End Of An Era

Dear Ryan Smyth,

Even as a diehard Canuck fan, I was shocked and heartbroken to see you traded from the Edmonton Oilers. You epitomized everything a great hockey player is: all heart, great scorer, ultimate team player, willing to sacrifice your body for the greater good.

You always did what was best for your team, be it the Oil or Team Canada. Your coach could have told you to play goal without pads and you would have gladly done it, if it meant a better chance to win for your team.

I hope (correction: I know) Oiler fans will salute you, Smitty, in a way befitting your stature: as one of the best Oilers of all time. Your postponing any comments till Wednesday to avoid any distractions from the Mark Messier ceremonies is a final act of true class and symbolic of Ryan Smyth’s persona.

Good luck Ryan Smyth, here’s hoping you find the success you deserve. You can play on my team anyday.

Sincerely,
True Hockey Fans Anywhere


32 Responses to End Of An Era

  1. TheDugg1er says:

    Too true. I'm a Diehard Nuks fan and hate the Oilers and Flames, but Smyth is my fav Oil by far. He is the true definition of a Canadian hockey player. Hopefully he can lead the Isles to a impressive playoff run, (And then get smoked by the Nuks in the final πŸ˜€  )

  2. BieksaForMVP says:

    There hasn't been a trade like this since the Gretzky deal. Heatley is a better player then Smyth, Hossa is better then Smyth, hell Smyth isn't even compareable to those guys, but those guys don't have what Smyth has. Heatley, and Hossa have heart, but he should be consider the great leader ever (maybe not better then Messier). This is shocking.

  3. MACH9ER says:

    single tear, now i know what it was like when anna nicole passed on for americans….. too soon?

  4. Oil-Life says:

    thank you, as a die hard oiler fan it was like a kick to the teeth to find out the face of our franchise got traded today….i was heart broken and felt like the ownership didnt really care about the fans and what they wanted.  good to know that some nuck fans are behind us here, and i hope all the best toyou in the playoffs, since it doesnt look like we are so determined to make it.

    thanks.

  5. UWSensFan says:

    When I read the first rumour of Smitty's trade, I refused to believe it.  I didn't WANT to believe it.  It couldn't be true, I was telling myself, that the face of the Oil had been traded.  Then, when I realized that all the major news agencies were reporting it, I was saddened, both for Smyth and for Oilers fans everywhere.  What a travesty.

    Ryan, you are one of my favorite players and a class act to the end.  As an Oilers fan, I would like to thank you for the memories.  As a Canadian, I would like to thank you for everything you have done for our great Country on the international stage, and I want you to know this: so long as you play, my Team Canada will always include Captain Canada, regardless of what anyone else says.

    I wish you all of the best with the Islanders, and I'll be cheering for you (again) when they come visit my Senators at Scotiabank Place.

  6. farmer says:

    This transcends club rivalry. Ryan Smyth, whether you love the Oil or another team, epitomizes what you look for in not only a hockey player but in a human being. It doesn't matter which team you cheer for, if you are a true hockey fan you will mourn the loss of Ryan Smyth from his true team.

    This truelly speaks volumes for Ryan Smyth in all aspects. How many players out there would evoke such emotions? How many players would make fans stand back and salute, despite their life-long allegiances to rival teams.

    Once more, I'm a diehard Canuck fan. Always has been (from many parts of the world via internet) and always will be. Still, I count myself lucky to have witnessed some of Ryan Smyth's achievements and give thanks despite the utter heartbreak to one who gives much, much more than he receives.

    Kudos, Mr.Smyth. And THANK YOU!!!

  7. senators101 says:

    Here Here!

  8. farmer says:

    As a Canuck fan personally, I'm shocked and heartbroken. Smyth deserved better, Oil fans deserved better, Canadian hockey fans deserved better.

    I understand Lowe wanting to get something for Smyth, IN THEORY. We lost Jovonovski for nothing to free agency without even making the playoffs the final year. BUT… you didn't see Colorado trading Sakic, or Detroit when Yzerman was a pending free agent. These players earned this courtesy through blood, sweat and tears. The similarities: all extremely class players who personified their respective clubs. The difference: Lowe blinked and did the unthinkable, whereas the others did the right thing and showed their players their earned respect.

    I gave KLowe the benefit of the doubt going into the deadline, and I realize this must not have been an easy decision. In  fact, this was probably  the hardest professional decision he has had to make. However, YOU MAKE IT HAPPEN, NO MATTER THE COST!!! You sign Ryan Smyth, period!

    I don't know what else to say. Even as a diehard fan of a rival club, tonight I feel heartbroken. I can not imagine what the true Oil faithful are going through.

    My condolences.

  9. kamullia says:

    This post is the equivalent to the worst +/- in the league. Why attack the entire American nation on something completely unrelated? How childish.

    You would be best served by not posting such things and concentrating inward into your more personal development, like say…growing your first pubic hair?

  10. kamullia says:

    I feel very sorry for all Oil fans, because more than a contributor and player, to me Smyth was the heart of the Edmonton Oilers.  On the trade deadline, a team lost their heart, and when anyone loses heart, it is always a very sad moment.  No matter who they are.

    Here is to hoping the Oilers and the Oil nation can recover soon from this.

  11. farmer says:

    Ahhh Kumilia,
    You are fats becoming my favourite poster. That was brilliat. I was contemplating a remark, but thought it wasn't worth it. However, you have definatlely summarized our thoughts on this post.
    Well Done!!!

  12. prayin-for-the-wce says:

    Its like losing Trevor Linden all over again, but for edmonton instead of vancouver.  Say good bye to the playoffs for at least 2 years.  They may end up with better talent in the long run,  but for the next 4-5 years they will have a very hard time forgiving k-lowe.  But then again, Vancouver ended up winning the linden deal in the end.. so we'll see how it goes with E-town.

  13. leafs-man says:

    I am a die-hard leaf fan but I am so sad to see Smyth go. On a night that was sopposed to be a happy night with Messier's jersey retierment, but it was sad. He is the club's longest serving player and they called him captin Oiler. A 3-0 loss to the coyotes didn't help either. Oiler fans are now sitting at home, in a sad mood. All with broken hearts. That's all

  14. jimbojones123 says:

    What is the fussing about — this is great. Awesome post!

  15. jimbojones123 says:

    From a long time Stars fan from Minnesota days, this is shattering. I remember ESPN reporting that after the lockout that Modano had signed with Boston for about 2-3 hours. I was really depressed and sad. Say what you want about the guy but it was a rough few hours.

    The one thing I can say for Smyth — at least it’s over. This thing has been dragging out longer then Luongo did. Edmonton finally “got off the pot”. Now Smyth can move on. Like somebody above said — you gave to get this done!

    This is a very sad day for one of the greatest “players” ever.

    Good luck Smyth! Sorry you had to go to Long Island.

  16. the_word says:

    Yawn, I love the hero worship for Symth but its becoming a bit much, they couldn't reach a deal so they traded him, happens all the time, get over it. They could even resign him this summer, what the Oil have done though, in the wake of Pronger and Smythe is put themselves in a position to be a really good team a few years down the line. Consider the alternative, sign Symth and be mediocre for the next few years. You're not making the playoffs anyway, you should welcome this deal.
    The real losers of this deal are Habs and Leafs fans, now that the Islanders are favorites to take one of the remaining playoffs spots in the East.

  17. Motherpucker says:

    Kevin Lowe should be shot in the head.  You cannot weigh the value Ryan Smyth brings in dollars and cents.  A long term deal should have been done long ago to keep him where he belongs.

    Enjoy, Islander fans.  You have a true rarity in professional sports (at least for the remainder of this season).

  18. bleedingblu says:

    This move doesn’t help the Leafs either. Lets face it, the Leafs and Habs are done this year. Unless Tucker and Perreault could lift this team. Even if by some miracle the Leafs make the playoffs…. it will be a quick first round.

  19. big_booty says:

    Dear Ryan Smith:

    Congratulations!  Welcome to the age-old fraternity of Hockey Players Who have been Shipped Out of Edmonton for Financial Reasons.  Your membership card will be forwarded to your new address on New York's Long Island.  As per our organization's charter, we expect you to sign the kinds of contracts in the future that most of the sports world knows would ever be doled out, or more importantly, could ever be afforded, by an NHL club located in a small Canadian market.

    (With a rookie GM, it shouldn't be that hard!)

    While we applaud all of your contributions to the Oilers and Team Canada over the years, along with your apparent loyalty to the franchise and its fans, we most appreciate your timely decision to accept the almighty dollar over those notions which you now know to be of the utmost trivial variety.  We, of all people, know that this can be a difficult revelation for one such as yourself, but please be patient and know that you absolutely made the right call for yourself, your family, your wine cellar, and your portfolio.

    We look forward to seeing you at our annual dinner (which this year will consist of Kobe beef, foie gras, black truffles, and 1975 Chateau Mouton Rothschild) followed by our golf tournament which will be held in Augusta, Georgia (you won't have to play on public courses ever again).  At the gala dance afterwards, our welcoming comittee will present your spouse with a new, freshly-clubbed baby seal fur coat as well as a laurel, and hardy handshake.

    Again, welcome, and should you ever need any assistance, you need only inform our president.  He is living proof that once you leave Edmonton, only good things can happen to you.  You may reach him via electronic mail at:

    jarri.kurri@screwedmonton.com

    Sincerely yours,

    Glen Sather
    Honorary Chairman, Wecloming Comittee

  20. TheDugg1er says:

    Wow… a little long winded there. And you blew it right off the bat. It's Smyth. Y NOT I that's what makes him special πŸ˜›

  21. TheDonkey says:

    To quote an old saying…

    He thought he was getting his first pubic hair but then he pissed out of it.

  22. TheDonkey says:

    As an Oiler fan, I hate to see Smyth leave.  The guy is all heart.

    But hey, he turned down 5 years at $5.4M.  That was fair offer from another guy who bleeds copper & blue – K Lowe.  I never thought the Oil would offer more than a 3 year deal so I am surprised that Smyth did not bite.

    At the end of the day, I think we get jaded by hearing all these big #'s all the time.  Here is a guy who at 31 has already earned $21M and had $27M more on the table if he wanted it.  If he wanted to stay so badly, I think he could have survived on that. 

    No differnt from Cujo who balled his eyes out about how much he loved it here but couldn't stay for a paltry $6M when there was $8M on the table from the Leafs.  If you love it so much, "suffer" on those meagre salaries and stay in town.

  23. PaulK123 says:

    The End Of An Era, reminded me of when Gretzky left. I am a Leafs fan but Smyth is one of my favorite players. I don't know about you guys but I want Kevin Lowe's head, anyone with me on going to Edmonton and raiding his office with AK47's?

  24. Oil-Life says:

    great comment, couldnt agree more bud….as an oiler fan i can honesly say GO NUKS in the 2007 playoffs…thanks for the support

  25. Oil-Life says:

    the oilers had offered smytty a 4 year deal, smyths agent wanted a 5.  the oilers offered him 5.2 million, smyths aget wanted 5.75…if anything i blame the oilers for not settling on one more year and a couple more thousand dollers, AND lets not forget don meehan who completly screwed up smytty, i bet you if ryan was negotiating this year like he did in the past, they would have settled on a deal

  26. snowybuttman says:

    WELL PUT, what Ryan brought to the game is in high demand and little supply. Ryan didnt just give his all to the team it is what he did off ice as well. Edmonton will miss him his teammates will miss him. Contrary to what some people have said he made his team better. Good luck to Ryan.  Oilers you screwed up on this one. 

  27. snowybuttman says:

    this deal does not make them better edmonton already has more than enough good or better prospects. The two player that they got will be no better than 3rd liners and that is from every analyst that I saw on tsn the score and sportsnet and a first round in this draft wich will at best be 16 in a very weak draft year.  Lowe has really screwed up this year and if he doenst redeem himself this summer than he should be gone. Edmonton needs new coaching, first and foremost, before thay start adding players.  Mactavish cannot get it done I loved him as a player, not as a coach. Look at his teams they were alwys good defensively and on the pk, exactly what he was good at. He and his staff cant teach offense and with the team they had at the start of this year  it should not have been a problem. But for Edmonton now the problem is how to attract talent to a place that doesnt seem to want to keep it or the talent doesnt want to stay here> Lowe has really screwed up this year and it will be awhile before the Oilers can bounce back and that is unbelievably sad.

  28. TheDugg1er says:

    I'll go grab my M4……… πŸ˜€

  29. TheDugg1er says:

    Obviously Go Nuks! πŸ˜€ Nobody likes the flames hahahahahaha.

  30. the_word says:

    MacTavish a bad coach?  Good coaches get their teams to play discplined hockey, that entails good defense and pk.  You can't teach offensive talent, sure you can open up your style of play, but if you look at championship teams, they have one thing in common, they play good defense. 

    MacT can't get it done?  He took an eighth seed to game seven of the finals, and if it was for an injuiry to his starting goaltender he would have coached his team to a championship.

    Two quality third line players and a 1st round pick is better than Smyth walking for nothing.  Not to mention the money Smyth frees up.

    Forget Symth and look at the big picture.

  31. TheDonkey says:

    At one point I am sure the Oilers were only offering 4 years, maybe even 3. But not by the end of negotiations. Your numbers don’t jive with the ones being tossed around. $27.5M over 5 years seems to be most commonly accepted by the media.

    After initial shock, fans in Edmonton seem to be coming around to Lowe’s side, especially after hearing what was offered. At 11pm last night, 630 CHED’s poll for the night had the figures at 55% supporting the Oilers side, not Smyth’s.

    Furthermore, agents work for the players not vice versa. Smytty is a grown man and he called his shots. The only thing Meehan is guilty of is telling Smyth what he thinks he could get on the open market.

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