Ryan Smyth says he's ready to take on whatever role is required of him by the Oilers in the upcoming season. (AMBER BRACKEN/QMI Agency)
EDMONTON - Ryan Smyth had travelled from Paris to London when he found out his career wasn’t over.
Wednesday the guy who is such an old pro he can claim to have played (three games) back in the first lockout year in 1995 as part of that 48-game season, returned to town from his gold medal triumph as Captain Canada at the Spengler Cup in Davos, Switzerland and short holiday with his wife afterward.
Today Smyth will join the growing number of his teammates on the ice at Rexall Place including the expected arrival of No. 1 overall draft pick Nail Yakupov.
“We were walking back to the hotel in London after getting a bite to eat when I received the text message that the lockout was over,” said the guy who is such an old pro he can claim to have played (it was only three games) the first lockout in 1995 as part of that 48-game season.
“As soon as we got back to the hotel I went online and read the details,” said Smyth.
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