LA Kings Offseason 2011: Ryan Smyth Trade Saga

One of the big stories regarding the Los Angeles Kings this offseason has been the ongoing trade saga of forward Ryan Smyth.

Ryan Smyth (Credit: Bridget Samuels viaCreative Commons License)

First, there were conflicting reports that he had asked to be traded, then that he had not.

It turned out those rumors were true, as he reportedly wants to return to his native Alberta, Canada for personal reasons.

The Kings are trying to honor Smyth’s request, but so far, things apparently are not going well.

L.A. general manager Dean Lombardi has been in talks with the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames.

Discussions with Edmonton have been hampered by issues regarding the salary cap and Gilbert Brule’s health.

But that did not stop reports that Smyth had been traded for Brule.

Smyth deserves to go back home, if that’s what he wants. I mean, it’s not like he demanded out and started bashing L.A. or something. But the Kings do not deserve to be out a top forward they had no expectation of losing and be left high and dry.

L.A. ought to receive someone in return to adequately fill Smyth’s place or be left enough room under the salary cap to find such a player on the open market.

Well, here’s hoping Lombardi and one of his counterparts can get this all straightened out.

Read the transcript of Lombardi’s chat with reporters.

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