Closing the chapter on another legend…

By , April 11, 2014 9:27 pm
Goodbye to another great one..

Goodbye to another great one..

Due to the suck the Oilers put on most nights, this blog has been put on pause, as you all know, but sometimes you have to forego all that. This is definitely the one time…

Tomorrow is Smytty’s final game as an Oiler. I will say that Ryan Smyth is a shade of the player he was in his first stint here, but I will miss him a heck of a lot. I think too that while he has obviously slowed down, his battle level had never died. That’s the one thing I’ll always admire about Smytty. When you think about all the Oilers that have “bled copper and blue”, he’s the first one that comes to mind. Even amid the greats that once played here, he’s the first one you think of when you think of a guy who left everything on the table each game. He never won a Stanley Cup, but I think he earned one. It’s a shame the Oilers never won in ’06, cause he really deserved it.

I just want to personally thank Ryan Smyth for all he’s done for this city, and all he’s done as a player. I have a lot of respect for you, and I just hope that some of your character rubs off on the new wave of players here.

Lastly, I can’t wait until we inevitably see your #94 hanging in the rafters some day.

P.S.: oh how great would it be for him to score on the PP tomorrow?? Bed-f’in-lam.

3 Responses to “Closing the chapter on another legend…”

  1. Ktown says:

    Been awhile since I came past here, but finally saw this post.

    Agreed 100%, especially the #94 in the rafters. I know the team has the whole “Hall of Fame” thing, and there are those that would say his stats don’t merit the jersey retirement, but I think Smytty’s contributions to this team go far beyond hockey stats.

    PS – Bawled my ass off at the end of that game…

  2. hemmerlady says:

    Agreed about the rafters, Ktown.

    I was a sobbing mess, myself. Seeing Smytty so emotional, the culmination of his passion for the game and for the Oilers, watching him embrace his kids, seeing his slight reluctance before he stepped off the ice for the last time…it was overwhelming. He has a huge heart. I don’t think the rest of the team has that much heart combined.

    I think Hall’s passion has real potential, though. I hope we have yet to see the apex of his talent and fire.

  3. Racki says:

    Maybe he’ll be in the Hall one day… :P Unlikely, but I suppose you never know, for his undying service to the Canadian teams ;)

    But yah, despite the hall of fame thing, I think this should be a one time exception. Ryan Smyth is Oilers.

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