Smyth Faces Cloudy Future In Edmonton: Ryan Smyth faces an uncertain future in Edmonton, according to the Edmonton Journal. (Updated 4/18/13)
No information available at this time (Updated 5/19/13).
Ryan Smyth is signed for next year at $2.25 million, but may have to face the fact that he will no longer be a full-time player. Will he be happy playing only 40-50 games, or would he rather retire? Smyth still believes he can play, but only two goals this season, indicating his age is starting to catch up with him. (Updated 4/18/13).
02/17/2013 01:19 Paajarvi's game winner caps Oilers' comeback
Magnus Paajarvi scored the go-ahead goal in the closing minutes as the Edmonton Oilers used a team-record 56 shots to rally from a three-goal deficit and beat the Colorado Avalanche 6-4 on Saturday night.
When you look at Ryan Smyth's 2011-12 season, you could say he had a productive one -- 19 goals and 27 assists. But on closer examination, you realize the bulk of his points came in the first half of the season and at 36, his game is in decline. He is also no longer relied upon to be a big offensive threat as that will fall to the young guns on the team. Instead, he'll be a leader and steadying influence for those young players. Smyth should be a fixture on the third line this season. (Updated 8/14/12)