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SMYTH'S RETURN TO EDMONTON HELD UP BY HEALTH OF BRULE

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Ryan Smyth's return trip to Edmonton is on hold for now.

The original agreement included the veteran Smyth going to the Oilers in return for forward Gilbert Brule and a fourth round draft pick.

It could still get done, but the Kings' concerns over Gilbert Brule's health are too significant to close the deal at this point.

Sources say the Kings were willing to accept Brule as part of the deal with the intent of buying him out, however the collective bargainiong agreement forbids teams from buying out an injured player.

Long after the conclusion of first round of the Entry Draft on Friday night, representatives from Los Angeles, Edmonton and the NHL engaged in a group discussion in an attempt to salvage the trade, but were unsuccessful.

If a deal between the Oilers and Kings is going to be reached that would see the return of Smyth to Edmonton, it's likely Brule would need to be removed from the negotiation.

Sources say Sheldon Souray's name was included in the discussion, however the Kings, at least at the moment, isn't believed to be interested.

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Finally...

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Always was a fan of Smitty....back in Edmonton.

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The deal to bring

Ryan Smyth back to the Edmonton Oilers is complete.

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The Los Angeles Kings traded to Smyth to the Oilers in exchange for forward Colin Fraser and a seventh round draft pick in 2012 on Sunday.

The original agreement had forward Gilbert Brule and a fourth round draft pick leaving Edmonton but the Kings were concerned about the health of Brule, putting the deal on hold and leading to a different proposal.

Sources say the Kings were willing to accept Brule as part of the deal with the intent of buying him out, however the collective bargaining agreement forbids teams from buying out an injured player.

The Kings were then willing to trade Smyth for a 7th round pick without including Brule in the deal but the Oilers wanted to move out some salary.

Smyth was drafted in the first round by the Oilers in 1994 and became a fan favourite over his years in the Alberta capital. But when the two sides couldn't come to terms on a new contract in 2007, the Oilers dealt him to the New York Islanders at the trade deadline, leading to a tearful departure from Edmonton.

Smyth recorded 23 goals and 47 points for the Kings last season, while playing in all 82 games. The 35-year old became the 17th Kings player and the 257th player overall to appear in 1,000 NHL games when he suited up against the Nashville Predators in November.

The 26-year old Fraser scored three goals and added two assists in 67 games with the Oilers last season. It was his first season in Edmonton after spending the previous four campaigns with Chicago, including the 2009-10 season when the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup.

"I am excited, I am really excited," Fraser told the Los Angeles Kings website. "It hasn't sunk in yet but the first thing I thought of when I heard the trade was how good the Kings are and the direction that the club is going.

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He'll bring back some veteran/leadership presence among the young blood back in Edmonton....always enjoyed watching Smitty play.

WELCOME BACK RYAN

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That team is probably taking the ninja way to the stanley cup lol

Seriously, almost all their 1st round picks are playing right now.

2010- Tailor Hall (42 points)

2009- Magnus Paajarvi (34 points)

2008- Jordan Eberle (43 points)

2007- Sam Gagner (42 points)

2006- None

2005- Andrew Cogliano (35 points)

2004- Devan Dubnyk (.916%)

2001- Ales Hemsky (42 points)

Of course, there are other 2nd+ round picks that are playing as well such as Linus Omark...

Experience and better D is all they need IMO. They'll win the cup sooner or later without a doubt.

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That team is probably taking the ninja way to the stanley cup lol

Seriously, almost all their 1st round picks are playing right now.

2010- Tailor Hall (42 points)

2009- Magnus Paajarvi (34 points)

2008- Jordan Eberle (43 points)

2007- Sam Gagner (42 points)

2006- None

2005- Andrew Cogliano (35 points)

2004- Devan Dubnyk (.916%)

2001- Ales Hemsky (42 points)

Of course, there are other 2nd+ round picks that are playing as well such as Linus Omark...

Experience and better D is all they need IMO. They'll win the cup sooner or later without a doubt.

Yeah, better D and experience is exactly what they need. Their Defensive core is aging, which is why they should have drafted a defenseman like I said, but Im not Oilers GM so its not my decision. In a few years, this is a presidents trophy team IMO.

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Goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin withdrew an appeal of a drunk driving conviction and will has accepted a 30 day sentence. He will serve the first half of the sentence in jail and the second half under house arrest and will also wear an ankle bracelet and be subject to random alcohol testing. Khabibulin will also pay $1500 fine and complete and alcohol program. he had been pulled over in his Ferrari on February 8, 2010 after driveing 70 mph in a 45mph zone.

Hopefully, there won't need to be a code of conduct policy for the NHL.

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OILERS SAY NUGENT-HOPKINS WILL START SEASON IN EDMONTON

For the second time in as many seasons, the Edmonton Oilers will have their first-overall pick in the lineup for opening night.

Head coach Tom Renney confirmed after practice on Monday that centre Ryan Nugent-Hopkins will begin the 2011-12 campaign with the NHL club.

"Ryan will start the season with us," he told reporters.

The first pick in the June draft centred a line at practice on Monday with 2010 first-overall pick Taylor Hall and veteran winger Ales Hemsky.

Nugent-Hopkins, who signed an entry-level contract with the Oilers over the summer, scored a goal and five assists in five pre-season games. The Oilers can still opt to send him back to Red Deer of the Western Hockey League after he plays nine games so that he doesn't use up a year of his contract.

The Oilers begin the regular season on Sunday night at home against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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Gilbert Brule former 6th overall pick and Ryan O'Mara former 15th overall pick waived yesterday by Edmonton.O'Mara at 6'2 and 220 lbs Center piqued my interest couldn't Montreal use a player with his skill set and size.I assume they have to keep him in the lineup,otherwise it might be a worthwhile pickup.Could see Brian Burke all over this type of center with the injuries they have at center.

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Gilbert Brule former 6th overall pick and Ryan O'Mara former 15th overall pick waived yesterday by Edmonton.O'Mara at 6'2 and 220 lbs Center piqued my interest couldn't Montreal use a player with his skill set and size.I assume they have to keep him in the lineup,otherwise it might be a worthwhile pickup.Could see Brian Burke all over this type of center with the injuries they have at center.

Well what does it say when the worst team in the league can't use you.

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Taylor Hall is in the lineup against the Flames, three days after he was cut in the forehead.

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OILERS, VETERAN SMYTH DISCUSSING CONTRACT EXTENSION

The Edmonton Oilers and veteran forward Ryan Smyth are discussing a contract extension.

Smyth is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. He is playing out the final season of a five-year, $31.25 million contract that he originally signed with the Colorado Avalanche prior to the 2007-08 season.

The 36-year-old rejoined the Oilers this season after being traded from the Los Angeles Kings last summer. Smyth was dealt from Edmonton to the New York Islanders at the trade deadline in 2007. He has 17 goals and 22 assists in 60 games for the Oilers this season.

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OILERS AGREE TO TERMS WITH HEMSKY ON TWO-YEAR $10M DEAL

Ales Hemsky is staying with the Edmonton Oilers. The forward signed a US$10-million, two-year extension on Friday night, foregoing the right to become a free agent this summer.

Full Story.

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