NHL Trade Rumors: Why the New York Rangers Must Trade for Ryan Smyth

Cat Zambito@@catzambitoContributor IFebruary 23, 2012

NHL Trade Rumors: Why the New York Rangers Must Trade for Ryan Smyth

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    According to Larry Brooks in the February 3 edition of the New York Post, a "well-placed source" says Ryan Smyth would strongly consider waiving his no-move clause if it meant he could pursue a Stanley Cup with the New York Rangers.

    The Rangers organization has had much success this year, which is a direct result of building from within. The only area they seem to be lacking in is the power play and overall goal scoring.

    Therefore, the only way not to disrupt the workings of a team that so obviously gets along and is playing as a strong unit is to bring in a new player that makes for a seamless transition and a great one at that.

    The Rangers are in first place in the Eastern Conference and have been holding that top spot for quite some time now.  

    They are also in third place in the NHL overall, so are clearly making it to the playoffs and they have the potential and fire this year to make it all the way to the Stanley Cup.

    Ryan Smyth of the Edmonton Oilers is the clear missing piece to this Rangers puzzle. And the deal would essentially be a win-win for both parties as will be described throughout.

Smyth Scores and Scores Often

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    The Rangers need a quick fix to their power-play and goal-scoring problem, which is where Ryan Smyth of the Edmonton Oilers so perfectly fits into the mix.  He has 39 points thus far in the season with 17 goals and 22 assists.

    Smyth is a known goal scorer, especially on the power play. Plus, he is no stranger to postseason hockey.

    In his 18 years in the league, he has made it to the playoffs 10 times, but has yet to hold a Stanley Cup in his hands.  And, lets face it, the Edmonton Oilers and Ryan Smyth have no chance of making the playoffs this year.

    The only way for him to do so would be if he were traded to a team in contention.

    In addition, Smyth is relentless in front of the net.  He places himself in front of the goaltender and waits for his perfect opportunity to score. It goes without saying that the Blueshirts need a man like this on their team. 

How Serious Really Is His No-Trade Clause?

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    The only problem being that Smyth has a no-move clause in his contract and he is the only one that has the power to change that.

    But, given Smyth's very amicable history with Rangers GM, Glen Sather, Sather can work his excellent negotiating skills in the Rangers favor.

    And, being that he is in his final year with a pro-rated $6.25 million remaining on his contract, this seems like the perfect deal not only for the Rangers, but also for Smyth.

    In a Larry Brooks' article for the New York Post back on February 3rd he stated:

    A well-placed source told The Post that Smyth, who was drafted sixth overall in 1994 by Sather and then played the first five years under his direction while he was general manager of the Oilers, would give serious consideration to waiving his no-move clause in order to pursue a Cup on Broadway.

    Smyth initially lashed out against this article when he told the Edmonton Journal:

    “My ultimate goal is to sign a new contract with the Oilers, ideally before the trade deadline.”

    But if that is truly the case, how come he hasn't told Oilers GM Steve Tambellini to take his name out of any trade discussions?  Because he may just realize how ideal this move would for him and not just for the Rangers.

Smyth Won't Have to Uproot Family Again

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    If the Blueshirts acquire him as a rental for only the remainder of the year and for the playoff push (which is only what they essentially need him for anyway) then he can have his way and go back to playing for the Oilers, or wherever else he chooses, because he will become a free agent in time for the 2012-2013 season.

    That way he doesn't have to move his family yet again, which was a major reason why he signed back with the Oilers, because he wanted to have his roots in Edmonton.  

    If he plays the remainder of the season as a Ranger and then gets signed for next season by the Oilers, he gets the best of both worlds. He could leave his family in Edmonton and go play in New York for the few remaining months and then he can try again to win a cup for the Oilers and continue to help grow their organization from next season onwards.

    To stay with the Oilers now would be tantamount to staying on a sinking ship.  No matter what he does at this point, he can't help his team to the playoffs, so why go down with the Titanic when you have the opportunity for so much more?

    Smyth is no newbie to the league and its politics.  He can't very well go out and say he wants to be traded, because he will lose credibility and respect with the Oilers team and fans, so it appears clear why Smyth is appearing somewhat coy around the subject.

Overall Why He Works for the Rangers

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    The Rangers must be salivating at this prospect, because they desperately need to pick up their power-play scoring and they realize that Marian Gaborik can't do it all on his own.

    And while it would be a shame to see any of the current Rangers roster go, business is business and the Rangers have to do what is best for the organization, which this move clearly is.

    Also, by picking up Smyth, they don't have to make a huge dent in the salary cap, because his contract will be up at the end of the season and it is doubtful that they would re-sign him for next season when it doesn't seem to factor into their long-term plans.

    Smyth is also a great leader and would lend his playoff experience to the younger, more inexperienced players.  

    The Rangers would be mistaken not to capitalize on this golden opportunity right in front of them.

    Smyth is the the missing link to the power play that will help them step up their game to the next level in order to attain the coveted Stanley Cup.  He comes at the right price and the right time and they must see this a better-suited deal than selling the farm which they have worked so hard to create for the high price and flash of acquiring Rick Nash.