Ryan Smyth goes home, officially
It was rumoured for nearly a week, with denials from Ryan Smyth’s camp (good PR move) that he had requested a trade to Edmonton, but the Kings and Oilers finalized the deal on Sunday. The Oilers sent Colin Fraser and a 2012 seventh round pick to the Kings for the mullet, and Oilers Nation rejoices.
The general consensus from Oilers people is that it’s a good move on all levels. Steve Tambellini brings in some veteran ‘character’ in Smyth, someone that cares deeply about the organization and the city. Tambo on the acquisition, via the Edmonton Journal:
“I’m not worried about where he plays in the lineup -up or down -I’m just really excited about the fact that we have that component, that player who cares about Edmonton, that person who is going to be so excited to put on an Oilers jersey and to match up with the young people, who are establishing a new culture here of expectation and winning ways. That’s important.”
Calgary says goodbye to Robyn Regehr
As Edmonton welcomes back a familiar face, the Calgary Flames say goodbye to one in Robyn Regehr. Kent Wilson at Flames Nation on Regehr leaving town:
The reason’s for the Regehr trade will be discussed and debated for the rest of the summer (and probably longer) no doubt. And despite whatever reasons or justifications that will be offered for his departure to Buffalo (however accurate), there’s no question the Flames lost an excellent person and player this weekend,; one who will be remembered by the fanbase fondly, even long after he dons a Sabres jersey and eventually retires.
On the ‘untradeable contract’
ProHockeyTalk on the Panthers acquiring Brian Campbell and his infinity-year $1 billion contract and the notion of the ‘untradeable contract’. Dale Tallon made Campbell a rich man in Chicago, now they’ll be together in the Florida sun for as long as Tallon holds down the Panthers GM gig. Really though, the immovable contract died when Glen Sather shipped Scott Gomez to Montreal.
A look at San Jose’s acquisition of Brent Burns
Mr. Plank runs down all the parameters of the Sharks trade that sent Devin Setoguchi, a 2012 second rounder, and Charlie Coyle to Minnesota for Brent Burns.
Dustin Byfuglien says all the right things about Winnipeg
Big Buff on the transition to Winnipeg and the impending thrill of playing in front of a full house, via The Sporting News:
“Everybody should be excited about it. I know the fans up there are,” Byfuglien told the Winnipeg Sun during the weekend. “We’re going to be playing in front of a full crowd again. It’s going to be fun. Anytime you have a full barn behind you, it’s like having another player on the ice.
“Every way you look at it, it’s going to be better, in a positive way. All we have to do is play hockey and everyone will appreciate it after a little while. Every one knows their hockey up there and the guys should be taken care of pretty well.”
OttawaGh0st does Brian Burke drafting Tyler Biggs
Includes many F-bombs!