Ryan Smyth is still a member of the Edmonton Oilers. But yesterday, prior to the NHL trade deadline, Smyth’s situation was in doubt. Oilers General Manager Craig MacTavish said that the Oilers explored trading Smyth to a cup contender so that he may have the opportunity at playing in the playoffs and making a run at a championship.
However, any possible trade did not occur and Smyth will lace up the skates tonight for the Oilers. That’s not a bad thing for Smyth, who says he loves the city and wants to eventually make Edmonton his family’s home after hockey.
“Emotional,” Smyth said of yesterday’s experience. “Obviously, I’m still wearing an Oilers uniform so that’s a good thing. Mac and I had a discussion, as you guys have known from his report. He was going to try and get me to a contender and I appreciated that but it didn’t work out. I came back here for a reason. Obviously, it was to be in the playoffs and in the hunt but that hasn’t happened in the last three years. As a player, you want to have that opportunity and Mac gave me that opportunity, or tried to, but it didn’t succeed.”