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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#51 Neal
November 08 2013, 05:34PM
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This doesn't look good... We give up grit for a 4th line C? And Bryzgalov? Probably the biggest dice roll in the league right now. On the positive side Brossoit looks like an excellent prospect... There has to be more to come, or was this just to appease all the fans calling for some Bold (riverboat gambling)?

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#52 bmac
November 08 2013, 05:35PM
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RNH for carcillo!

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#53 DrunkGuyTy
November 08 2013, 05:35PM
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Smid was a warrior for us. Seldom took a shift off and did what he could without a lot of god-given talent. I'm going to hate hating him. Good luck dude.

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#54 Craig1981
November 08 2013, 05:35PM
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I don't get it. Smid was tied up for 4 years and at MOST Bryzgalov is an experiment for 1 year. Where does that leave us in one year? Give a player away so you can take on a long term contract, but not a short one. Even if Bryzgalov had a .940 save average would you feel good signing him to anything over 2 years next year, considering his history?

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#55 clyde
November 08 2013, 05:38PM
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Mark Spector ‏@SportsnetSpec 7m

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

I don't think the Oilers want to do that. He's really gone down the drain.

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#56 Young Oil
November 08 2013, 05:38PM
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Craig1981 wrote:

I don't get it. Smid was tied up for 4 years and at MOST Bryzgalov is an experiment for 1 year. Where does that leave us in one year? Give a player away so you can take on a long term contract, but not a short one. Even if Bryzgalov had a .940 save average would you feel good signing him to anything over 2 years next year, considering his history?

It makes room for Klefbom (who is reportedly a Smid with some offense), as well as Marincin and Nurse next year. Plus, I doubt this is the end of the trades. Everyone should wait for the dust to settle before making judgements.

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#57 clyde
November 08 2013, 05:39PM
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Craig1981 wrote:

I don't get it. Smid was tied up for 4 years and at MOST Bryzgalov is an experiment for 1 year. Where does that leave us in one year? Give a player away so you can take on a long term contract, but not a short one. Even if Bryzgalov had a .940 save average would you feel good signing him to anything over 2 years next year, considering his history?

This does seem desperate. Are a couple of the higher ups getting some heat finally?

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#58 BuckNegged
November 08 2013, 05:39PM
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Have we stooped that low that we are now intentionally losing trades to the Flamers? This is incredulous! Good thing our team is loaded with tough gritty defence men. And we get another midget back for a "4th line centre". Hope Lowe and MacT had a great time partying in Toronto with Ford.

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#59 Serious Gord
November 08 2013, 05:39PM
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I will reprise what I posted on an earlier thread:

Prior to the beginning of the season and very early on in the season I suggested getting Bryz and was chided by Gregor on the radio (and stauffer too?). Now it looks like they might but I oppose it.

The horse is now out of the barn - the season is lost. Bryz is a bandaid at best for this Season only and trading players with futures longer than one year for a sub-one year impact is panic-driven idiocy.

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#60 Reality Check to the head
November 08 2013, 05:40PM
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Honestly, this is a disheartening deal that drips of desperation.

Smid could have stayed in the organization and dived on any grenade thrown his way.

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#61 DSF
November 08 2013, 05:41PM
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@Real_ESPNLeBrun is next to me in the ACC press box. He is weeping with joy now that the Bryz signing is official.

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#62 Jackson
November 08 2013, 05:41PM
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Craig1981 wrote:

I don't get it. Smid was tied up for 4 years and at MOST Bryzgalov is an experiment for 1 year. Where does that leave us in one year? Give a player away so you can take on a long term contract, but not a short one. Even if Bryzgalov had a .940 save average would you feel good signing him to anything over 2 years next year, considering his history?

Same place as before a lottery pick team.

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#63 westcoastoil
November 08 2013, 05:42PM
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How bad is DD's season? He just cost us Smid for a goalie with a career .913s%

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#64 MessyEH!
November 08 2013, 05:42PM
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Smid was over payed. Andy Sutton was just as effective. For half the cap hit.

I don't like the trade. But it frees up 4 million in cap room.

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#65 DSF
November 08 2013, 05:42PM
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John Shannon ‏@JSportsnet 1m Oilers make Bryzgalov signing official. 1 year deal.

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#66 DSF
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John Shannon ‏@JSportsnet 1m Oilers make Bryzgalov signing official. 1 year deal.

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#67 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
November 08 2013, 05:43PM
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Bryz, Omark and Meszaros for Weber, now I get it.

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#68 DSF
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Robin Brownlee ‏@Robin_Brownlee 12m

Already a laughingstock, the Oilers get funnier by signing Bryzgalov. Dubnyk left the door open and in walks the human whoopee cushion.

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#69 Johnnydapunk
November 08 2013, 05:45PM
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I still laugh at Bryzgalov defending Pronger with this gem of an interview, with the bonus of his thoughts on living in Edmonton.

Bryzgalov on Edmonton

If it is true that he signed, then welcome to the terrordome Bryz!

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#70 HowMuch
November 08 2013, 05:45PM
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Smid was dealt to clear up cap space...this scares me. How much money are they paying Ilya Bryzgolav ?

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#71 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
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DSF wrote:

Robin Brownlee ‏@Robin_Brownlee 12m

Already a laughingstock, the Oilers get funnier by signing Bryzgalov. Dubnyk left the door open and in walks the human whoopee cushion.

That's GOLD, Robin! GOLD, I tell ya!!

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#72 DSF
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Vomits. RT @HBomb1982 Gregor throws out Hemsky, Meszaros and Simmonds names.

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#73 Oiler Al
November 08 2013, 05:46PM
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SMid.... salary dump... Was a 4-5 D man at best on a decent team. Never really used his size to his advantage ..enough. 90% of hits were bear hugs at best.

What will be missed is he was a team player and good shot blocker... but his puckmoving ability and skating were not the best.Was out of postion too often for a vet. player.

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#74 Dan 1919
November 08 2013, 05:46PM
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Oiler’s syndrome: watching players play top roles even though they would have trouble cracking the line up on good teams and getting so use to watching the Oiler player in the top role, that you eventually think he is that good.

Smid had awesome heart and character, but he wasn’t spectacular. In fact, this season he has been a poor defencemen. He’s also a guy like Horcoff that just needs change, never mind everything else.

Best of luck to Smid, Oiler’s needed to do something/anything about goaltending and they did. Hopefully it pans out, this is likely just the start of many changes.

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#75 Sidney Frosby
November 08 2013, 05:51PM
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Mac-T just traded Smid for my toilet plunger.....

Horrible move to make room for signing Bryz...

Mac-T wasted cap room and contracts on Labarbara and Grebeshkov.

I don't think this guy is cut out for this job.

If we didn't have god awful Ferrence, Grebeshkov, and Labarbie contracts, we could have moved Smid for a Willie Mitchell or Anton Volchenkov.

Sounds like we got Roman Horak and a ECHL goalie...

At least get Chris Breen in the deal....

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#76 DSF
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Ilya Bryzgalov signing with the Oilers is karmic payback to the media from The Hockey Gods for enduring the last lockout.

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#77 Sidney Frosby
November 08 2013, 05:54PM
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Johnnydapunk wrote:

I still laugh at Bryzgalov defending Pronger with this gem of an interview, with the bonus of his thoughts on living in Edmonton.

Bryzgalov on Edmonton

If it is true that he signed, then welcome to the terrordome Bryz!

Terrordome is damn right...

4 headed goalie monster....

When this doesn't work out, I wonder if Mac-T will sign Theodore.

Now....Mac-T definitely cannot trade and get an actual useful goalie like a Jake Allen, Hiller, or a STL goalie.

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#78 Stack Pad Save
November 08 2013, 05:55PM
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What this really makes is Pronger for Roman Horak and Luaren Broussouit ....seriously....wtf

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#79 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
November 08 2013, 05:55PM
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Holy hell, imagine how the comments section is gonna look on the GDB if Bryz lays an egg his first game. Colonel Wanye's gonna need to pay for extra servers to handle the influx of despair.

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#80 Lochenzo
November 08 2013, 05:55PM
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Goaltending this year is the concern. This summers, guys like Halak, Elliot, Hiller hit the open market. They'll want to go somewhere where they can be the starter.

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#81 Rob...
November 08 2013, 05:57PM
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Smid was a warrior. It's sad he went 3 hours south, as it means I can't even wish him luck.

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#82 Stack Pad Save
November 08 2013, 05:58PM
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Smid got traded for 2 unestablished players who were 6th and 5th round draft picks ..... Did Smid sleep with MacT's wife?????

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#83 Sidney Frosby
November 08 2013, 05:59PM
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Hopefully Ferrence gets bought out in the summer...

We could perspective have:

Petry,J.Shutlz Nhl defenseman, Nurse Klefbom, Nhl defenseman

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#84 OilClog
November 08 2013, 06:01PM
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Pronger.. Coming back

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#85 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
November 08 2013, 06:01PM
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Bryz: -32 is insane! Yak: Winter here is mild compared to my hometown, comrade.

Russians are a weird, weird people.

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#86 OilClog
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Pronger.. Coming back

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#87 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
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EDIT: double post, please delete!

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#88 Rob F
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@DSF

HEY! I thought I was the human whoopee cushion....

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#89 Alsker
November 08 2013, 06:03PM
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Wonder if he could make the Philly game tom, as back up only, would be classic. As for Smid wish they had dumped his salary anywhere other than Calgary.

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#90 Rama Lama
November 08 2013, 06:03PM
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I do not understand why the Calgary Lames would do this deal..........someone like SMID does not really help them,........It's going to be wierd seeing him in Red.

The guy is a classic warrior ........too bad he did not have more skill with the puck.

All the best Smiddy........you were always an honest hockey player who defended your team mates with everything you had!

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#91 Rama Lama
November 08 2013, 06:04PM
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I do not understand why the Calgary Lames would do this deal..........someone like SMID does not really help them,........It's going to be wierd seeing him in Red.

The guy is a classic warrior ........too bad he did not have more skill with the puck.

All the best Smiddy........you were always an honest hockey player who defended your team mates with everything you had!

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#92 Alsker
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Jordan Nugent-Hallkins wrote:

Holy hell, imagine how the comments section is gonna look on the GDB if Bryz lays an egg his first game. Colonel Wanye's gonna need to pay for extra servers to handle the influx of despair.

"if"?

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#93 mlcselli
November 08 2013, 06:05PM
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MacT has lost his frackin' mind. Seriously. Smid traded? To the Flames? Unfreakin'real!!!!!!

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#94 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
November 08 2013, 06:07PM
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@Alsker

Positive Friday, it's really all I've got left after this season.

D:

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#95 dougtheslug
November 08 2013, 06:12PM
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http://youtu.be/OtaWkLFfevc

Don't worry. Be Happy

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#96 Harlie
November 08 2013, 06:12PM
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LB for Smid is a good trade, solid prospect for bottom 6 D man.

Bryz, meh but it should be some good comedy!

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#97 Clyde
November 08 2013, 06:12PM
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Rama Lama wrote:

I do not understand why the Calgary Lames would do this deal..........someone like SMID does not really help them,........It's going to be wierd seeing him in Red.

The guy is a classic warrior ........too bad he did not have more skill with the puck.

All the best Smiddy........you were always an honest hockey player who defended your team mates with everything you had!

Pretty small def corps that just got run over the past 2 games and they are playing wideman and Brodie way too much.

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#98 Shifty203
November 08 2013, 06:17PM
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if this is it, then MacT must read this site, and this is his response to the "it can't get any worse" saying going around.

Unless he is getting a legit #1 defenseman back later, the oilers meerly traded sideways today.

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#99 andrewmk20
November 08 2013, 06:17PM
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@Stack Pad Save

Eberle was drafted with Anaheim's first round pick so he should be included in that deal.

But yes that trade was horrific. I was hoping that if they were going to deal Smid it would be for an upgrade on defence. Coburn, Ehrhoff, etc. This deal is quite poor unless the Oilers are doing more.

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#100 Ryan14
November 08 2013, 06:17PM
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Stack Pad Save wrote:

What this really makes is Pronger for Roman Horak and Luaren Broussouit ....seriously....wtf

Don't forget Eberle and Marincin.

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