Ryan Smyth is now a King in Los Angeles. The power forward was traded to the Kings from Colorado with defencemen Kyle Quincey and Tom Preissing heading to the Avalanche along with a fifth round pick in 2010.
Smyth has played in over 920 career games, with the best years of his career coming in Edmonton. He was traded shockingly from the Oilers to join the New York Islanders only to be moved to the Colorado Avalanche to play with Joe Sakic a short time later. Now with Los Angeles, Smyth will be expected to make an impact on and off the ice.
“Ryan is the type of player who fits with our team,” Kings GM Dean Lombardi in a statement. “He fills an important need as he is a competitive, gritty scoring left-winger, and he fits with the overall identity we continue to build here.”
Smyth has been a fixture for Team Canada in international competition, too. He’s played representing Canada at the IIHF Championships from 1995-2005, winning gold in 2003 and 2004. Smyth was also the captain of the squad for five of those seasons from 2001 to 2005. He’s been formally invited to join Team Canada at evaluation camp for the 2010 team, as well, and has made his mark on Olympic hockey.
In return for Smyth, the Avalanche get a pair of players that should fit nicely into their roster. Quincey logged a respectable 38 points in 72 games last season. He was acquired by Los Angeles after being claimed off of waivers from Detroit.
Preissing is a nice catch at 30-years-old. He’s just coming into his own as a defenceman and should be a solid impact player for the club. He already boasts considerable experience, too, having played in 322 career games with the Kings, San Jose Sharks, and Ottawa Senators.
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