Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Oilers Trade Heart and Soul - Ryan Smyth to the Islanders

Wow, the Edmonton Oilers made a move reminiscent of the mid 90's when year in and year out they traded their best talent away. The latest is Ryan Smyth.... I like most Oilers fans am truly shocked by this move... unless that is the Oilers will be trying to get Ryan back after July 1 when he becomes a UFA.

Unable to reach a long-term deal with their heart-and-soul player, the Edmonton Oilers instead traded Ryan Smyth to the New York Islanders for prospects Ryan O'Marra and Robert Nilsson and the Islanders' first-round pick in 2007.

Oilers President and CEO, Patrick LaForge asked that fans remain objective when considering the deal, "This was about the Oilers staying true to a plan. I know our hockey strategy is sound," said LaForge.

The move came as a surprise to many of Smyth's long-time teammates.

"It's shocking," said Oilers captain Jason Smith. "Being a teammate of Ryan's for numerous years and knowing what a great competitor he is, obviously that is someone you don't want to see leave your team."

A very disappointing day for Edmonton Oilers fans. Good luck Ryan. See you in the summer.

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