ST. PAUL, Minn. - Is Ryan Smyth close to returning to Edmonton?
While his agent, Don Meehan, confirmed Friday night that Smyth has formally waived his no-trade clause to rejoin the Oilers, general manager Steve Tambellini said later that nothing has been completed.
Reports indicated the Los Angeles Kings would get forward Gilbert Brule and a fourth-round draft pick in return but the Kings are concerned about Brule's health and awaiting medical clearance. Despite the complication, the deal is expected to go through.
Smyth had 23 goals and 24 assists in 82 games last season with L.A.
He started his NHL career with the Oilers in 1994-95 and spent over a decade with the team before being dealt to the New York Islanders.
Smyth has over 760 points (355-405) in 1,069 career regular-season games. He also has 59 points (28-31) in 93 career playoff games.
Brule, a 24-year-old centre, had nine points (seven goals, two assists) in 41 games last season.