Rangers could deal for Smyth: source

If Rangers general manager Glen Sather is interested in reuniting with Ryan Smyth by acquiring Edmonton’s veteran left wing to bolster the attack, the feeling may well be a reciprocal one, The Post has learned.

A well-placed source told The Post that Smyth, who was drafted sixth overall in 1994 by Sather and then played the first five years under his direction while he was general manager of the Oilers, would give serious consideration to waiving his no-move clause in order to pursue a Cup on Broadway.

The Eastern Conference-leading Rangers, who have scored 17 goals in their last nine games and have been limited to two goals or fewer in 20 of their 49 matches, are seeking to add both scoring punch and a defenseman in advance of the Feb. 27 trade deadline.

Smyth, who will turn 36 on Feb. 21, has recorded 34 points (16 goals, 18 assists) in 50 games while getting 19:55 of ice time in this final year of his contract under which he carries a $6.25 million cap hit.

The Rangers, who face the Flyers at the Garden on Sunday, would need to clear space in order to accommodate the acquisition of Smyth, not to mention both the winger and a defenseman. Sather, who has enjoyed a longstanding good relationship with Smyth, will have myriad options to create space.

The 6-foot-1, 190-pound winger is a do*****ented net presence who certainly would be a sight for sore eyes on the dysfunctional Rangers power play that has failed on 28 consecutive five-on-four advantages since Jan. 5, and is mired in overall 1-for-26, 2-for-39 and 4-for-57 skids.

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One Response to Rangers could deal for Smyth: source

  1. thisgamewelose says:

    Eh, I'm not a fan of this.  Getting somebody who drives to the net is great, and having a vet guy like Smith to settle people down would also be nice, but I think this takes away from teams development.  If we could replace Fedotenko with Smith, I'd be all for it, but adding Smith to the 3rd line is a bit of an insult.  I don't want him taking time away from our top 6…except on the powerplay.

    I'm not sure it would be worth clearing the space, with the addition of adding a piece to the Oilers to make this trade happen.  The oldest player we have on the team is Biron – who plays backup.  Fedotenko is 33.  I think we're finally going in the right direction. …Adding Smith for a year might be alright, depending on who we have to clear and give up. But,it's not a trade I would go out of my way to make.

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