I felt bad for Smyth, he's clearly very upset to be leaving and it was obviously a shock to him.
It's a shame he had to hear the news from the media rather than Kevin Lowe.
I believe negotiations ahev been strained with Smyth during his last couple of contract talks.
For whatever reason it seems the Oilers were more concerned with locking down the likes of Pisani, Hemsky and Staios than inking Smyth to another contract.
Bob McKenzie on TSN yesterday said the Flames basically asked Iginla what his number was and said they'd fit other contracts in around him, the Oilers seemed to do the opposite.
It's all come down to a matter of $100,000 per year I believe, which isn't a great deal of money to either side.
To the regular working person it's a fortune, but when you're already being offered $5+ it seems slightly ridiculous to hold out for $500,000 more over five years.
I can understand Smyth looking at Tanguay's contract with the Flames and thinking he should be paid along those lines considering Tanguay doesn't have the same international pedigree or the same times to the Flames that Smyth has to the Oil.
Organizations operate in different ways though.
A shame all-round really.
I wish him the best in New York.