It’s all over but the crying.

Helene Elliott reports that the Ryan Smyth trade is finally complete. He went to the Oilers like he wanted and the Kings received Colin Fraser and a 7th round pick in 2012. I shut down on this trade after I heard (and read) about Steve Tambellini’s antics – there is a job as a snake oil salesman waiting for him if the whole NHL GM thing doesn’t work out. Who cares, it’s over. Let’s move forward.

Smyth is gone. We have a hole at left wing. Dean Lombardi will fill it. Bank on it.

To Colin Fraser. If his name sounds familiar, it’s because he won a Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks. That season, he had 7 goals and 12 assists for 19 points. Last season, with the Oilers, he played 67 games and only managed 3 goals and 2 assists. He has good size. 6’1″, 193 pounds. Colin plays center. He is 26 years old. He was initially drafted by Philadelphia (which made me chuckle for obvious reasons) in 2003, in the 3rd round.

A depth player? Yes and likely Manchester bound as we have a lot of depth at center (damn, it feels good to finally say that). I haven’t checked yet but if he has to clear waivers, I doubt Lombardi is going to sweat too much. He is going into his last year of a contract. He will make $825,000.00.

So, this nonsensical soap opera finally comes to an end. I am pretty annoyed at Ryan Smyth but, most importantly, it’s now irrelevant to our future and the LA Kings have over $5.2 million dollars more money to spend as of this minute. Once Colin is gone, that will be the full $6.2 million which will put the Kings…wait, is this right? We have $16 million dollars in cap space right now? It’s early, I am still tired but if I am seeing that right then, hoo freaking rah. After Doughty is signed, we should have around $10 million dollars to shop for wingers…or two. GO KINGS!

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9 replies

  1. So our biggest needs are Size (or at least a heavy stick) on Stolls Right, and a swing’n Di** on Richards left. Then we can release the hounds and go to work.

  2. Question: I’m happy Smyth is not going to go down in infamy (like Rob Blake), but why did he play dumb and say he didn’t know what they were talking about, when they asked him about if he asked to be traded? It’s not a secret anymore that he did. Kind of bothers me that he lied. Seems like the little white one he told was to protect his own interests.

    Or did I get it wrong again? Too much drama.

    • If you think about it, did Smyth even lie? I believe what happened was that someone called Smyth and told him about MacKenzie’s first article, and to THAT Smyth’s response was “first I’ve heard about it.”. Probably was the first he’d heard of the article,… The content of the article is another matter…

      Definitely coy and playing dumb in a sense, but if I remember the interview correctly, he didn’t necessarily lie.

      • Here’s the Smyth quote:

        “Holy cow … that’s the first I’ve heard of that,” Smyth said in an interview. “I have not asked for a trade. I have a year left on my contract. We’ve got some good things here,” said Smyth, who wouldn’t rule out a return here in the summer of 2012 as an unrestricted free-agent, but that’s if the Oilers wanted him.

        Not tell me again how you don’t think he lied? We know he did it to try and protect the Kings and the trade value, but he did lie to the reporter. Just like Dean lied to Hammond about the Williams trade.

  3. I think Smyth lied to protect the Kings. He’s a classy guy and knew that if the info leaked, Lombardi’s leverage would be nil. He also probably didn’t want to look like a putz, but he’s earned the right not to have his legacy sullied. As far as I’m concerned, this is a good thing for the Kings. Cap space is a very valuable asset.

    Next step, re-sign Drew before July 1 and concentrate on filling the LW hole after.

  4. This isn’t anything pertaining to this article in anyway, but I was talking with a fan on the phone (puck73), and I told him I would leave him a link to this article here. .

    I should of just e-mailed it to him, but I’m an idiot sometimes.

  5. I guess I don’t understand what the rush was to trade him. When Smyth asked Dean for the trade, unless it was a medical situation, Dean should have told him that he would try to work something out but that it may not happen before the season started. I understand loyalty and that you want to do the right thing by a guy you respect but not at the cost of your team. Is this actually a benefit to the Kings by shedding Smyth’s contract or would they be better off with the player?


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