07:55AM
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Canucks are the 40 year old virgin. Nice... That will get big play here in BC...

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#40 Adam D
June 26 2011, 10:30AM
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For an Oilers fan like me, growing up in the nineties and the aughties, Smyth was my Gretzky. He's nothing less than an icon, and I can't believe he's back.

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#41 caz
June 26 2011, 10:35AM
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the little piece of my that died when we were separated has come back to life.

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#42 book¡e
June 26 2011, 10:37AM
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Wow, shocker, this was out of nowhere!

Did anyone see this coming?

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#43 OilCrazy
June 26 2011, 10:38AM
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He'll be a great 3rd liner over the next few years, and even if slowing down he can still stand in front of the net on the pp and tap in 20. He's only overpaid for 1 year and will be re-signed to a reasonable contract to take him into retirement prior to our young guns requiring big raises. It's great to have Captain Canada back!

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#44 IHeartHemsky
June 26 2011, 10:38AM
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Glad to finally say..Well Done Tambo. Your patience paid off this time.

Now do well this week and you will earn the true respect of the OilersNation.

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#46 book¡e
June 26 2011, 10:56AM
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Lowetide wrote:

No, it's before 11 where I am and it matters not. Oilers Nation: grab a beer (providing you are old enough) and toast with me!

Man. This is a great day. Only in Canada! Late June, clouds, smoke and none of it matters.

An old hockey player returns!

Special teams got better today, folks!

...and it's official - the goal next year is to be more competitive (as opposed to pretending to be competitive while telegraphing a dive for first overall).

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#47 Skidplate
June 26 2011, 10:56AM
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pelham, I take it you are not a TSN guy.

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#48 Rob...
June 26 2011, 10:59AM
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@Skidplate

I was thinking the same thing. Not that I have anything against Sportsnet MSM personalities or their channel, but I still marvel at the massive changes they made to their website a year or two ago and how it rendered their website nearly useless, as far as quickly navigating to what you want goes. I visit their website only when I can't find information on something anywhere else... a pretty rare occasion.

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#49 K-UGER Industrial Smoothing
June 26 2011, 11:04AM
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Dodgebreath wrote:

Anyone else gonna join me by growing back YOUR mullet?

I've been growing mine for months in anticipation

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#50 Bryzarro World
June 26 2011, 11:11AM
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Rob... wrote:

I was thinking the same thing. Not that I have anything against Sportsnet MSM personalities or their channel, but I still marvel at the massive changes they made to their website a year or two ago and how it rendered their website nearly useless, as far as quickly navigating to what you want goes. I visit their website only when I can't find information on something anywhere else... a pretty rare occasion.

I hear you. Their site is just garbage since the change. I can't stand to go there.

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