Oilers' High-Paid Ryans Whitney and Smyth Take a Seat Against Dallas Stars

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Oilers' High-Paid Ryans Whitney and Smyth Take a Seat Against Dallas Stars
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Ryan Smyth's first year as a full-time Oiler, 1996, also marked the Oilers' first playoff appearance after a four year drought. Over the next eight years, Smyth became the face of that Oilers group, one that was just never good enough to advance deep into the playoffs. That's not a knock on Smyth obviously, but for six of his first seven years, the Oilers made the postseason, and all six times they faced the Dallas Stars, only beating them once in the 1997 quarterfinals.

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