Smyth to waive no-trade for Rangers?

by Paul Raymond | Posted on Friday, February 3rd, 2012

It looks like New York Rangers general manager Glen Sather is trying to position the team for a serious run at a Stanley Cup Championship. The Rangers currently hold the number one seed in the Eastern Conference but do have some holes. They’ve got a very weak power play, an offense that could use a spark and another defenseman. If Sather has his wish he’ll be reunited with Ryan Smyth.

If Rangers general manager Glen Sather is interested in reuniting with Ryan Smyth by acquiring Edmonton’s veteran left wing to bolster the attack, the feeling may well be a reciprocal one, The Post has learned.

A well-placed source told The Post that Smyth, who was drafted sixth overall in 1994 by Sather and then played the first five years under his direction while he was general manager of the Oilers, would give serious consideration to waiving his no-move clause in order to pursue a Cup on Broadway. (New York Post)

Smyth would be a great addition to the team if the Rangers were somehow able to free up salary cap space. Ryan’s contract has him making $6 million this season so that’s a lot of space they need to create. Especially when you consider that the team could use another defender.

So how could Ryan help? He’s had tons of success on the power play throughout his career. He’s also a proven scorer who would be a great asset to Marian Gaborik or Brad Richards, pending on which line he joins.

Best of all his contract expires in July, so it would be a short term rental. Which means the Rangers shouldn’t have to give up tooo much via trade and the contract will be off the books pretty quick.

So in my mind all I have to say is Glen get the job done!

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