Report: Injury will rework trade
The Los Angeles Kings will receive some form of added compensation from the trade that sent Ryan Smyth to the Edmonton Oilers after it was discovered that Colin Fraser has a fractured ankle and cyst that will require surgery, according to a report in the L.A. Times.
Fraser reportedly will need four months to recover and will not be able to start the upcoming season.
Oilers general manger Steve Tambellini disputed the report.
"[There are] a couple things that are bothering us, myself personally, with regards to some of the misinformation that's out there," Tambellini said. "I'm not enjoying hearing after we completed a good deal for the Edmonton Oilers and a good deal for the Los Angeles Kings that personal information that's coming out from someone. As far as us with the deal itself, our medical people were quite clear and consistent and confident with their assessment of Colin.
"Our head medical doctor and staff, as I told the team, were very clear and very confident that he'd be given the go ahead [to be] cleared to begin full training to start for the upcoming season by Wednesday.
"What they decide to do as a team, that's up to them, that's their player and I wish them all the very best."
Smyth asked for a trade out of Los Angeles for family reasons, wanting to return to his original NHL team, the Oilers.
Smyth, 35, played in 82 games with the Kings this past season, racking up 47 points. He had two consecutive 20-plus goal seasons in 149 career regular season games with the Kings.
Fraser, 26, played in 67 games this past season with the Oilers, scoring three goals and two assists. It was his first season in Edmonton after spending four years with the Chicago Blackhawks, including the 2009-10 season when the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup. Fraser recorded career-highs that year in goals (seven), assists (12) and points (19).