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SMYTH'S EMOTIONAL DAY

Wednesday, 02.28.2007 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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SMYTH\'S EMOTIONAL DAY
Islanders' new all-star acquisition arrives tonight, will join team for Thursday's morning skate

For hockey fans in both countries, it will likely evoke memories of the day Wayne Gretzky traveled from Edmonton to Los Angeles.

Ryan Smyth, class act that he is, made the decision not to speak publicly yesterday about his trade to the Islanders for understandable reasons. The Oilers were retiring Mark Messier's number last night, and Smyth wanted to limit distractions.

So before boarding a plan for New York this morning, Smyth will hold a farewell press conference before what is expected to be a huge gathering of reporters at Edmonton International Airport. Check tsn.ca and the other major Canadian sports websites for coverage of what should be an emotional scene.

With the time difference, Smyth's plane will not land in New York until tonight. Canadian reporters who jumped on airplanes within moments of the announcement of the trade making it to the Coliseum in time to see Trent Hunter's overtime goal were a bit disappointed to learn they will not get a shot of Smyth at practice today.

After a proper night's sleep on Long Island tonight, Smyth will step on the ice of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum at approximately 10:30 am on Thursday. About an hour later, Ryan Smyth will be formally introduced as a member of the New York Islanders.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 51 38 9 4 166 114 80
2 FLA 52 31 15 6 143 115 68
3 NYR 52 29 18 5 148 134 63
4 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
6 NYI 51 27 18 6 143 127 60
7 DET 52 26 18 8 130 131 60
8 PIT 51 26 18 7 132 130 59
9 NJD 53 26 20 7 119 120 59
10 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
11 MTL 54 26 24 4 143 143 56
12 PHI 51 23 19 9 121 133 55
13 OTT 53 24 23 6 148 165 54
14 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
15 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
K. Okposo 49 15 26 -7 41
J. Tavares 48 19 21 -4 40
F. Nielsen 51 15 18 0 33
B. Nelson 51 20 11 1 31
M. Grabovski 51 9 15 2 24
J. Bailey 50 9 15 5 24
N. Leddy 51 3 20 -8 23
A. Lee 51 7 15 1 22
R. Strome 40 5 14 -6 19
C. Clutterbuck 50 11 4 6 15
 
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