February 20, 2009 11:56 AM
Smyth doesn't want trade
Avalanche left wing Ryan Smyth said today that trade rumors "caught me off guard" and he doesn't want to leave Colorado.
The full story should be on our web site soon, if it isn't already, but here are a few quotes from Smyth.
Asked if he wants to be traded: "No, I like Colorado," Smyth said following the morning skate at the Verizon Center in Washington, where tonight the Avalanche plays the Capitals. "It's a beautiful city. It's a great city.
"Rumors are rumors. I dealt with that early on in my career, too. My name was out there, but that's hockey. It's business, and as a player you've got to overcome situations like this."
Smyth, who turns 33 on Saturday, is in the second year of the five-year, $31.25 million contract he signed as a free agent on July 1, 2007. The deal includes a no-movement clause, which he would have to waive in order to be traded.
Smyth has been one of the few bright spots for the Avalanche this season, and I don't think it would make a whole lot of sense to deal him. He is the team's top scorer with 46 points.
Smyth said he still believes the Avalanche can make a run for a playoff position, even though the team is seven points out of the final Western Conference postseason position with only 23 games remaining.