GDB Wrap Up: Canucks @ Oilers

baggedmilk
April 12 2014 10:59PM

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WE DID IT! Ryan Smyth was wearing the C! Well done, Nation! *standing ovation* Final Score: 5-2 Oilers

For 1270 games Ryan Smyth battled his way through the NHL and played with everything he had. Whether the team was battling for a playoff spot or finishing up another lottery season, you knew what you were going to get from #94 - hard work and an honest effort.  Ol' Smytty scored 386 goals and most of them were from within a few feet (read inches) of the goal line. He was one of those players that you couldn't help but admire because of his work ethic, willingness to sacrifice, and ability to put the team first.

Ryan Smyth was the heart and soul of this franchise. Whether he was parking himself in front of the net or picking his teeth up off the ice in the playoffs, Smytty gave it his all. He was never the biggest or fastest guy on the ice, but you knew you could always count on him to get the job done, and for that I thank him. He will go down as one of the greatest Oilers ever, and I'll miss him. We salute you, Smytty. Thanks for the memories. I couldn't be happier that he ended his career as an Oilers captain. Thank you, Ryan Smyth.

Oh yeah, and the Oilers won. Cool!

Let's wrap up it..

The Bright Side

  • #SMYTTYFORCAPTAIN WORKED! Thank you to everyone that RTd and Tweeted for us!
  • Shout out to Andrew Ference for passing along the 'C' to Smytty. He made a lot of fans tonight
  • The fans showed Smytty all the love he deserves. It was awesome to see
  • Ben Scrivens we speak your name!
  • Canucks came out to pay respect to Ryan Smyth and I admire that

The Face Palmers

  • My man tears prevented me from watching big chunks of the game
  • Alex Edler and Ryan Kesler doing everything they can to maintain douche status
  • Draft Whiners are upset with the win

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THANK YOU, SMYTTY!



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#1 mackb
April 12 2014, 11:06PM
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Thanks Smytty.

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#2 Rocket
April 12 2014, 11:06PM
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Nice wrap up 'milk.

It might be too early to know but are you going to do the game day wrap ups next season as well?

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#3 mackb
April 12 2014, 11:07PM
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Oh. And booooooo Jean shorts.

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#5 2004Z06
April 12 2014, 11:09PM
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As much as I hate the Canucks, that was a classy move.

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#6 Mr common sense
April 12 2014, 11:10PM
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Classy guy. Amazing that the Oil management didn't do more, a speech or give him a silver stick or something. Cheap move

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#7 hallsyoilerforever5
April 12 2014, 11:10PM
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That was emotional to the end. Smytty deserves to have his name up the rafters. Respect to the canucks for the classy handshake as well. 94 forever.

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#8 vetinari
April 12 2014, 11:10PM
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End of a season, end of a career... thanks Smytty and all the best to you and your family.

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#9 Taylor Gang
April 12 2014, 11:13PM
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Don't cry... You're tough man... Dammit don't do it

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#10 Rocket
April 12 2014, 11:15PM
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Haha I watched the after game presser and Smyth called the twins in Vancouver "Sundins".

Ataboy Smytty!

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#11 michael
April 12 2014, 11:16PM
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Were #28.Thanks boys. Thanks Smytty for a night to remember. Best trade Tambo ever made.

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#12 kale
April 12 2014, 11:16PM
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Think I will nominate Baggedmilk for oilernation's rookie of the year for always delivering winners

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#13 JSR
April 12 2014, 11:25PM
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Yep, the Oilers didn't do themselves any favors by winning the game. Kudos to Smytty, though...

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#14 YFC Prez
April 12 2014, 11:31PM
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When Smitty broke out in tears on the bench with 2 minutes left that was it for me.

I wonder if there was ever a time with so many grown men Simultaneously fighting back tears at the same time in northern Alberta.

# what a career

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#15 oil leak
April 12 2014, 11:32PM
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JSR wrote:

Yep, the Oilers didn't do themselves any favors by winning the game. Kudos to Smytty, though...

Come on, if the last four years have shown us anything our draft position isn't going to help our results next year.

We have built our team through the draft time for mact to do the rest with trades and ufas

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#16 Dougie735
April 12 2014, 11:32PM
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Oilers can't win when they need to... can't tank when they should.

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#17 ThatButthurtOilersFan
April 12 2014, 11:37PM
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I swear if somebody disses Smytty in this thread, I'm going to kill somebody. DNS addresses are a beautiful thing.

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#18 oil leak
April 12 2014, 11:38PM
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Again..... our draft position over the last 4 years has been wildly successful. Like drafting 1st or 4th is going to make a huge difference. Time to trade and sign the rest of our team success depends on it

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#19 YFC Prez
April 12 2014, 11:41PM
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Sweet jebus.

For all you complaining about moving up from 29 to 28

3 first overalls in a row now! Do you really think one spot in this years draft is going to affect this team?

There is no Messiah in this years draft that's going to fix this team. Time for Mac T to show us all what he's got. Trades and ufa's , Time to balance out this roster.

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#20 D
April 12 2014, 11:45PM
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Will miss him a lot. It was nice to see Oiler fans having a chance to say goodbye on the ice to one of our hockey heroes (instead of on television viewing a press conference). Smyth might have been the first. Farewell Ryan. Thanks for the memories.

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#21 wellsy
April 12 2014, 11:51PM
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ThatButthurtOilersFan wrote:

I swear if somebody disses Smytty in this thread, I'm going to kill somebody. DNS addresses are a beautiful thing.

Sounds like a death threat on a public forum. In this day and age, you may want to be careful with statements like that. Just sayin'

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#22 dave
April 13 2014, 12:05AM
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On rhh 's goal. Why are they any assists? The defenseman shot the puck off him

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#23 Oilerboy1112
April 13 2014, 12:53AM
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Ryan Smyth has always been my most favourite player, it's hard to see him retire.

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#24 Danger Pay
April 13 2014, 01:19AM
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Best ending to an Oilers season in the last 24 years!

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#25 bazmagoo
April 13 2014, 01:23AM
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Players drafted top 4 of their draft class are generally all studs, for all the whiners out there complaining.

Do I think it's possible the "brain trust" could mess up a top 4 pick, yes that's definitely possible. But for crying out loud, it isn't working as others have said. We've got a decent core but only Hall is elite so far.

8 years straight missing the playoffs, only 2 away from tying the all time NHL record. UNACCEPTABLE!

Thanks for bringing class, grit, skill and everything in between Smytty! You will be missed.

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#26 bazmagoo
April 13 2014, 01:42AM
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Captain Canada indeed - from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ryan_Smyth

He played a record 90 games for Hockey Canada while becoming the only player in hockey history to win gold in all of Olympics, World Cup, World Championships (2x), World Juniors, and Spengler Cup.

"Only player in hockey history" - that's got a pretty nice ring to it.

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#27 geeker99
April 13 2014, 01:46AM
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Well thank god they won that game for Smytty. A lot respect shown for a player that was not blessed with blinding talent but gave all he had when he had it. I prey that the core of this team took in how loved you can be in just effort that you bring night in , night out.

For the fans at the game tonight , hats off for the class that gave and to the season tix holders that must of been a nice gift to another tough season.

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#28 bazmagoo
April 13 2014, 02:11AM
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The only players who have been real busts as top 4 picks over the last 10 years are pretty much all defencemen. Not saying Ekblad won't be a great player, he will likely be pretty awesome. But it's not guaranteed he will be a difference maker, nor is it guaranteed he'll be available at 2nd overall.

Cam Barker was a definite bust, Thomas Hickey & Erik Gudbranson could both likely be debated as busts even though they are still in the NHL. Only forward drafted in the top 4 pver the last 10 years who could really be debated as being a disappointment is Benoit Pouliot, and he scores at 0.5 points per game. What I wouldn't do for 3-4 more forwards who score at that rate on the Oilers.

Whoever the Oilers get will be a difference maker, but to be relying on 1st round draft picks to be the saviour of a franchise just ain't working in Oil Country. There is no debating that fact.

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#29 ETownBeatDown
April 13 2014, 02:27AM
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#30 Crispy
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YFC Prez wrote:

Sweet jebus.

For all you complaining about moving up from 29 to 28

3 first overalls in a row now! Do you really think one spot in this years draft is going to affect this team?

There is no Messiah in this years draft that's going to fix this team. Time for Mac T to show us all what he's got. Trades and ufa's , Time to balance out this roster.

This year is different. If we miss out on Eckblad because of leapfrogging Florida, we could be kicking ourselves in a few years. I want Eckblad, but this could be alright if we draft a future 2C who actually has a clue how to play defence. Let's hope we don't have to debate the value of winning meaningless wins next season!

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#31 pkam
April 13 2014, 02:35AM
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Dougie735 wrote:

Oilers can't win when they need to... can't tank when they should.

This is Smyth's farewell game, how can we not try out best to win? You are not an Oilers fan if you think one draft position is more important than a win tonight.

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#32 Kypreos
April 13 2014, 02:36AM
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ETownBeatDown wrote:

Think smitty should be an assistant next year

How fitting would that be? That seems to be the answer in Edmonton, give him a position in management. Good idea!

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#33 Crispy
April 13 2014, 02:55AM
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Obviously the oilers should never intentionally lose. But one draft position could be more important than a win tonight! Especially near the top of the draft. If Chicago had lost a few more games in 2003 they could have drafted Malkin 2nd overall instead of Cam Barker with the third pick... I'll know if this win was worth it in a few years.

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#34 pelhem grenville
April 13 2014, 06:06AM
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"...but this oiler team MUST be better at the art of the tank and lose haplessly...pleeease!!! ... if oilers win and cbus beat the panthers oilers sacrifice 4.6 % odds from 2nd last to 3rd last in the lottery and *uckup a chance for numero uno overall A G A I N !!!

signed

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EDIT : oh ya forgot...gawd bless all things ryan smyth

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#35 Tank
April 13 2014, 06:07AM
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In watching the on ice officials and the Canucks congratulate Smytty it made me wonder what was going through Taylor Hall's mind watching that.

Taylor has all the tools physically and emotionally to be in the top 10 scorers at age 22 on a very bad team. Maybe he can learn from Smyth what can happen early and at the end of your career when you give respect and play the right way. You will receive respect. Hall's outbursts of temper will not pay dividends in the long run and a lesson can and should be learned about r*e*s*p*e*c*t.

Smyth's legacy in that regard hopefully lingers in the atmosphere surrounding the Oil.

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#36 Anton CP
April 13 2014, 06:16AM
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I am so tired for peoples complain about winning. If for a single game that players on ice weren't trying to win, they will always be losers. Just because that they can't win on more consistent bases doesn't mean that they should just lose. If any of fans wish this team to lose under any circumstances then the horrible sucking team is what that you deserved.

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#37 pelhem grenville
April 13 2014, 06:17AM
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oil leak wrote:

Come on, if the last four years have shown us anything our draft position isn't going to help our results next year.

We have built our team through the draft time for mact to do the rest with trades and ufas

...I'm with you...trade the pick

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#38 Batfink
April 13 2014, 07:22AM
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The trouble tanking.....the problem is this: You can tank a game, a series, a league, particularly one where relegation is not an issue. You can virtually guarantee you will lose.

What happens when you decide it's time to start winning? Where's the switch for that? Doesn't the other 29 teams have a say? I'm pretty sure they all think they should win too.

That's why you ALWAYS play to win. Because as we all know, losing is an awful habit to break.

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#39 madjam
April 13 2014, 07:33AM
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A nice ending to the season . Thanks Smytty for the memories .

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#40 wot96
April 13 2014, 07:59AM
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From a Flames fan, thank you Ryan Smyth for your many years in the league and leading Canada internationally with so much success. Truly a class act.

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#41 Spydyr
April 13 2014, 08:00AM
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Thanks for the memories Smytty.

28th it is.If I never have to cheer for the Oilers to lose again for draft position that would be great.

Enough of being out by Halloween.Mac-T make the trades to balance this team.It is time to start moving forward instead of backwards.

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#42 Edsez
April 13 2014, 08:18AM
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Thanks Smytty ... I hope to see an announcement this summer of a continuing role with the Oilers organization for you

It was a memorable game with the tears and the cheers, the 1st line was strong, Scrivens was great and even the AHL guys didn't look out of place

Let's hope this season-ending thumping of the Canucks becomes a tradition

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#43 Loweblows
April 13 2014, 08:29AM
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They should have had a 2 part ending to the game. The first part dedicated to honouring Smyth. The second half to boo the oilers off the ice with Smyth off the ice.

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#44 God
April 13 2014, 08:42AM
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If Smytty was a soldier, he'd have a jacket covered in medals. He went to the tough areas and took the pain for his teammates. He'd get stitched up in the trenches rather than wasting time in the dressing room. I hope his enthusiasm imprints on his former teammates.

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#45 brad
April 13 2014, 09:02AM
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They should have had a 2 part ending to the game. The first part dedicated to honouring Smyth. The second half to boo the oilers off the ice with Smyth off the ice.

Smytty let the team save face and not have to go through being booed off the ice for the last game of the season...

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#46 Oiler Al
April 13 2014, 09:05AM
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Was a emotional and timely send off. Well done.

A testament to character of the man, beyond what he contributed as a player , when on ice officials wrap there arms around the guy and The Canucks come back on the ice to recognize Smythy.

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#47 Oiler Al
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Was a emotional and timely send off. Well done.

A testament to character of the man, beyond what he contributed as a player , when on ice officials wrap there arms around the guy and The Canucks come back on the ice to recognize Smythy.

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#48 otto
April 13 2014, 09:23AM
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Ryan Smith was a class act and the only Oiler I liked.Team Canada should glue mullets into all the helmets as a tribute.

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#49 admiralmark
April 13 2014, 09:27AM
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JSR wrote:

Yep, the Oilers didn't do themselves any favors by winning the game. Kudos to Smytty, though...

I think the favour they did was to show some pride and win for Smytty.

For the draft watchers out there.. They could of lost Smyttys last game and sewn up 2nd overall pick and then lost the lottery and ended up 3rd pick anyways. So don't sweat 1 position in the draft.

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#50 Spydyr
April 13 2014, 09:36AM
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admiralmark wrote:

I think the favour they did was to show some pride and win for Smytty.

For the draft watchers out there.. They could of lost Smyttys last game and sewn up 2nd overall pick and then lost the lottery and ended up 3rd pick anyways. So don't sweat 1 position in the draft.

In about five years we will see how important that one draft position was or was not.

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