Flames in hunt for Smyth?

When Ryan Smyth was a free-agent and taking bids for his services in the summer of 2007, the Calgary Flames were an ardent pursuant.

Flames captain Jarome Iginla even personally talked to Smyth to sell him on moving to Southern Alberta.

Then-GM Darryl Sutter also called Smyth directly, on top of dealing with his agent, Don Meehan.

But it was to no avail at the time. Smyth signed with the Colorado Avalanche, inking a five-year contract with a US$6.25-million cap hit.

Could the long-time Edmonton Oilers forward be making his way to the Stampede City now?

Smyth has reportedly asked to be traded from the Kings with one year remaining on his contract and wants to land back in Edmonton, but a source confirmed yesterday the Flames are also in the mix for the 35-year-old left winger.

The level of interest from the Flames is the great unknown.

On one hand, it’s easy to dismiss the Flames being in the fray as simply a tactic being used by the Kings to make Oilers GM Steve Tambellini move faster in closing a deal everybody expects to happen.

Or it’s to try raising the asking price, although the Kings aren’t in a position of strength when it’s out that a player has asked to be moved, especially with his age, salary cap hit and diminishing production.

(Of course, the Oilers probably owe the Kings a big favour after foisting Dustin Penner on them at the deadline and even receiving defenceman Colten Teubert, a first-round pick at this year’s draft and another draft choice in return, but that’s another story.)

On the other hand, the Flames could have some solid reasons for making a trade to bring in Smyth.

For starters, if Alex Tanguay isn’t going to come to terms on a new contract and leave via free agency on July 1, the Flames will be looking for another left winger to play in the top three lines.


6 Responses to Flames in hunt for Smyth?

  1. albertateams says:

    I really don't get this from the flames standpoint. Smyth right now is a down grade from Tanguay and substantially more expensive. Unless they are moving two of Langkow, Stajan, Hagman, or Kotalik in the proposed Buffalo deal and the LA deal I don't get it.

  2. reinjosh says:

    Grit and playoff experience? I'm not entirely sure either. Maybe the price is cheap enough they are taking him on so they can send him to a cup bound team come deadline day. 

    I wouldn't mind him on the team. If Regehr is gone the salary essentially evens out. Were not going to get anyone impressive on the market so Smyth would add some nice depth at the very least. 
  3. albertateams says:

    Yeah the only way I can see it being beneficial for Calgary is if Regher and Kotalik or Hagman to Buffalo for picks/prospects no cap coming back and Hagman or Kotalik + 4th for Smyth. Seems unlikely but that would be really the only cir*****stance that really makes sense for Calgary. If its just Regher and one of those contracts its only a savings of 800k and maybe not even that as Kotalik would be buried in the minors.

    The fan 960 is saying that an additional contract is in the Regehr deal have to think its Hagman, Stajan, or Kotalik. You'd have to think that Buffalo would want to send back at least some salary though.

    I really like Smyth but I doubt he wants to be traded for a cup run at the deadline as going to Alberta gives you a pretty long shot at that, it sounds to me its for family reasons so probably won't accept a trade at the deadline.

  4. reinjosh says:

    Hmm good point on the trade deadline. i would imagine the deal would include Hagman, if extra salary is included. He's up after this year and probably has the most potential out of the three to be worth his cap hit. 

  5. mapleleafsfan says:

    If you waive your no trade clause once, does it come back into play after you're traded? 

  6. reinjosh says:

    I'm not sure. i've always wondered that. Two thoughts.

    1: Yes, you waive it its gone.
    2: You waive it and once your traded it comes back into effect. 
    Not sure which one it is. 

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