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 madjam
November 08 2013, 09:28PM
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An apparent bad deal(s) may turn out to be a double win or more for the Oilers. Roy basically for Broissoit and Horak ; and Smid for Bryzalov with the cap money we had to spend . Maybe this is not nearly as bad as it first seemed , if the Flames acquisitions turn out down the line .

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

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#53 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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#54 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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#55 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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#56 DSF
November 08 2013, 05:43PM
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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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#57 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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#58 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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#59 Harlie
November 08 2013, 06:26PM
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DSF wrote:

Gord MiIler ‏@GMilIerTSN 2m

BREAKING: EDM trade RW Ales Hemsky + 2014 2nd Rounder for PHI RW Wayne Simmonds

Oops...fake account.

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!

BOLDY HAWN!

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#60 Kevin
November 08 2013, 06:38PM
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jonny94 wrote:

Calm down.... MacT isn't done yet. Yes Calgary won that trade but as already mentioned its for cap space.... Something big is brewing I'm sure of it

Yes- Klowe is freeing up cap space to extend Yakupov to a seven year $42 million dollar contract.

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#61 The Last Big Bear
November 08 2013, 07:48PM
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Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty) wrote:

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?

I'll give you a clue why the Oilers would trade Smid within the division even though he's good...

That reason has six rings, and thinks he's the smartest one in the room despite all evidence pointing in the opposite direction.

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#62 merfer
November 08 2013, 08:08PM
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Wow. You guys are harsh. Did it ever occur to you that MacT needed to dump some salary and Smid was fairly easy to trade. Also he did Smid a favor. Isn't his wife from Edmonton? She is now still very close to family and friends. I think they will be happier in Calgary than in Philly.

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#63 rob
November 08 2013, 09:46PM
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taking a chance on bryz is ok with me(i hate him but dubby sucks)trading smid was stupid but whatever,not having another trade in place to bolster blueline is just plain retarded!this team has sunk to the lowest point possible.get us some help with bold moves,not stupid ones!

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#64 DSF
November 08 2013, 10:16PM
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2004Z06 wrote:

You may be right, but for all the bitching that we have no goaltending depth in the system he is a huge upgrade over Roy.

Some decent European scouting could likely find a much better prospect in a NY minute.

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#65 Uks Ya!!
November 08 2013, 10:42PM
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Gona miss you Ladi!!! But Laurent Brossoit is a absolute Beauty, Horak doesn't have eye opening stats but too be honest I Noticed him EVERYTIME he was in the line up against the Oilers ...

Brayden Schenn, Luke Schenn & Wayne Summonds for Eberle, Hemsky & Shultz!! Y'all wait & see!!! Fedun is the same player with a lot more heart for a lot less cap space ;)

~time will tell~

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#66 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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#67 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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#68 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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#69 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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#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 DSF
November 08 2013, 05:45PM
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Vomits. RT @HBomb1982 Gregor throws out Hemsky, Meszaros and Simmonds names.

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#72 Jerry
November 08 2013, 06:27PM
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Eakins was probably fed up with goaltending and made a plea for anything. This is what 6 rings did

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#73 Dan 1919
November 08 2013, 07:12PM
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Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty) wrote:

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?

You’re completely right, people have watched Smid play in the top 4 pairing for so long they actually think he is top four. He would be bottom pairing on a good team. He has also been playing poorly this season. Best of luck to him but if Bryzgalov even plays average, this will be a good move.

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#74 Gordie Wayne
November 08 2013, 07:21PM
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Is this true? Hemsky + 2nd rounder for Simmonds?

http://tracking.si.com/2013/11/08/wayne-simmonds-oilers-flyers-trade/

Sorry if this has been mentioned already...

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#75 Oilcruzer
November 08 2013, 09:18PM
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Change was necessary. Smid was a good soldier. Better to trade a higher priced player.

Would anyone with sanity have remained status quo?

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#76 rob
November 08 2013, 09:46PM
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taking a chance on bryz is ok with me(i hate him but dubby sucks)trading smid was stupid but whatever,not having another trade in place to bolster blueline is just plain retarded!this team has sunk to the lowest point possible.get us some help with bold moves,not stupid ones!

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#77 LoweBlow
November 08 2013, 10:16PM
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DSF wrote:

If that is your criteria...the Oilers should flush every player on the roster.

They should. Except for those named Perron, Gordon & Belov. The rest, down the toilet.

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#78 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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#79 Mike Krushelnyski
November 08 2013, 05:18PM
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Bryzgalov an Oiler. God help us all

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#80 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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#81 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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#82 DSF
November 08 2013, 05:34PM
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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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#83 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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#84 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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#85 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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#86 Johnnydapunk
November 08 2013, 06:17PM
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It could be the Tylenol 3 talking, but there is a tiny bit of me that thinks MacT was being kind to the good soldier that Smid was/is. Smid was the only Oiler who was a fat-ish long term contract hit for the next few seasons, he is a fairly good 2nd/3rd pairing D-Man which the Oil are also stacked in. With MacT trading him to Calgary to offload cap space, it could have been so he doesn't really have to uproot everything to play anywhere else as he could feasibly still live in Edmonton for the most part. I could be completely wrong on this, but it just seems weird to trade a player like Smid to the Flames for some spare parts, even if it a salary dump.

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#87 spliff
November 08 2013, 07:12PM
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I don't mind they traded Smid because he was an average defenceman. However, if they don't make another move then MacT got bent over big time.

I know MacT is a smart guy, so why do I have this bad feeling in my gut?

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#88 Greg the Hammer Valentine
November 08 2013, 07:40PM
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Today, the Panthers fired Kevin Dineen. Everybody in the hockey world is talking about how a great teacher he is with the young players. Maybe it would be a good next move for MacT to hire him to replace Smith or Bucky.

After he is done trading actual NHL players for spare parts that is.

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#89 merfer
November 08 2013, 08:08PM
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Wow. You guys are harsh. Did it ever occur to you that MacT needed to dump some salary and Smid was fairly easy to trade. Also he did Smid a favor. Isn't his wife from Edmonton? She is now still very close to family and friends. I think they will be happier in Calgary than in Philly.

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#90 DSF
November 08 2013, 08:30PM
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Jordan Nugent-Hallkins wrote:

This. LB may turn into something down the road, but as it stands now, MacT just got his bell rung. By friggin Feaster, no less.

Burke.

Book it.

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#91 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
November 08 2013, 09:26PM
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The Last Big Bear wrote:

I'll give you a clue why the Oilers would trade Smid within the division even though he's good...

That reason has six rings, and thinks he's the smartest one in the room despite all evidence pointing in the opposite direction.

Respectfully, that makes no sense to me.......6 rings would gift his friend Brian Burke??

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#92 nick
November 08 2013, 10:15PM
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BleedOil4Life wrote:

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!

You're an idiot. Just what the Oilers needed to do is get rid of someone who actually hits and plays tough

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#93 Bryzarro World
November 09 2013, 12:38AM
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In his first game Bryz will pitch a 42 save performance and yak will score a hatty. While celebrating his third goal Bryz will grab him and tell him to "chill because three goal is nothing compared to the universe". Yak's mind will be blown to the point where he gives up hockey and pursues a degree in 18th century Belgium lesbian studies.

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#94 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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#95 Mike Krushelnyski
November 08 2013, 05:18PM
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Bryzgalov an Oiler. God help us all

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#96 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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#97 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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#98 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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#99 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
November 08 2013, 06:01PM
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EDIT: double post, please delete!

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#100 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
November 08 2013, 06:41PM
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The Last Big Bear wrote:

As a Flames fan, I would like to offer my apologies (for trading with a rival), my thanks (for giving us your best defenceman), and my consolation (because your defence is now absolutely the worst in the league beyond any question).

I actually think signing Bryz is an obvious and prudent decision for the Oilers. You need another option in net, and he is the best option available.

I also really like Horak. Kid has character, and I think he will become a very good 3rd liner some day.

And Brossoit has as good of a chance of being a #1 goalie as any other high-end goalie prospect.

But man, you guys got ****ed in this trade.

You are over-valuing Smid.

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