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08:28 AM ET 05.29 | Ryan Smyth may not have expected to go this far into the offseason without a contract. But it seems a stalemate right now. His agent Don Meehan will be talking to Steve Tambellini and/or his right-hand man Ricky Olczyk this week at the NHL Combine in Toronto, trying to move this thing along. Meehan says the Oilers have offered a two-year contract. This is a goodwill gesture by the Oilers, who could just as easily have decided they will go year to year with Smyth. ... The holdout here is not term. It is the money. Nobody is saying what the Oilers are offering, but I wouldn't be surprised if it was in the $2.5 million-$2.75 million range. Smyth could be looking for more than $3 million a year.

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May 29, 2012  09:18 AM ET

Smythe could be looking for more than $3 million a year.

Smythe could be looking for a long time.

May 29, 2012  09:21 AM ET

"Oilers staring down Smyth"

Again? Haven't they shot themselves in the foot enough with this guy?

May 29, 2012  09:22 AM ET

I'm looking for $4 million. But, I'd take $5.87..............or a large Starbuck's coffee. (I refuse to say "Vente").

May 29, 2012  09:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

(I refuse to say "Vente").

Unless I am speaking Spansish and I am counting past 19

May 29, 2012  09:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Smythe could be looking for more than $3 million a year.Smythe could be looking for a long time.

High stakes hide and seek....

May 29, 2012  09:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

High stakes hide and seek....

I say he's out of luck coz he doesn't look too good.

May 29, 2012  09:33 AM ET

"Nobody is saying what the Oilers are offering, but I wouldn't be surprised if it was in the $2.5 million-$2.75 million range."

That's quite generous for what he brings to the table at this stage in his career. Should've stayed in L.A. Maybe he would've been playing for a S.C. ring. Then .... maybe not!

May 29, 2012  09:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Unless I am speaking Spansish and I am counting past 19

Ahhhh.................you're in Stanley Cup Form today Spiny!

May 29, 2012  10:01 AM ET

Good move by him forcing himself off LA to go to the Oilers. LA is really missing him.

May 29, 2012  10:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I'm looking for $4 million. But, I'd take $5.87..............or a large Starbuck's coffee. (I refuse to say "Vente").

I loved you in "Role Models"

May 29, 2012  10:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Unless I am speaking Spansish and I am counting past 19

Or Italian

May 29, 2012  10:20 AM ET

Smitty was invisible for the last 30 games last year.He should sign a 2 mill per deal as fast as he possibly can

May 29, 2012  10:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Or Italian

indeed

May 29, 2012  10:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Smitty was invisible for the last 30 games last year. He should sign a 2 mill per deal as fast as he possibly can

After the initial adrenaline rush wore off, he started showing his age. Definitely run out of gas by mid-January. He was painfully slow at times.

May 29, 2012  10:31 AM ET

Why would Edm offer him a 2 yr deal? Looking to get that top pick in the draft for 2 more years?

May 29, 2012  10:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

"Nobody is saying what the Oilers are offering, but I wouldn't be surprised if it was in the $2.5 million-$2.75 million range."That's quite generous for what he brings to the table at this stage in his career. Should've stayed in L.A. Maybe he would've been playing for a S.C. ring. Then .... maybe not!

The numbers we hear are 2.5 for two years or 2.75 for one. Money isn't the only issue in this negotiation Smyth wants to be a top 6 forward but the Oilers want him on third line and playing less minutes. Smyth's not buying into that so the stalemate goes on.

May 29, 2012  10:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Smitty was invisible for the last 30 games last year.He should sign a 2 mill per deal as fast as he possibly can

That is closer to what his worth is considering they had to pay him 4.5 mil last year.

May 29, 2012  10:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

That is closer to what his worth is considering they had to pay him 4.5 mil last year.

Let's see if Ryan truly "loves" Edmonton and wants to stay or, will he stage another last minute hostage drama?

After what he brought to the Oilers last year, I'm not sure they needs him anymore. They ended up second last, didn't they?

May 29, 2012  10:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

That is closer to what his worth is considering they had to pay him 4.5 mil last year.

Here a Sutter, there a Sutter, everywhere a Sutter, Sutter......

 
May 29, 2012  11:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

That is closer to what his worth is considering they had to pay him 4.5 mil last year.

Jeez, whale2! I can't tell you apart from HC. It's like watching a freaking "I've Gotta Be Me" Dr. Pepper Commercial!

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