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Great player, great guy

MIKE JENKINSON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:31 AM ET

DO YOU know what you gave up, Kevin Lowe? Not only a great hockey player, but a great person as well.

Ryan Smyth was at our church at Christmas and my son Ryan was so excited he could hardly wait to talk to him. He went up to his favourite hockey player and Smyth stopped to chat with him. My son Ryan had told him that they shared the same name and Smyth told him that it was a great name! After spending time with Smyth, Ryan came and told us that this was the best Christmas ever! Wow! Thank you, Kevin Lowe, for making such a selfish decision. You should really look at the heart and soul of our team, not the paycheques!

Cindy Gurba

SHAME ON you, Kevin Lowe, for trading Ryan Smyth. For years the fans have watched the Oilers trade away their stars. The lockout was supposed to change that. This was a signing that should have been done for the fans. Hope all your money keeps you company when Rexall Place is empty!

Wade Maday

I SUPPORT Kevin Lowe in his decision to trade Ryan Smyth. It took a little while to digest given how much he had become the face of the franchise, but ultimately I feel it's a good move. In the end, fans will move on. If we can get over Wayne Gretzky, we'll get over Ryan Smyth.

Allan Schumacher

THE ONLY reason I watched any hockey games this season with my husband was because of Ryan Smyth. Now, there is no reason for me to care enough to watch. They could have traded any other player on the team and I certainly wouldn't have missed them. They damn well better bring him home in July.

Mona Hill

I WOULD just like to wish Ryan Smyth the best of luck with his new team! We will miss him immensely. He showed everybody what a great, classy person he is at his news conference at the airport! All I can say is, GO ISLANDERS, GO!

James Kalynchuk

AT THE Messier ceremony, Craig MacTavish said to Glen Sather, "Glen, it's good to have you back in Edmonton where you belong." Maybe Cal Nichols should consider hiring back Sather, which leaves a convenient vacancy in New York for the Moose to take over. And it punts Kevin Lowe out the door on his rear end, where he belongs!

Doug Harper

WAYNE GRETZKY, Mark Messier, Paul Coffey, Ryan Smyth ... I sure hope they know just what they are doing.

Jamie Germain

I HAVE been an Oilers faithful for 28 years and have seen the building years, the glory years and now the hopeful years. Losing Ryan Smyth is completely devastating. This one is harder than losing Gretzky. Kevin Lowe hides behind the statement of "the business of hockey" when the only business he needed to do was the right thing and sign Ryan Smyth. Even Forrest Gump would have known this deal was a must.

Laurel Basso

THE SADDEST thing about the trade was Kevin Lowe not taking part in the retiring and raising of Mark Messier's jersey as he was a very big part of the Oilers' success.

R. Chayka

I'VE BEEN an Oilers fan since the team came into the league, and I'm so very disappointed in the Ryan Smyth trade. How does a team go from within one game of winning the Stanley Cup one year to struggling for a playoff spot the next, then turn around and trade the very heart and soul of the team? Please spare us fans the "we had to get something for him" garbage. The organization could have signed Smyth between now and the summer. Season ticket sales are going to take a hit. Are the powers that be really interested in icing a contender? It doesn't look that way.

Todd Sterling

Elliot Lake, ON

BOYCOTTING THE team at this juncture will serve no one. The deal is done. So pull those jerseys out and put them on. Paint your faces and get ready to cheer the remaining players, because more than ever, they are going to need the fans.

C. Phillips

WOW. AFTER watching the Ryan Smyth news conference I am even more shocked and saddened that he is no longer an Oiler than I was when it first happened. Ryan, you are a class act all the way, and Kevin Lowe will regret this day.

D. Vollrath

IT MAY be true that economics decides the trades, but the bigwigs need to remember that emotion is what packs the seats come game time. Trade players with heart and soul for both the team and the city and you lose what unifies the city behind our team.

Melissa Oicle

GOOD FOR you, Kevin Lowe, and any other general manager who might follow suit. Isn't it about time that teams are not held hostage by outrageous salaries? If a player really and truly wanted to remain with a particular team for the remainder of a career, then maybe he would say to his agent, "Listen, I am satisfied with my position in this city and I can live quite comfortably on three or four million dollars per year. Let's make a deal."

Mike Diakiw

TO ALL the crybabies out there: get over it. Ryan Smyth is not a franchise player. You do not build a franchise around Ryan Smyth. Smyth has never been a 50-or 40-goal scorer in his career. He is basically a 20-to 30-goal scorer, and he wanted Daniel Briere money.

S. Anthony

IT'S NOT a smart business deal to move the heart and soul of your team. How smart will it be when half of Rexall Place is empty?

R. Ziebart

THERE'S A percentage of fans out there who should be ashamed of themselves. Kevin Lowe traded Ryan Smyth to New York because Ryan wanted more money than the Oilers could give him. If loyalty meant anything, then Ryan could easily have accepted the offer put to him by the Oilers management, and stayed here.

P. Urbanowski

PLEASE HAVE Kevin Lowe personally go to the edge of the city and change the signs to City of Chumps!

Shawn Holden

I AM so disappointed about the Ryan Smyth deal. I told my son that there's no more hockey on my TV. The only reason I watched the Oilers is because of Ryan and no more Ryan means no more hockey.

Dena Woods

OH NO! Here come the Chicken Little cries, "The sky is falling, the sky is falling." People, get over it! Bottom line is it's business. And there are other things to think about. For example: if the new rink is built, it will increase your taxes!

B. Work


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