The issue, it appears, is not how long the Oilers want to sign Smyth for — his agent, Don Meehan, says a two-year deal is on the table — but rather how much money the Oilers want to spend.
“Nobody is saying what the Oilers are offering,” Matheson writes. “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.”
Smyth’s in a precarious position. He’s made it known he wants to be in Edmonton (hence why he orchestrated his trade out of Los Angeles) and while he’s coming off a productive year, he’s 36 years old and struggled in the second half of the season.
It’s a very similar scenario to that of Colorado forward Milan Hejduk, who has a bunch in common with Smyth: age, career stats, etc.
Hejduk, it should be noted, recently re-upped with Colorado on a one-year deal worth $2 million (in 2011-12, he played on a one-year, $3 million deal.)
With their mothers traveling on the road trip — Matt Bartkowski‘s mom, Beth, has become a cult hero in Vancouver after another priceless media interview — the Canucks took back-to-back wins, moving them right back into the thick of the playoff fight in the Western Conference.
Up by a goal in the third period, defenseman Alex Biega played the hero, pulling the puck out of the crease after it got by Ryan Miller on a backhand shot from Kyle Chipchura, maintaining Vancouver’s lead.
Phaneuf burned on Zetterberg game-winner in Sens debut
“I put my stick there, he put (the puck) under and he made a good shot. I’ve got to have a better stick in that situation, but you’ve got to give him credit for that play.”
Phaneuf finished the night with a minus-one rating and two hits in almost 22 minutes of ice time, putting him second among Sens defensemen in that category behind Erik Karlsson, who played a whopping 33:30.
Phaneuf drilled Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser with a hard slap shot early in the third period.
DeKeyser played one more shift — all of 10 seconds — before exiting the game.
Blashill says DeKeyser has a bruise, not a break. Will know more tomorrow, but probably day-to-day