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Ryan Smyth keeping busy as camp approaches

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Ryan Smyth is trying to keep his schedule busy and mind off hockey as NHL training camps fast approach.

Its Smyth’s first season away from the game after announcing his retirement last spring.

Speaking with Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal, Smyth says he’s had numerous offers already to stay within the game.

“I have an open invitation on any front from Mac (Oilers’ GM Craig MacTavish) but he recommended I take time off, and that’s what I’ll be doing. I will be coaching my son’s Initiation 3A team this winter, and my daughter wants to play, too. My son’s six years old. I’d like him to play novice, one level up, because he’s a pretty good skater, but we’ll see how it goes,” Smyth said. “I did get a couple of calls from Team Canada to help out, and I mentioned Mac. But I owe it to my wife and kids to take this year off.”

Smyth, who played 1270 games with the Oilers, Islanders, Avalanche and Kings, says he hasn’t got calls asking whether he’s reconsidered his decision to retire.

“I’m old and I’m washed up, I guess,” he joked.

Without a training camp to prepare for, Smyth is enjoying things he otherwise couldn’t do at this time of year. He has plans to see the Green Bay Packers play in Seattle and will head to New York where he’ll watch Derek Jeter’s final games.

After taking a year off, Smyth, who scored 386 goals and 842 points during his NHL career says he’s uncertain of what he’ll do.

“I don’t want to speculate … it’s been 19 years. Obviously, I want to stay in hockey somehow, but in what capacity? I have no idea,” he said.

PHT Morning Skate: Ducks reflect on Selanne

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Several members of the Anaheim Ducks talked about what Teemu Selanne has meant to them. The 43-year-old forward will hang up his skates once the Ducks’ playoff run concludes. (Ducks.nhl.com)

With the season over, Jaromir Jagr reiterated his desire to re-sign with the New Jersey Devils. That’s not surprising given his assessment of the season. (The Bergen Record)

Colorado Avalanche coach Patrick Roy admitted that even he’s surprised that they captured the Central Division title. “To me, it’s the most surprising division championship that we have, I guess, in the Avalanche history.” (Denver Post)

Paul Maurice would like to stay on as the Winnipeg Jets’ coach, but he needs to talk it over with his family first. (Winnipeg Sun)

A look into the Red Wings culture that has led to 23 consecutive postseason appearances. (Detroit Free Press)

Being part of Ryan Smyth’s final game might inspire the young Edmonton Oilers. (Edmonton Sun)

Highlights from Detroit’s 3-0 victory over St. Louis:

Oilers shine in Ryan Smyth’s final game

Vancouver Canucks v Edmonton Oilers

Saturday’s 5-2 Edmonton Oilers win against the Vancouver Canucks meant little-to-nothing in the scheme of the 2013-14 season, but it meant a lot to plenty of Oilers fans. That’s because tonight served as the final game of Ryan Smyth’s career, as chronicled in a wide variety of ways.

Naturally, that included a tribute from the team before the big day:

A nod as captain with Andrew Ference on the shelf:

An emotional locker room speech:

A fantastic gesture from his final opponent and long-time divisional rivals:

A goofy-but-endearing political ode:

And yes, as more than a few people speculated, more than a few tears from the retiring 38-year-old:

source: AP
Credit: AP

You could argue that the only thing the night was lacking was an ugly Smyth goal in front of Vancouver’s net, yet another than that, it was pretty much a perfect send-off for a winger who squeezed every bit of production and fanfare one could expect from a limited set of skills.

After 19 seasons, Ryan Smyth calls it a career

ryan smyth oilers

One of the most beloved Oilers of all time is stepping away.

Ryan Smyth, who played the second-most games (970) in Edmonton franchise history, announced his retirement on Friday to an outpouring of emotion and admiration from his peers and former coaches.

“We would like to thank Ryan for being a great Oiler,” said general manager Craig MacTavish, per CBC. “Ryan and his family are ambassadors for both the Oilers and the city of Edmonton and we cannot thank them enough for their dedication. Ryan truly exemplifies what it means to be an Oiler and I am extremely proud to have had him as a key part of our hockey club for so many years.”

MacTavish wasn’t the only member of the Oilers’ organization to heap praise on Smyth.

Taken sixth overall by Edmonton at the 1994 NHL Entry Draft, Smyth spent the first 12 years of his career in Edmonton and emerged as the face of the franchise, scoring 16 points in 24 games en route to the 2006 Stanley Cup Final. He also provided an unforgettable moment in 2007, breaking down in tears upon being traded to the Islanders after failing to reach a new contract agreement in Edmonton:

Smyth returned to Edmonton via trade from Los Angeles in 2011, and would go on to tie Hall of Famer Glenn Anderson for the most power-play goals in franchise history.

“I have been truly blessed to play this game for as long as I have and will cherish the memories forever,” Smyth said. “After some difficult discussions over the past week, I felt it was best to make this decision and move on with life after hockey and enjoy every minute I have with my family.”

Report: Ryan Smyth to announce retirement on Saturday

Edmonton Oilers v Anaheim Ducks

After scoring 386 regular season goals – probably at least 80 percent of them from the “dirty areas” of the ice – in more than 1,200 games, Ryan Smyth is expected to announce his retirement from the NHL on Saturday, according to various sources including TSN’s Bob McKenzie and the Edmonton Sun’s Terry Jones.

Smyth, 38, is currently representing the team he’ll be associated with (the Edmonton Oilers) against the team he played his second-most games for (the Los Angeles Kings) on Thursday. He’s played 969 games (and counting) for the Oilers, 149 for the Kings, 132 with the Colorado Avalanche and 18 with the New York Islanders. Those 18 games don’t seem like much, yet his trade from the Oilers to the Islanders prompted a tearful response that’s often cited when the rugged veteran is discussed.

The winger is probably “an old 38” considering all the abuse he likely takes on a game-by-game basis, yet there’s always the chance that he might have second thoughts or get an offer that inspires him to play a little longer. If not, it will be the end of an era for a mulleted man known to many as “Captain Canada.”