Here's some more fodder for Oilers fans still wanting to wallow in self pity: yesterday's Ryan Smyth press conference at the International Airport. What the hockey world commonly describes as a "class act," Smyth chokes through a long statement comprised mostly of an endless tribute to everyone he's ever come in contact with in Edmonton ("...Sparky, Staff, Stu, Kenny, Langer, Scotty, and as we all know, Joe Moss...") in a speech full of broken phrases, crying, humility and regret.
I made the mistake of checking out some web boards in the last few days, and some fans are practically felching EIG and Kevin Lowe for making a prudent, "cost-of-doing-business" move. Some have even called Smyth "greedy" and that "he got what he deserved" (with fans like these, would you want to sign here as a UFA?).
I won't dwell on how $5.5 - $6 million is exactly what Ryan Smyth is going to get on the open market July 1, or how the $1 million and half needed for to make the deal is exactly how much they overpayed the likes of Steve Staios last summer. Nor will I go on about how Smyth is in the top six players in the entire league for goals scored per game this season or how he basically carried the team on his back all year.
If I want to remind myself why this was a bad trade, 2:48 of this clip tells me all that I need to know. Heart-breaking.
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