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Well, no one can say the Islanders aren’t going for it…


Unable to reach a long-term deal with their captain, the Edmonton Oilers instead traded Ryan Smyth to the New York Islanders for prospects Ryan O’Marra and Robert Nilsson and the Islanders’ first-round pick in 2007.

The two-year, $7 million US contract Smyth signed in 2005 expires after this season, when he will be eligible for unrestricted free agency.

It remains possible, therefore, that Smyth could re-sign with the Oilers in the summer – assuming today’s trade didn’t sour his thoughts on the prospect of a return.

And, of course, the Oilers would still have to meet his asking price.

Smyth has been a cornerstone of the Oilers franchise since Edmonton selected him with the sixth overall pick in the 1994 draft.

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