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Report: Smyth interested in Rangers…Rangers interested in Smyth?

Feb 3, 2012, 12:39 PM EDT

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Larry Brooks of the New York Post reports a “well-placed source” claims Edmonton winger Ryan Smyth is entertaining the idea of waiving his no-trade clause to join the Rangers.

Smyth, who’ll turn 36 on Feb. 21, has enjoyed a solid campaign for Edmonton after requesting a trade out of Los Angeles, scoring 16 goals while averaging a shade under 20 minutes a game. He’s one of four Oilers to play all 51 games this year, leading the team in even-strength goals while ranking third in power-play markers.

Smyth also has some ties to the Rangers organization. New York general manager Glen Sather drafted him sixth overall at the 1994 draft while serving as Oilers GM (according to Brooks, the two have maintained a “good relationship,”) — Smyth also played alongside Rangers center Brad Richards on the Canadian team at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino.

So, are the Rangers interested in Smyth? You’d have to think Sather would at least kick his tires — New York is reportedly in the market for a winger (also, a defenseman) and Smyth’s gritty net-front presence would probably help out the anemic power play (the Rangers have the league’s fifth-worst PP.)

The issue, of course, would be if New York could fit Smyth in under the cap — he’s in the final year of a deal that pays him $6.25 million annually. The Rangers did make an interesting move today by shipping out Erik Christensen (and his $925,000 deal) to Minnesota, which could be a precursor to a larger move.

  1. hanktheking - Feb 3, 2012 at 1:37 PM

    If he fits under the cap and is willing to play in the role Torts gives him than sure..I know he’ll throw his body around like the boys do

  2. danphipps01 - Feb 3, 2012 at 1:51 PM

    Certainly would help snipers like Gaborik to have a net-crashing presence like his. A guy who’s so absurdly proficient at screens and deflections would make life very unpleasant for opposing goalies, especially on the power play. He’d probably solve quite a few problems for them.

  3. eggserino - Feb 3, 2012 at 9:51 PM

    Hasn’t done much in the last 20 games of the season. Not sure he has much left…

  4. stakex - Feb 3, 2012 at 11:25 PM

    A quick look at Smyths numbers might look pretty good, especially playing for the Oilers. However looking just a little deeper and things don’t look as swell. Smyth has just one goal and one assist in the last ten games, and both of those were in the same game. As eggserino points out, that could be a sign that Smyth, at 35, might be running out of gas. At the very least, its a sign that hes in a huge funk compared to the first half of the seasons.

    Given that the Rangers might be primed for a deep playoff drive… would it really be a good idea to take on a guy who might not have the gas for such a run? If the Rangers are going to find the cap space for a $6.5 million contract…. I’m willing to bet there will be far better options out there that will be better suited to help the Rangers win the cup.

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