Oilers’ Ryan Smyth: I’m staying put

It’s official: the Edmonton Oilers are not trading pending unrestricted free agent forward Ryan Smyth.

Because Smyth owns a no-trade clause in his contract, he would have had to give his consent before the Oilers traded him.

However, neither side wanted to part ways.

SportsNet’s Mark Spector reports that Smyth met with Tambellini Tuesday morning and agreed that the veteran will not be going anywhere before the February 27 trade deadline.

A lot of things were up in the air. Then we got back here (to Rexall Place from practice at a suburban rink) and he wanted to chat, clear the air, settle everything. I’m staying put, this is where my family and I call home.

It’s a nice feeling to hear that he wasn’t interested in moving me. It’s nice to know they’re interested in keeping me around.

In fact, Smyth wants to re-sign with the Oilers beyond this season.

I’d love to sign an extension at some point.

Smyth tells Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal would like to get that out of the way before February 27, if possible.

My ultimate goal is to sign a new contract with the Oilers, ideally before the trade deadline. Yeah, I want that.

Though that doesn’t look like it may happen. Smyth says that there have been no talks about a contract extension between the club and his representatives yet.

We (agent Don Meehan, Smyth and Tambellini) haven’t haven’t had that conversation at all. He hasn’t come to me, I haven’t approached him. Hopefully, in the next few days, we can talk and iron things out.

Perhaps the Oilers are still trying to evaluate what they should do with Smyth, though, as previously reported, the club loves having his veteran presence around their young players.

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