After contentious negotiations, the Kings on Sunday traded Ryan Smyth to Edmonton for center Colin Fraser and a seventh-round pick in the 2012 entry draft, making the deal only after the Oilers removed oft-injured forward Gilbert Brule from consideration.

Fraser, a member of the Chicago Blackhawks' 2010 Stanley Cup team, has a manageable $825,000 cap hit and will get a chance to win a job in training camp. The Kings planned to waive or buy out Brule, who hasn't been procedurally cleared to play after suffering a concussion. Brule's cap hit is $1.85 million.

"Fraser is a real hard-nosed player," Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi said. "He brings character to your room and his price in terms of salary is certainly not prohibitive, so it's very different than the player they were talking about the day before in terms of allowing us to fill Smitty's hole.

"He doesn't fill Smitty's hole, but it's a serviceable player who doesn't command anywhere near what the other guy did."

Smyth, 35, scored 23 goals last season and has one season left with a cap hit of $6.25 million. His departure gives the Kings cap space to acquire a premier player through trade or free agency, but Lombardi said he's looking for "a mid-range guy" at the moment.

Smyth, who began his career in Edmonton and is a cult hero there, said he wanted to go home for lifestyle reasons. He said he was misquoted in a June 20 Edmonton Journal story in which he denied asking for a trade.

"I didn't want everything to explode to the level it did six weeks before the actual trade," he said. "I did request this for family reasons. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment down there. It's a different lifestyle. I hope for nothing but the best for the Kings. The fans supported me well."