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.


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.



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?

  • What I DON’T buy here is that this situation is in any way educating the youngsters on their future with this organization.

    What it likely tells them is that the Oilers organization pay scale is performance – based.

    At this point, spending too much money on a player with clearly waning performance because of sentiment is the last thing we need. For the Smyth team to value him more than Hejduk or Bertuzzi in money and/or term is hard to swallow. The only team in the league who would pay more than value for Smyth is Edmonton.

    I love Smytty. Love his heart. But if a 29th place team is ONCE AGAIN at an impass with a veteran’s salary, I think the tie – breaker is the fact that Smyth is not a game changer anymore.

    29th place. That should end the discussion.

  • striker777

    Ryan has msde a lot of money abf if he doesnt get greedy, might actually stick around to see this team win. We’ll need the cash to re-sign our 1-st rounders, Smitty.

  • Cru Jones

    Enough with playing the violin for Smyth. The guy was much loved in a past life, but it’s becoming ever more apparent that he’s not quite the team guy that he’s been made out to be. He ties his former GM’s hands by asking for a trade BACK to the team he couldn’t come to terms with earlier in his career, and now he’s complaining that they’re not going to pay him enough? Remind me again where he’s getting his bargaining power from?

  • Costanza

    Smyth may have been a good Oiler but he has had some bad moments….like this one. He has constantly been overvalued and my case in point is Thomas Holmstrom who did a comparable job was more disliked on the ice and judging by the two contract squabbles was a better “TEAM” guy.

  • justDOit

    I’m not sure about painting mgmt as the only culprits in this negotiation. What I see is an agent who is using a promise from an owner to try and get a deal that is above the market comparable.

    Didn’t Hejduk just sign an extension for about $2M per season?