OFFICIAL: RYAN SMYTH TRADE COMPLETE & TAMBELLINI STILL SUCKS
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!