Ryan Smyth admits he may have painted himself into a corner when it comes to contract negotiations with the Edmonton Oilers.

Admitting he is only interested in playing with the Oilers has eliminated whatever leverage the veteran winger may have had heading into unrestricted free agency.

Regardless, Smyth is optimistic he and the club can come together on a deal that will keep him in town for a while longer.

"I guess, you can say I painted myself into a corner, but on the other end of it, I still believe I have a lot left in me and I have a lot left to give," said Smyth as the Oilers packed their bags Monday and went their separate ways for the summer. "I came back to this organization not only because of the history I have here, but because of the direction where I think this team is going.