Ryan Smyth is not accustomed to hostile receptions.

There's not much to dislike about the Edmonton Oilers winger, who's an honest, hard-working player that cares for the game of hockey more than anything in the world, with the exception of his family.

Ah, there's the rub.

It was his family-first priorities that prompted Smyth to request a trade out of Los Angeles this summer, back to Edmonton where his heart lay and his loved ones felt most comfortable.

Whether Los Angeles Kings fans see it that way as Smyth makes his first trip back with the Oilers on Thursday remains to be seen.