Oilers Trade Ryan Smyth To Islanders!!

20 minutes before the trade deadline ended, the Edmonton Oilers & the New York Islander agreed on a trade that shocked the entire NHL & it’s fans. In exchange for two young prospective players, Kent Nilsson & Ryan O’Marra, and a first round pick in the 2007 draft, the Islanders got Ryan Smyth! Ryan Smyth, the guy who all of Edmonton and their fans thought was irreplaceable and who gave it all for his favourite team while growing up in nearby Banff.

While the Islanders’ management are boasting about acquiring ‘Captain Canada’ as Smyth is known, the Oiler’s website is trying to cover what is now the third big player move away from Edmonton. In less than a year, Chris Pronger, Mike Peca and Ryan Smyth have left the team, although both Pronger & Peca wanted to leave and Peca was at the end of a one year contract. It seems that the Oilers & Smyth could not come to an agreement on his contract which ends in July and so the trade was made. The Islanders have till July to get Ryan to sign on or he could still come back to Edmonton. Whatever happens Edmonton is in shock and even honouring Mark Messier on his jersey retirement night cannot bring the city out of the gloom.

Read more about it from MasterMaq’s Blog, here & here. Other people who have commented on it – here & here

Song for the day – “Complicated” – CAROLYN DAWN JOHNSON

Deadline Day Trades

*** Dainius Zubrus traded to the Buffalo Sabres for Jiri Novotny and a 1st Round pick.

*** Pascal Dupuis traded to the New York Rangers.

*** Yannic Perreault traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs for Brendan Bell and a 2nd Round pick.

*** Todd Bertuzzi traded to the Detroit Red Wings for Shawn Mattias and a conditional draft pick.

*** Brad May traded to the Ducks for Michael Wall.

*** Oleg Saprykin and a 7th Round Pick traded to the Ottawa Senators for a 2nd Round Pick.

*** Aaron Ward traded to the Boston Bruins for Paul Mara.


Michael Leighton picked up off waivers by the Montreal Canadiens.

*** Dominic Moore traded to the Minnesota Wild for a 3rd Round Pick.

*** Bill Guerin traded to the San Jose Sharks for a 1st Round Pick, Ville Nieminen and Jay Barriball.

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*** Georges Laraque traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins for Daniel Carcillo and a 3rd Round Pick.

*** Ty Conklin traded to the Buffalo Sabres for a 5th Round Pick.

*** Martin Biron to the Philadelphia Flyers for a 2nd Round Pick.

*** Gary Roberts traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins for Noah Welch.