Money key issue in Smyth-Oilers talks

Money key issue in Smyth-Oilers talks

Edmonton Oilers winger Ryan Smyth hoped to have a new contract before the season ended and while there is a two-year deal being discussed, money is the issue.

How much is he worth?

“He wants to remain in Edmonton and they know that,” said Smyth’s agent Don Meehan.


Nobody thinks this will get to July 1 when Smyth can be an unrestricted free agent. However, this has gone on longer than it should have.

An annual salary that’s comparable to Smyth, based on his age (36) and his points (46) this pasts season, might be one-time Oiler Jason Arnott, who is 37.

Arnott had a one-year contract with the St. Louis Blues for 2. 5-million, signing as an unrestricted free agent last summer. He has career points in 1,244 NHL games.

Smyth has 806 points in 1,151 games. He likely would be paid for what he can still do on the ice — he may be a third-line winger next season, with power-play time — and some goodwill for playing 852 games as an Oiler.

If not Arnott, then how about winger Milan Hejduk, 36, who signed a one-year $2.6 million deal with the Colorado Avalanche this past season? Hejduk only had 37 points, nine fewer than Smyth, however. There’s also talk he may retire.


7 Responses to Money key issue in Smyth-Oilers talks

  1. thisgamewelose says:

    I say he gets 2.8-3ish easily. 

  2. Steven_Leafs says:

    yeah he can easily make 2.5-3.0M, but considering how much money he made in his career and if he really wants to stay with Edmonton for the rest of it, then just take 2.0M a year and be happy with it.

    I think if Smyth is complaining over 0.5M (again) Edmonton should just tell him to go f*ck himself, they can sign someone younger and cheaper to play 3rd line minutes.

  3. Boston_Bruins says:

    Last player/team combo I would have expected this to be an issue with.

  4. TheOnlyIslesFan says:

    Does anyone else forget that the Islanders robbed the Oilers blind for this guy once before because of a half million dollar difference? Even with all his whining and crying about needing to move back to Edmonton for his family and that's where his heart is and wah wah wah…

    Gotta say Katz and Tambellini might look like a bunch of dummies but if they forget that these events happened then I can see why Oilers fans are going to give themselves Sidney Crosby grade concussions from banging their heads on the ground.
  5. FlamingHomer says:

    Interesting take because Oiler fans felt they won that trade.

  6. thisgamewelose says:

    That's because after the trade, they banged their heads on the ground, giving them Sidney Crosby grade concussions.

  7. Steven_Leafs says:

    at the time it was a great deal for a rental.

    Nilsson, O'Marra, 2007 1st round pick (Alex Plante). Nilsson was the 2003 15th overall pick, O'Marra was the 2005 15th overall pick, and the 2007 pick ended up being 15th overall. 3 1st round picks for a rental Ryan Smyth, Leafs gave up far less, at the time, for a young RFA Kessel.

    Edmonton ended up losing on the deal because the 3 assets they got didn't become good players, but at the time it was a great return.

    Also did any else know that Ryan O'Marra was born in Japan. Had no idea. lol.

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