Ryan Smyth traded to the Oilers for basically a draft pick

Ryan Smyth is about to test the theory that you can’t go home again.

In a deal that came together after the Calgary Flames are believed to have entered the race, the Oilers agreed to send Gilbert Brule and a fourth round draft pick to the Kings in exchange for Captain Canada.

Brule, a center, is under contract for one more year and is most likely headed to Manchester next season or will bought out.  He was a first round draft pick of the Columbus Blue Jackets back in 2005 and was traded to the Oilers in 2008.

At this point, his talents – even though seven goals in 41 games last season aren’t bad numbers – are probably not enough to crack the roster in Los Angeles. Thus, all of Smyth’s salary comes off the books and frees up GM Dean Lombardi‘s budget just a week before NHL free agency opens up next Friday.

Smyth, a left wing, was a top goal and point producer for the Kings this season.  So, his departure creates a real hole in coach Terry Murray’s offense.  Expect the Kings to be active in the weeks to come while looking for a solution.

The fourth round draft pick is probably still in play too. They don’t call him ‘Dealer Dean’ for nothing. Past drafts suggest at some point Lombardi will package two picks to move up and grab a player he really wants.

With the Kings not having a first rounder tonight – and not expected to go after one – most of their draft related news is expected to come tomorrow morning during rounds two through seven.

For a look back at key moments in Smyth’s career – including his very first NHL game, played between the Oilers and Kings at the Forum in Inglewood – check out this article I did with him earlier this season.

[update:  Although neither team has confirmed the trade yet, Don Meehan (Smyth's agent) confirmed it to Yahoo Sports Canada]

{update 2: There are a variety of issues holding up this deal. Brule’s health, the draft pick coming to LA, etc. Also, some are reporting that Calgary has re-entered the race. Smyth did agree to waive his no-trade clause yesterday to go to Edmonton.  It’s not known at this time if he also agreed to any deal involving Calgary.  Stay tuned.]

The Mayor
www.twitter.com/MayorNHL
www.facebook.com/MayorsManor

Recent Articles

Stars Kings Nov 2014 hockey NHL

In the Room: Kings and Stars talk 5-4 win by Dallas

Following the Kings wild 5-4 loss to the host Dallas Stars on Saturday night, here is what was being said in both locker rooms: Kings Head Coach Darryl Sutter on the team’s play in the first period: “I think we both had great opportunities in the first period. They scored on theirs and we didn’t. [...]

Stars Dallas NHL hockey

Puck Probability: Odds for Kings at Stars, November 22

With the Kings set to complete their three-game season series with the Stars in Dallas on Saturday night, we have our first return guest here on the Puck Probability series. Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News was so much fan last time around, he’s back to help us close out the set between these [...]

Seguin Stars

Things You May Not Know: Kings-Stars Finale Edition

This is it. In just about a three-week span, the Kings and Stars will have completed their three-game season series. Dallas, fresh off their Friday trade with the Sharks – where they sent defenseman Brenden Dillon to San Jose in exchange for defenseman Jason Demers and a third-round selection in the 2016 NHL Draft – [...]

Major News Items

Zykov NHL LA Kings

LA Kings 2014-15 Prospect Rankings: The Coveted Top 5

With the Honorable Mentions and Nos. 6-10 prospects previously revealed in other articles, we’re now prepared to share the final five players making up the latest edition of our L.A. Kings Top 10 Prospect Rankings. The … [Read More...]

More Prospect News