The Edmonton Oilers aren’t going to bring back Ryan Smyth next season. I felt he earned another year, but if the club plans to move on from Smyth, it suggests the ‘line in the sand’ for next year is everyone from Smyth down the pecking order. If you played at a level below Smyth—and you’re playing significant minutes—then next season is not promised to you. I’d say wingers below Hall, Ebs, Perron and Yakupov are in some danger.
DANIEL WINNIK PLAYING CARD
If you take Ryan Jones money ($1.5M), can you get Daniel Winnik at $2.2M? He’s making $1.8M currently.
DAVID MOSS PLAYER CARD
The decision to send Ryan Smyth into retirement cannot be met with low level signings and trades. If the Oilers replace Smyth with Matt Hendricks contract, MacT was just giving lip service last summer:
- MacT: “The year we went to Cup final  we had lots of guys who could contribute offensively and last year we really didn’t. We had a lot of one or two or zero goal scorers who were out there a really the best you could hope for was they were a non-negative factor. We have to let the core players continue to develop a and we have to build that supporting cast around them.”
Ryan Smyth scored 10 goals this season, and did the hard work of making things go with 4′s and 2′s. Surely his retirement signals an upgrade on the 3 and 4lines.