i have no sympathy for smyth. none. if what is being speculated is true and that both sides were only a few hundred thousand dollars apart, then shame on him. i understand that it's business, blah blah blah but this guy has been an oiler for a decade. even in a business situation, kevin lowe would not realistically lowball smyth. this is the face of the franchise but lowe has to look out for the salary of the rest of his team especially in a salary cap NHL. both sides were obviously in the same ballpark when negotiating. when you're talking about 5+ million dollars a season, a few hundred thousand is pennies for a player to give up. Especially for somebody who claims to love the city and love the franchise so much.
i believe the saying that NHL players have a short shelf life and need to make as much as they can because of the length of their careers is circumstantial. with players making the kind of money smyth is, a few hundred thousand dollars will not make a legit. difference . i saw clips today of smyth crying at the airport before leaving the airport. take those tears to long island. if you truely loved the city of edmonton and the oilers, you would have stayed and given up that relatively small amount to continue being the face of the franchise.