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Smyth: I'm ready to talk

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:52 AM ET

Edmonton Oilers winger Ryan Smyth, who becomes an unrestricted free agent this summer if he and the Oilers can't strike a deal before then, says the two sides aren't negotiating yet, but he's ready when they are.

"The ball is in their court," he said.

Neither side is crazy about the distraction of contract talks in the middle of a playoff drive, but if he goes to UFA in the summer they risk losing him and getting nothing in return.

DENY, DENY, DENY

Philadelphia Flyers GM Paul Holmgren denied reports that he and Kevin Lowe are trying to work out a trade for defenceman Joni Pitkanen.

The Oilers, however, did have a scout at the Senators-Flyers game.

Raffi Torres and Joffrey Lupul were the names being mentioned as going the other way.


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