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Report: Ryan Smyth to announce retirement on Saturday

Apr 10, 2014, 10:02 PM EDT

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After scoring 386 regular season goals – probably at least 80 percent of them from the “dirty areas” of the ice – in more than 1,200 games, Ryan Smyth is expected to announce his retirement from the NHL on Saturday, according to various sources including TSN’s Bob McKenzie and the Edmonton Sun’s Terry Jones.

Smyth, 38, is currently representing the team he’ll be associated with (the Edmonton Oilers) against the team he played his second-most games for (the Los Angeles Kings) on Thursday. He’s played 969 games (and counting) for the Oilers, 149 for the Kings, 132 with the Colorado Avalanche and 18 with the New York Islanders. Those 18 games don’t seem like much, yet his trade from the Oilers to the Islanders prompted a tearful response that’s often cited when the rugged veteran is discussed.

The winger is probably “an old 38” considering all the abuse he likely takes on a game-by-game basis, yet there’s always the chance that he might have second thoughts or get an offer that inspires him to play a little longer. If not, it will be the end of an era for a mulleted man known to many as “Captain Canada.”

  1. stcrowe - Apr 10, 2014 at 10:05 PM

    It is fitting that he retires as an Oiler.

  2. bleedrangerblue - Apr 10, 2014 at 10:08 PM

    It’s fitting that he retires…

  3. canucks30 - Apr 10, 2014 at 10:27 PM

    And in typical Oiler alumini fashion, he will be immediately promoted to a management role in the puppet regime run by Kevin “Get Off My Lawn”

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Apr 10, 2014 at 11:32 PM

      After 400 games played you’re automatically given the title of assistant GM, it’s the same as being given tenure at a University, you can never be fired.

  4. sjsharks66 - Apr 10, 2014 at 10:28 PM

    Bummer. I like Smyth.

  5. hardkor07mn - Apr 10, 2014 at 11:36 PM

    Has to be the ugliest SOB on the planet. Always liked the way he played. Great career! Best of luck

    • jpelle82 - Apr 11, 2014 at 9:00 AM

      i submit rod brindamour for that ugly distinction…

  6. jpelle82 - Apr 11, 2014 at 9:02 AM

    does he still use the wooden stick? if so that would retire with him…the official end of an era

  7. georgejarkko - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:07 AM

    The word “throwback” is overused a bit these days. Not a poor choice when it come to Smyth.

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