Dry those eyes, Captain Colorado. No more fishsticks for you.
“Captain Canada” Ryan Smyth has found a new home with the Colorado Avalanche.
Late in a frenzied first day of free-agent signing, Smyth — the last remaining topflight forward — left the New York Islanders on Sunday night for a return trip to the Western Conference.
Smyth agreed to a five-year deal worth $31.25 million with the Avalanche, who are looking to quickly rebuild a franchise that missed the playoffs last season for the first time since 1994 — two years before the team relocated to Denver from Quebec.
Oh yeah, fellow free agents Viktor Kozlov, Tom Poti, Richard Zednik, and Jason Blake all left the Island as well. But Islanders’ GM Garth Snow did agree to terms with former-Thrasher Jon Sim. So he’s got that going for him.