There was no way Ryan Smyth could return to the Kings after asking to be traded. It seemed like there was no way he was going to Edmonton, either, after the teams nixed a proposed deal Friday that would send injured forward Gilbert Brule to the Kings. That changed Sunday when the Kings traded Smyth to the Oilers in exchange for Colin Fraser and a 2012 seventh- round draft pick. Smyth returns to the city where he began his NHL career in 1994 and became a folk hero over the next 13 years. "I didn't ever want to leave in the first place," said Smyth, who was traded by the Oilers to the New York Islanders in 2007. "Along the journey, you experience something. I think it was the right thing to do - there was a time at that point to carry on and you see the other side, and you experience it, and you learn lots. I'm just overly thrilled to be back." In Fraser, the Kings receive a penalty-killing, energy-line forward who topped out with seven goals and 19 points in 2009-10 for the Stanley Cup-winning Chicago Blackhawks. The 26-year-old dipped to three goals and five points in 67 games for the Oilers last season, his third in the NHL. In 224 career games he has 16 goals, 41 points and 168 penalty minutes. Primarily a center, Fraser won 44.6 percent of his faceoffs last season. Kings general manager Dean Lombardi said Fraser has a chance to remain on the team going into training camp and beyond. A day earlier Lombardi intimated Brule's contract would have been bought out had that trade gone through. Fraser, however, earns $825,000 in the final year of his contract - more than $1 million less than Brule - and would be an easier fit for the Kings' finances.
Ryan Smyth finds his way home, as Kings finalize deal with Edmonton
L.A. Daily News | Jun 27