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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#251 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
November 08 2013, 07:01PM
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The Last Big Bear wrote:

Brossoit could become something at the NHL level. But so could Olivier Roy, goalies are just too hard to predict. Brossoit clearly has a better chance, but we're still talking about two guys who will probably never make it.

Horak has essentially already made it, he could slot into the Oilers' bottom 6 tomorrow. But he has had difficulty scoring at the pro level, so odds are against him getting TOO much better (he will improve somewhat, I'm sure).

I know what kind of game Smid brings. And I like it. He's a defenceman who can defend. He's one-dimensional, but sometimes that's exactly the dimension you need. The Flames need that dimension. But the Oilers probably need it even more, so this trade is pretty much baffling.

I'll say it again....the reason you feel baffled is because you don't know Smid....you're overvaluing him.....not only is he one dimensional, he's not that physical....like Harlie said....more bear hugs than hits....seldom fights.....and he's at his prime....he's not getting any better.......he's a serviceable 4...more like a 5 on a good team.......if you don't believe me....ask yourself why the Oilers would trade him to anyone in their division let alone their arch rivals?

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#252 ubermiguel
November 08 2013, 07:05PM
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Johnnydapunk wrote:

!!!!!!!BREAKING NEWS !!!!!!!!

The Oil have also signed the goaltending god that is Chet Pickard to a minor league deal to play in OKC who last season played in Somewhere in Sweden.

I had no real monster breaking story to offer except this accidentally found tidbit which might have some meaning with regards to the 50 contract limit or who will be assigned where, or some other piece from a puzzle of a picture that only MacT and 6Rings is seeing or has seen.

I like Tylenol 3, keeping my dental blues away and making me loopy as fook :-)

OKC-only contract doesn't count against limit I believe. Might mean Bachman's hurt worse than we know.

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#253 Johnnydapunk
November 08 2013, 07:20PM
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ubermiguel wrote:

OKC-only contract doesn't count against limit I believe. Might mean Bachman's hurt worse than we know.

As far as I have read in wiki, any pro contract signed counts as one of the 50, irrelevant if it is a minor league deal or not. There is a 90 player limit that each team has which includes all signed and unsigned draft picks, players in College/ University or any player drafted within the last 2 NHL seasons which teams have exclusive rights to for the two years.

Number of contracts and salary cap wiki

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#254 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
November 08 2013, 07:23PM
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God bless Gordie Wayne and Gord Miller if this is for real!

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#255 BleedingOil
November 08 2013, 07:36PM
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Johnnydapunk wrote:

As far as I have read in wiki, any pro contract signed counts as one of the 50, irrelevant if it is a minor league deal or not. There is a 90 player limit that each team has which includes all signed and unsigned draft picks, players in College/ University or any player drafted within the last 2 NHL seasons which teams have exclusive rights to for the two years.

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there is a difference between the oilers signing a 2 way contract to AHL and OKC signing. Cheechoo never counted against our cap because he was ppty of OKC and NOT the Oilers. He could never get called up, and trades were done by AHL. The only difference here is that Katz owns the AHL franchise. Its not like that league wide

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#256 BleedingOil
November 08 2013, 07:45PM
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Johnnydapunk wrote:

As far as I have read in wiki, any pro contract signed counts as one of the 50, irrelevant if it is a minor league deal or not. There is a 90 player limit that each team has which includes all signed and unsigned draft picks, players in College/ University or any player drafted within the last 2 NHL seasons which teams have exclusive rights to for the two years.

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there is a difference between the oilers signing a 2 way contract to AHL and OKC signing. Cheechoo never counted against our cap because he was ppty of OKC and NOT the Oilers. He could never get called up, and trades were done by AHL. The only difference here is that Katz owns the AHL franchise. Its not like that league wide

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#257 Johnnydapunk
November 08 2013, 08:15PM
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BleedingOil wrote:

there is a difference between the oilers signing a 2 way contract to AHL and OKC signing. Cheechoo never counted against our cap because he was ppty of OKC and NOT the Oilers. He could never get called up, and trades were done by AHL. The only difference here is that Katz owns the AHL franchise. Its not like that league wide

I am aware of that, and specifically if it was just OKC signing him, then fair enough, but if you google the signing you will see that MacT did indeed sign him albeit to a deal for Pickard to play in the minors, maybe even a two way deal of some sort.

Also should point out that Katz does not own OKC Barons as they are owned by a local group who work under the name of Prodigal Hockey. Katz does indeed own the OilKings through his Rexall Sports banner though and naturally that is a completely different kettle of fish to the NHL Oil and have no official affiliation as far as I am aware.

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#258 PapaMike
November 08 2013, 08:42PM
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PapaMike wrote:

Man, if it is true,$3MM prorated is insane. He is already getting

stupid internets....He is already getting just under $2MM from philly. lots of cash on below average goalies imo.

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#259 Eddie Shore
November 08 2013, 10:33PM
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Bryz at $1.75... Did Mac need to clear space to fit him in or should we expect something more to shake down(please dear God)?

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#260 camdog
November 08 2013, 10:34PM
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@HeavyChevy

I heard Bryz was getting 3 million.

As to the Ducks trading a goalie, it won't be to Edmonton, not after what we did to them with Penner and Schultz. THere is no love between the organizations.

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#261 camdog
November 08 2013, 10:40PM
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@Grucha

The Flyers used to be my second favourite team until them traded Bobo and signed Bryz:( Didn't want anything to do with Bryz in Philly!!! THis is like a nightmare to me!

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#262 a lg dubl dubl
November 08 2013, 06:55PM
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Stauffer says hemsky rumors are not true...

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#263 Don W
November 08 2013, 07:30PM
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Makes me wonder what the potential deal with Philly was at the draft that MacT considered a bad trade. I thought someone said Smid and both 2nd round picks for Coburn. That would be way better than this but it would have capped the oilers out.

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#264 EugeneV
November 08 2013, 11:12PM
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Jordan Nugent-Hallkins wrote:

Bryz: -32 is insane! Yak: Winter here is mild compared to my hometown, comrade.

Russians are a weird, weird people.

Russia is a larger country than Canada with varying climates throughout. Ask someone from Vancouver Island what they think about Edmonton at -32 and you'll probably get the same response.

What is weird is that you don't know this.

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