GOOD SMYTH, BAD TAMBO, GREAT DRAFT PARTY

 

Last offseason Ryan Smyth made it known he wanted to be traded from the LA Kings to the team where it all began – our beloved Edmonton Oilers. Daryl "Kay-Z" Katz got personally involved to make his wish a reality, telling Smyth that if he came back to Edmonton he would remain an Oiler for the rest of his career.

One summer later the Kings are in the Cup Final, the Oilers are picking first overall for the third year in a row and the Smyth and Katz and Co are miles apart on a deal.

Poor ol’ Smytty.

WHAT’S THE BUSINESS?

You gotta think that if the dashing young Devil with the jaunty moustache doesn’t have the most productive summer of his career he may be on the outside looking in quicker than you can say "back-to-back-to-back-to-back first pick overall."

A hole ridden defensive corps, unaddressed team toughness and (insert commonly acknowledged problems 1-155 here) remain at the top of everyone’s to do list outside of the impossibly quiet Oilers offices.

The good news in the contract negotiations is that both parties are in total agreement that the "Player" in the contract is "Ryan Smyth" and the "Team" is the "Edmonton Oilers." That just leaves the term of the contract, the amount of money to be paid and every other facet open to screaming negotiation.

We are sure that Hall, The Nuge and Eberle are watching how the Oil are treating the legend who has given everything to the team with close interest. On the eve of being asked to show loyalty to the club in their own contract negotiations they are getting a good preview of how their own battles with the current regime will proabably unfold.

Great.

DRAFT PARTY

What do you do when the 100 man GM committee of the team don’t get their act together and you finish 2nd last and then win 1st pick overall in the draft lottery again? Well here at NationHQ you decide to have another Draft Party in a row at everyone’s favourite bar The Pint Downtown.

And if you are having a 1st pick party for the the 3rd year in a row you are probably starting to get pretty good at it. This year we are pulling out all of the stops – a cup winning Oiler legend will be in the house, there are gonna be a boatload of sick auction prizes and oh yeah – 100 Nation Gear T-Shirts will be for sale on a one time only basis.

What are we doing with all the money raised? We are gonna shoot to gather together $2,500 to feed 10,000 children in Afrtica through Earth Group – an awesome local charity that deserves all of the support we can muster in the coming months.

We will tell you more exciting details in the weeks to come but mark it down on your calendar for the time being will ya?

  • DSF

    Ryan Smyth had the second highest number of ES goals on the Oilers with 15.

    Ales ($5M a year) Hemsky had 9.

    That’s right…9.

    Smyth had 38 ES points.

    Hemsky had all of 27.

    Not re-signing Smyth while coughing up $5M a year for Hemsky would be monumentally stupid on the Oilers’ part.

    That’s what will likely happen.

    • Hemsky: Age 28

      Smyth: Age 37

      This is the reason the Hemsky signing was not a big risk. Hemsky will still be a trade-able asset at 30. Smith at 39? Not so much.

      You can point to any stats last year that you want – Smyth was not the only player on the team that stunk. But he was the oldest.

      Deciding to keep Hemsky at 28 is as different from the Smyth situation as it gets.

  • I’m not disagreeing with the dollar figures being thrown around…. $2Mill for 1 or 2 yrs…. maybe bonus, etc. BUT I’ve read in the MSM that Smyth was offered that already and has turned it down.

    If Don Meehan is looking for $4Mill for 3 yrs. or something like that, he’s taking advantage of our sentiment for Smyth AND our nightmares we still have over letting him walk last time.

    I love Smyth’s heart but I watched him lose as an Oiler a lot more than I ever watched him win as one.
    Anybody watching the last half of last season who thinks he’s worth more than Bertuzzi must be married to him or working for him.

    Oilers pay should be performance – based. We need to stop signing contracts based on potential, and base some of them on NOW.

    • DSF

      Everything you say about Smyth applies equally to Hemsky.

      If Oilers pay is “performance based”, Smyth outperformed Hemsky by a wide margin.

      Why is one worth $5M and the other isn’t?

      • So I guess they’re the same age and at the place in their careers? They’re both retired in 2 years?

        Same hands and future potential?

        IMHO we can replace Smyth for $2 Mill. We can replace Hemsky for $3.5.
        Yes we overpaid for him, but to say they’re the same is a bit silly.

        Who has the potential to still be on the team and instrumental in a cup run? Hemsky is young enough to bounce back. Smyth is not. THATs the difference.

  • DSF

    I like Smytty too, and was happy with his request to return home. Nobody ever expected him to get traded, and nobody ever expected him to come back. I think everyone was happy to see him return to the Oilers line up, and all of us had full expectations that he would retire here. That almighty dollar, being the root of all evil, may once again be the reason he leaves town. The differences this time, would be that now we half expect to see him walk, and we won’t cry over it again. I bet he is kicking himself in the arse right now for asking the Kings to release him to us. My perception of him has changed since the regular season ended. I think his heart is in hockey,, but not necessarily the Oilers. This is one conclusion about Ryan Smyth I didn’t think I’d have. I’m still holding out hope that he agrees to a contract with us. In the meantime life in Oilerland goes on, and we have great stars in the making.

  • Smyth will screw it all up and then expect us all to feel sorry for screwing it up.
    Boo-hoo.

    The Oilers’ future is more important than a former player in the twilight of his career.

  • If Temmu Selanne can wait to be last in signing with Anaheim and accept one year deals – then still provide tremendous offence at his age – then so should Smyth.

    No favours – in fact don’t see how he even fits on the 4th line.

    when he asks for 3 M then save yourself 2.9 M and just hold him a very nice ceremonial kiss off.

  • See what happens when an owner sticks his nose into “hockey operations”. Katz offered that Smyth would be a OIler for the rest of his career. I guess he forgot to tell him that his career is over this year.Seriously, his worth is
    $2.5 mil one year plus $1.mil in bonuses. 2nd. year team option.Your spending $11 mil a season on Hemsky and Horcoff, not to mention Habbys #3.5
    I can see Meehans point. Problem as usual is OIlers are consistant with what they do.

  • @ DSF:

    If I were actually trying to predict what Brown would do in the regular season next year, I’d look at what he did after Sutter’s hiring this year. In 48 regular season games, he scored 15 times and added 21 assists; over a full season that projects to 26 goals, 36 assists and 62 points. The goal totals are a little high because his shooting percentage has been a little better than career average; adjust it back to career levels with the same shot totals and we end up with a 21-goal, 36-assist season. My expectation is that he finishes more or less in the same ballpark next season as he did this season.

    Naturally, you’d prefer to start counting at the hat-trick and toss in the playoff results (where he’s been very good) for good measure. I think that’s cherry-picking to prove a point, which in my experience is your preferred way to argue.

    But that’s okay. Ultimately, only time will tell. A year from now, if Brown scores 30 goals and the Panthers win their division, you can remind us all how brilliant you were. If neither of those things happen, be sure to remind us of that too.

  • OIL4LIFE

    @ DSF:

    Hey I was just thinking, does that mean that on a better team with a more offensive coach. That Eberle is a 60 goal 140 point man?

    I am just asking because both arguments are never going to be proven.

    Brown is a very good player, but he is not the cream of the league.