Ryan Smyth Insists He’s Not Living In The Past Since His Trade Back To Edmonton In 2011 But His Reasons For His LA Exit Still Remain Murky
By Paul Armbruster • KingsNewsDaily.com •
In Helene Elliot’s LA Times piece today, she revealed former King Ryan Smith’s feelings about leaving the club prior to LA’s Stanley Cup win.
“I’d be lying to you if I’d be sitting here and saying I didn’t,” he said. “It was tough to swallow, for sure, but it was great to see some of my friends win it.”
That tidbit seems to be the prevailing focus of the story.
However, that wasn’t what caught this editor’s attention. It was the quote that followed that raised an eyebrow: “Obviously, you can’t live in the past. You can’t sit there and dwell on things. My family’s safe, and that’s the most important thing.”
Helene made no mention of that odd bit of word choice beyond the quote itself and there appeared to be no followup question asking for clarification on what exactly he meant by that statement. Helene did mention speculation about Smyth’s wife being unhappy living in the reigning Stanley Cup Champion’s city. But did his wife feel unsafe living in Los Angeles?
Smyth was quoted back in June of 2011 saying, “My wife and I discussed for a little while that we wanted to come back to Canada for personal reasons. That’s where home is for us. The kids are starting out in school. We just felt it would be best for us to come back.”
When anyone says, “we just felt” it is almost certain there is more to the story. In this case, the personal reasons Smyth cited may have revolved around where their children were raised. It certainly seems plausible. But having a preference where to raise a family and using words like ‘safe’ to describe your family’s current condition in the context of the subject at hand (that being where you used to live) seems to indicate a disconnect between a simple personal preference and downright fear.