Today, Rich Hammond reported on LAKingsInsider.com that Colin Fraser, who was (ultimately) acquired from the Edmonton Oilers in the Ryan Smyth trade is revealed to have an injury that will keep him out of action for the first two months of the season.
Now, for those of you who wanted to part ways with Ryan Smyth's hefty salary all along, rest easy as this trade will not and cannot be voided. The Los Angeles Kings were not planning on buying out Fraser's contract like they were planning on doing with Gilbert Brule, who was originally acquired for Smyth.
With that said, although the Kings are not allowed to buy out the contract of an injured player, they certainly have enough fourth-line centers to choose from.
All in all, this isn't a story that should irritate anyone in Los Angeles. All this is is a chapter in what's already turned into a ridiculously-ongoing saga in what is really a simple trade that sent a veteran back to the team whom he began his NHL career with.
So, with Fraser gone for the first part of the season, there may be a little more urgency to re-sign Brad Richardson and/or Trevor Lewis or even promote a player from Manchester.
Regardless of how you look at it, you do have to admit that this has been a pretty entertaining week-and-a-half in terms of Ryan Smyth and who and what was involved in this mess.