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Contract talks between Smyth, Oilers at a stalemate

May 29, 2012, 11:49 AM EDT

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Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal reports negotiations between the Edmonton Oilers and Ryan Smyth have hit a snag.

The issue, it appears, is not how long the Oilers want to sign Smyth for — his agent, Don Meehan, says a two-year deal is on the table — but rather how much money the Oilers want to spend.

“Nobody is saying what the Oilers are offering,” Matheson writes. “But I wouldn’t be surprised if it was in the $2.5 million-$2.75 million range.  Smyth could be looking for more than $3 million a year.”

Smyth’s in a precarious position. He’s made it known he wants to be in Edmonton (hence why he orchestrated his trade out of Los Angeles) and while he’s coming off a productive year, he’s 36 years old and struggled in the second half of the season.

It’s a very similar scenario to that of Colorado forward Milan Hejduk, who has a bunch in common with Smyth: age, career stats, etc.

Hejduk, it should be noted, recently re-upped with Colorado on a one-year deal worth $2 million (in 2011-12, he played on a one-year, $3 million deal.)

  1. t16rich - May 29, 2012 at 2:53 PM

    Does he want to retire on a non playoff team? Take a paycut and bring in more veteran talent. You are a mentor on that team before you are a $3 million dollar player. Hejduk’s money makes sense to me, but not an extra million or more, not for Ryan Smyth at this point of his carreer.

  2. Brian - May 29, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    I like Ryan Smyth as much as anybody and he’s meant a lot to this franchise. But he’s in for a rude awakening if he thinks he can leverage a better offer on the open market. Not for a guy who basically walked out on the Kings because he was homesick. A team outside Alberta would be nuts to offer him more than one year, and it would be pretty surprising to see anyone give him more than $2.5 mil.

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