So, if this were true and Smyth did go back to Edmonton, that would clog a team that is thick with wingers. It would help LA shift his $6.25 mil per year contract, to a team that could handle it. To date, they have 14 players on the roster with $22,150,000 in cap space.
Why is that intriguing to Colorado? (Who, incidentally also have 14 players signed, but with $27,254,167 free).
It is intriguing because where Edmonton sucks, is down the middle. Where Colorado is really thin (ie. non-existent) is on the LW.
So, Smyth goes to Edmonton and pushes out either Magnus Paajarvi or Hartikaenin. They draft RNH, instantly they get better. Are either Paajarvi or Harty better than what we have now? Are they better than Olver, who may end up on Dutchie's wing sooner rather than later?
I really do not think that Mueller or Flash will be back next season. There have been no updates in many months - Mueller has been out nearly a whole year. Flash is still not cleared to play (although, he is more likely in my mind to come back rather than Mueller) and is a free agent this year.
Management could always sign a free agent, but ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha cry. Sorry, but it's unlikely. If they do, it will not be a blockbuster deal - rather, it will be like Matt Hunwick, where most people are like "WTF?"
Of course, the Avs could simply sign Landeskog and be done with it. Is he ready to play in the big show next season? I would argue that although it would address immediate team needs, would it damage his development? Chances are, that he will get a shot at the bigs shortly after Christmas time, when the injury bug really gets hungry.
What do the illuminati of MHH think?