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SMYTH'S EMOTIONAL DAY

Wednesday, 02.28.2007 / 12:00 AM / 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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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 23 16 6 1 61 57 33
2 TBL 22 14 6 2 77 60 30
3 PIT 19 13 4 2 69 44 28
4 NYI 20 14 6 0 68 57 28
5 BOS 22 13 9 0 57 54 26
6 DET 20 10 5 5 55 49 25
7 TOR 21 11 8 2 67 63 24
8 OTT 19 9 6 4 52 50 22
9 NYR 20 9 7 4 57 58 22
10 WSH 20 9 8 3 56 54 21
11 NJD 21 9 9 3 53 61 21
12 FLA 18 7 5 6 40 47 20
13 PHI 19 8 9 2 57 60 18
14 CAR 20 6 11 3 48 62 15
15 CBJ 20 6 12 2 49 72 14
16 BUF 21 6 13 2 36 70 14

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 20 8 12 -4 20
B. Nelson 20 10 9 5 19
K. Okposo 20 5 14 -1 19
R. Strome 20 4 11 9 15
J. Boychuk 19 2 11 7 13
F. Nielsen 20 5 7 5 12
N. Kulemin 20 4 7 0 11
N. Leddy 20 5 4 8 9
M. Grabovski 17 4 5 5 9
J. Bailey 12 3 4 5 7
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 9 4 0 .918 2.42
C. Johnson 5 2 0 .876 3.33

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