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

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#2 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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#3 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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#4 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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#5 Captain Obvious
June 26 2011, 10:33AM
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So will all those posters who were horribly, horribly, wrong in the other thread eat crow and admit that their opinions aren't worth anything.

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#6 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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#7 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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#8 tlbest99
June 26 2011, 10:35AM
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wow...welcome home smitty..let the mullet reign again !!!! great deal for the oilers. His departure was the beginning of the total collapse of this organization. Get to dust of my old 94 jersey again...;)

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#9 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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#10 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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#11 Aeodhagan
June 26 2011, 10:37AM
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And once again all is right with the world.

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#12 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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#13 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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#14 shanetrain
June 26 2011, 10:38AM
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Back on the road to respectability with one of the craftiest beauties ever!

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#15 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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#16 Mrs. Potato Dick
June 26 2011, 10:40AM
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On another note... What's it like as a player to know you are getting traded to another team just to get salary dumped? That's almost a Souray-to-Hershey level of humiliation.

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#17 Mrs. Potato Dick
June 26 2011, 10:41AM
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IHeartHemsky wrote:

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.

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

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#19 Mrs. Potato Dick
June 26 2011, 10:42AM
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Lowetide wrote:

They'll probably move him to center. :-)

lol...no way.

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#20 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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#21 pelhem grenville
June 26 2011, 10:46AM
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... having a beer? then another? are you in another time zone LT or are you just so happy it doesn't matter when you start...in another time and space i'd be havin'one withya too...cheers

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#22 They're $hittie
June 26 2011, 10:47AM
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We still need to get rid of brule and trade cogliano while his value is high.

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#24 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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#25 pelhem grenville
June 26 2011, 10:51AM
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...well said again LT

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#26 OilCrazy
June 26 2011, 10:52AM
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I wonder which hardcore fister will be looking to get comment #94???

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#27 Skidplate
June 26 2011, 10:53AM
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@Lowetide

CHEERS!!!!!!!

Quality mentorship and character. Something this team has had in short supply for far too long.

Welcome Home Ryan Smyth!!!

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#28 pelhem grenville
June 26 2011, 10:55AM
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...after confirming with 38 sources so as not to seem like they were jumping the gun...

...Los Angeles Kings trade Ryan Smyth to Edmonton Oilers for Colin Fraser, 7th-round draft pick in 2012.

Go to sportsnet.ca for more on the story.

posted two minutes ago

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#29 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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#30 Skidplate
June 26 2011, 10:56AM
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pelham, I take it you are not a TSN guy.

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#31 @Oilanderp
June 26 2011, 10:57AM
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Mrs. Potato Dick wrote:

lol...no way.

Brule lead the team in FO% last year. Here

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#32 a lg dubl dubl
June 26 2011, 10:57AM
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WOOOOOOOOOOO! The curse of the mullet is over, good things will finally bestow the Oilers again :D

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#33 Dodgebreath
June 26 2011, 10:58AM
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BOOYAH! Now I can where my Smyth jersey to ALL the Jets games! Peggers are gonna LOVE ME!

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#34 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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#35 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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#36 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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#37 pelhem grenville
June 26 2011, 10:59AM
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...'splain skidplate...not sure i know what you mean

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#38 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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#39 madjam
June 26 2011, 11:00AM
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I guess that last shot of Senacot finally worked on Tams (tongue in cheek ) . Onward and upward from here on in ? Now to send Tams for lunch at A and W for a "formadoubly "! Yagr to be set man for Hopkins break in ? Hmmmm ? Sounds intriguing perhaps ? Does this mean i might have to change my mind about Tams and company ? Next years team now has a glimmer of hope .

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#40 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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#41 Dodgebreath
June 26 2011, 11:01AM
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Anyone else gonna join me by growing back YOUR mullet?

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

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#44 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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#45 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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#46 TheBall
June 26 2011, 11:05AM
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Am I the only one that thinks the Fraser component is less about $$$ and more about the 50 contract limit and staying clear of it?

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#47 John Chambers
June 26 2011, 11:05AM
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@Lowetide

Any chance we take a big run at Bieksa, White, or even Hejda next week?

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#48 pelhem grenville
June 26 2011, 11:06AM
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Ambassador humantorch wrote:

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.

...well said torch...our GM should be ....ah...commended?...congratulated?...lauded? damn...

what's the word ...

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#49 Maverick
June 26 2011, 11:07AM
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Beer one is done to celebrate!! :-) I havent had a beer this early since I was in my 20's LOL.

With Smyth back and Hall in the fold to handle all the media heavy lifting, maybe Hemsky signs long term?? He no longer is the face of the team and can leave the media attention to the other two. Hmm.

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#50 Skidplate
June 26 2011, 11:09AM
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@Maverick

Good point. Could happen.

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