Oilers deal Ladislav Smid, sign Ilya Bryzgalov

Jonathan Willis
November 08 2013 05:08PM

 

The Edmonton Oilers have traded Ladislav Smid to the Calgary Flames. Reportedly, they have also signed goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov.

The Trade

On it's own, this deal is a clear win for the Calgary Flames.

The only legitimate NHL player in this trade is Ladislav Smid. He has his faults; in particular he isn't an especially good puck-mover and has always been at his best when paired with a defenceman who can take primary responsibility for that part of the game. With that said, he is a legitimate middle-pairing defensive defenceman and a welcome physical presence, a guy who can kill penalties and has played some tough minutes over the years.

Olivier Roy is a marginal NHL goaltending prospect at this point, a guy still struggling to prove he can play regularly at the AHL level. Laurent Brossoit, an ex-Edmonton Oil King, is in his first year as a professional but is a better prospect long-term. Neither of these guys really matter in the NHL picture in the short term.

Roman Horak adds centre depth. He has 82 games of NHL experience but has spent most of this season with Abbotsford; he'll help the Barons a lot at centre right now and provides the Oilers with a second plausible call-up at that position (along with Linus Omark.

In the balance: the Oilers cleared cap space, but their NHL roster just got poorer.

Bryzgalov

Ilya Bryzgalov is a pretty good goalie. We don't have contract details yet, but the best guess is that we're looking at a one-year deal somewhere in the $2.0 - $2.5 million per year range. This isn't a totally surprising move; Jason Gregor reported it might happen not that long ago on this site.

Over the last five seasons, Bryzgalov has posted a 0.923 save percentage at even-strength. That makes him a little better than Devan Dubnyk and puts him in the same range as guys like Jonathan Quick, Carey Price and Corey Crawrford over that span. The difference is that Bryzgalov also famously imploded after being signed to a amassive ocntract by Philadelphia.

This is a good addition, particularly if he's being brought in to compete with Devan Dubnyk for playing time. It's not enough to explain the Smid trade, unless the contract is horrific. 

That's where we are now. The Oilers are better in net at the moment, significantly worse on defence and if another move doesn't come this has been a very bad night for Craig MacTavish. Another move is probably coming, and it will need to be a good one to make up for what's already happened.

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Jonathan Willis is a freelance writer. He currently works for Oilers Nation, Sportsnet, the Edmonton Journal and Bleacher Report. He's co-written three books and worked for myriad websites, including Grantland, ESPN, The Score, and Hockey Prospectus. He was previously the founder and managing editor of Copper & Blue.
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#1 ReJ
November 08 2013, 05:09PM
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Whaaaaaat

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#2 tileguy
November 08 2013, 05:09PM
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We just traded away grit and ornery, that's a step back.

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#3 nlq
November 08 2013, 05:10PM
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What. The. Fist?!

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#4 Sailge
November 08 2013, 05:10PM
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Had to do something. It's a start.....

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#5 acg5151
November 08 2013, 05:11PM
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I hope the Oilers are getting something good because Smid is a solid 2nd pair shutdown guy. I get that with Ference he's expendable but unless the Oilers get a few good pieces like Curtis Glencross, Stajan or some other guys I question the move.

The Oilers almost never trade with the Flames. Weird.

Edit - Terrible trade. Roman Horak and Brossoit were not worth Smid. Unless there is more to this MacT got fleeced.

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#6 Mike Krushelnyski
November 08 2013, 05:11PM
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Sailge wrote:

Had to do something. It's a start.....

Agreed. I like Smid a lot but clearly we weren't going anywhere with our current lineup.

I like getting Brossoit, at least we have a real goaltending prospect now.

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#7 DimebagDave
November 08 2013, 05:12PM
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Its gotta be freeing up salary for something coming.

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#8 Deece
November 08 2013, 05:13PM
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I was just thinking that we need to make a move, and what we need to do is clear out all these defensively responsible, gritty, NHL caliber defencemen. You can't swing a dead cat in that locker room without hitting one.

Dear god, there better be something else coming...

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#9 BleedOil4Life
November 08 2013, 05:14PM
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Need to change it up Some vets have got to go! He hasn't played well and it's a good salary dump See ya SMID!

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#10 Flynn
November 08 2013, 05:14PM
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I like it! Smid is average at best, anyone can block shots. He sure looked great on Tampas 3rd goal last night.....

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#11 vetinari
November 08 2013, 05:15PM
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Would rather that it was Nick Schultz but I'm guessing someone is about to break out the Bold Moves Playbook and more action is to follow...

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#12 DevoKnows
November 08 2013, 05:15PM
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This doesn't make sense unless we are unloading cap space for a bigger trade!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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#13 Toro
November 08 2013, 05:16PM
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Bryzgalov just signed here , Smid gone for cap reasons

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#14 Toro
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Bryzgalov just signed here , Smid gone for cap reasons

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#15 tileguy
November 08 2013, 05:16PM
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Horak, 6' 175 lbs, eeeke.

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#16 DJ Dynasty Handbag
November 08 2013, 05:16PM
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aaron ward just tweeted bryz to oilers

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#17 clyde
November 08 2013, 05:16PM
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Deece wrote:

I was just thinking that we need to make a move, and what we need to do is clear out all these defensively responsible, gritty, NHL caliber defencemen. You can't swing a dead cat in that locker room without hitting one.

Dear god, there better be something else coming...

Weird trade. Must be clearing cap and/or trying to ensure the Flames finish higher up in the standings. Horak is more of what you already have.

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#18 Tommyb
November 08 2013, 05:17PM
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@Mike Krushelnyski

I completly agree. I have been a Brossoit fan for a while and thought he would be good in Oilers threads. Sad to see Smid go though. He was the meanest guy in the lineup for a while. Hopefully this is to make room for a high end defenseman though....... Weber anybody. Damn it, I can't even type that out with a straight face

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#19 Aaron van der Vaart
November 08 2013, 05:18PM
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Salary dump

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#20 Smokey
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Theres another trading coming where we take on salary. Cause this a dump. Makes no sense otherwise. People freaking out is stupid. Wait a few days.

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#21 Mike Krushelnyski
November 08 2013, 05:18PM
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Bryzgalov an Oiler. God help us all

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#22 Mike Krushelnyski
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Bryzgalov an Oiler. God help us all

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#23 Rob F
November 08 2013, 05:18PM
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my favorite moment is the smid v iginla fight.....gonna miss his grit....loved his candor....

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#24 admiralmark
November 08 2013, 05:18PM
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IF Horak can make an excellent 4th line Center then i'm ok with this deal.

The goalie swap is two completely unpredictable players trading places.

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#25 westcoastoil
November 08 2013, 05:20PM
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Let's hope the Smid deal is also a precursor to Stall or Girardi coming over from NYR

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#26 westcoastoil
November 08 2013, 05:20PM
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Let's hope the Smid deal is also a precursor to Stall or Girardi coming over from NYR

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#27 DSF
November 08 2013, 05:22PM
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Oilers trading Smid means clearing payroll. Looking for another move. Philly been trying to dump Meszaros all year. Part of package?

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#28 PapaMike
November 08 2013, 05:22PM
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I get signing 'B', but sending Smid to the Flames is what is wrong with the Oilers. Never EVER trade with them. I need more beer.

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#29 Virtual_Xi
November 08 2013, 05:22PM
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cant wait till we keep losing and we get some beeeeeuty interviews from the legend himself!!!

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#30 DSF
November 08 2013, 05:23PM
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Jason Brough ‏@JasonPHT 36s

I actually think this could work. Bryzgalov complained about Philly's defensive system and the Oilers don't have one of those so no worries.

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#31 KRad
November 08 2013, 05:23PM
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I don't really like this deal, we could have gotten Brossoit cheaper at the draft (and yes, we didn't have the poor start to goaltending but it was an area that MacT wanted to address). But we do have a plethora of middle pairing defencemen and it clears cap space for Bryz (not that I'm exactly wild about having him either). But my question is why in the world did the Flames do this? You don't trade prospects for players in year 1 of a rebuild! And it isn't like they have actual goaltenders in their system. But whatever, I'm an Oilers fan what the f#$% do I know about how to do a rebuild.

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#32 clyde
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admiralmark wrote:

IF Horak can make an excellent 4th line Center then i'm ok with this deal.

The goalie swap is two completely unpredictable players trading places.

Horak can be a good 4rth line center, can kill penalties and gets in on the forecheck.

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#33 reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan)
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I guess this is the state of our goaltending and they have no other choice now... i want to be positive but his philly years were not positive in any way.

what were his terms?

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#34 Craig1981
November 08 2013, 05:24PM
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clyde wrote:

Horak can be a good 4rth line center, can kill penalties and gets in on the forecheck.

But is that worth a top 4 pairing d-man?

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#35 clyde
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KRad wrote:

I don't really like this deal, we could have gotten Brossoit cheaper at the draft (and yes, we didn't have the poor start to goaltending but it was an area that MacT wanted to address). But we do have a plethora of middle pairing defencemen and it clears cap space for Bryz (not that I'm exactly wild about having him either). But my question is why in the world did the Flames do this? You don't trade prospects for players in year 1 of a rebuild! And it isn't like they have actual goaltenders in their system. But whatever, I'm an Oilers fan what the f#$% do I know about how to do a rebuild.

Flames want their kids to be around solid, competitive vets during the rebuild. Don't want their kids thrown to the Wolves. And, have you seen the Flames def? Soft as butter.

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#36 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
November 08 2013, 05:26PM
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God I hope Bryz only got a 1-year. Signing him could turn out to be a great move or an utterly spectacular failure.

MacT just had his clock cleaned by Feaster. I get the salary dump aspect, but it seems like a really one sided deal.

EDIT: Thanks for the update J-Dub, and thank you GOD that Bryz got a one year. I'd kill to hear Yak and Bryz get interviewed after winning the cup. Time to get weird in Oil Country.

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clyde wrote:

Horak can be a good 4rth line center, can kill penalties and gets in on the forecheck.

You can find a player like that on waivers or as free agents every offseason.

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#38 Tim in Kelowna
November 08 2013, 05:26PM
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I understand that this trade opens cap room to sign Bryz, which is a gamble that may or may not pay off. But we now have one less NHL defensemen on an already weak d-corps.

So surely there is another deal coming with a capable NHL dman coming our way... Isn't there?

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#39 PapaMike
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clyde wrote:

Horak can be a good 4rth line center, can kill penalties and gets in on the forecheck.

I guess we now know why the Oilers braintrust were meeting with Slats. Horak was a Ranger pick initially

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#40 a lg dubl dubl
November 08 2013, 05:27PM
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So if Bryzgalov rumors are true, DD gets traded? Labarbera to the minors?

This weekend just got more interesting

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#41 MessyEH!
November 08 2013, 05:28PM
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From hockey futures.

The butterfly goalie can be at times brilliant and get on a hot streak but is prone to letting in a weak goal on a harmless-looking shot when he's fighting his game. His biggest weakness is that he can be susceptible to letting in soft goals and losing his mental focus. 

Great. Now everyone second verse same as the first.

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#42 Jim
November 08 2013, 05:28PM
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What does it matter Oilers still have Kevin Lowe, this team will be the same team as always perpetual non playoff team.

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#43 clyde
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Craig1981 wrote:

But is that worth a top 4 pairing d-man?

Not in my mind. But, this is a Bold move when you look at how it all and that is what Mac T promised. I personally thought Smid was pretty decent and a heck of a battler.

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#44 Wohin gehst du?
November 08 2013, 05:29PM
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Look, bold move, everyone complains. Called it.

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#45 clyde
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DSF wrote:

You can find a player like that on waivers or as free agents every offseason.

Very true.

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#46 DSF
November 08 2013, 05:32PM
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Nothing says "We're both crappy" more eloquently than an Oilers-Flames trade. #whatrivalry

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#47 Citizen David
November 08 2013, 05:32PM
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Forget my Bryzgalov bashing. What number will he wear? I need to get a jersey.

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#48 TDSM31
November 08 2013, 05:33PM
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Desperate times call for desperate measures I guess...

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#49 Jeffff
November 08 2013, 05:33PM
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Phillly one of the worst teams in the NHL gets rid of Bryzgalov . Edmonton at best are taking a huge gamble on him, He was hated in the locker room.

Wonder whose idea this was, it fits the Oiler philosophy that has worked so well in the last 8 years.

Get use to losing .

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Still see something getting done between EDM and Philly. Oil may have to take on Meszaros to get what they want.

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