Emotional scene as Smyth now an ex-Oiler

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:38 AM ET

Saying goodbye is never easy - especially when it involves Ryan Smyth and his ex-teammates.

Smyth quietly said goodbye to many close friends within the Edmonton Oilers organization before leaving the city yesterday.

"It was tough," said Oilers captain Jason Smith.

"I guess it is kind of parting ways.

"Obviously we will still be friends and still keep in touch.

"Guys have left this room many years ago and (I'm) still in contact with them.

"It will be the same way with Ryan."

Fernando Pisani understandably didn't reveal too many details of the final meeting with Smyth, but painted a pretty clear picture.

"It was pretty emotional," he said.

"It was tough for him to say goodbye to guys."

During the day after the stunning trade, the shock value was still apparent outside the Oilers' compound at Rexall Place.

"Anyone who said they expected to see that coming would be lying," said Shawn Horcoff on the trade.

Raffi Torres probably summed up the feelings of many veteran Oilers when asked what life was like with Smyth not around ...

"It sucks. You can't replace a guy like Ryan Smyth on the ice and in the room. He is a great leader and a great player."

FINISH LINES: Although their playoff hopes are almost gone, the Oilers aren't throwing in the towel - yet. "Everybody's focus is: Wouldn't it be great if we could turn this thing around and make the playoffs,"said Horcoff.


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