On Sunday, Ryan Smyth didn’t look like a player in his first day of training camp with a new team. Smyth often jumped into drills without hesitation and chatted and offered encouragement to teammates. Not that there won’t be a bit of an adjustment period…
“Obviously it’s about getting the systems down right and knowing what they want,” Smyth said. “That’s part of the transition that you have to adjust to.”
Another one? The Los Angeles area, which is a bit more, shall we say, “cozy” than the Denver suburbs.
“The homes are right on top of each other here, but we found a nice place,” Smyth said.
One thing Smyth doesn’t want to change is his on-ice success. In 12 full NHL seasons, Smyth has made the playoffs nine times. Does he have his sights set on the playoffs this season?
“We don’t want to get too far ahead of ourselves,” Smyth said, “but every team’s goal is to shoot for making the playoffs. I don’t think it’s an unreasonable thing for this team to shoot for.”