NHL: Proposed trade with Edmonton falls through; L.A., Ducks take goalies with first picks on second day, As the final six rounds of the NHL entry draft sped along Saturday, trade talks between the Kings and Edmonton Oilers dragged. By the time the final pick was announced, Ryan Smyth was still a King. The trade that would have sent Smyth to Edmonton for Gilbert Brule and a draft pick, reported as complete at one point Friday, was off. Kings general manager Dean Lombardi told reporters on the draft floor in St. Paul, Minn., that talks broke down when it became clear the proposed trade wouldn't leave the Kings enough cap space to sign a replacement for Smyth, a 23-goal scorer last season. So while the Kings - and the Ducks, coincidentally - began their second day at the draft table by selecting a goalie named Gibson, it was Smyth's unfulfilled trade request that had the league's attention. Lombardi didn't get into the specific reasons why the trade fell through - the NHL prohibits general mangers from tampering with players under contract to other teams - but he offered some general reasons. Knowing he had four options for the player (Brule) he was reportedly acquiring - keeping him, trading him, buying out his contract or sending him to the minors - "I have to have the last three," Lombardi said. "I'm losing Ryan Smyth here, a 20-goal proven scorer. I'm not going to get that back from any team I'm dealing with."
Ryan Smyth remains a King as deal with Edmonton Oilers falls through
L.A. Daily News | Jun 26