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 Throwinthetowel
November 08 2013, 08:20PM
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DSF wrote:

If MacT is to be believed...there is no other trade pending which makes the Smid trade remarkably stupid.

Old 6 rings knows a thing or two about winning if there's ever a concern you know.

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#252 Spaz
November 08 2013, 08:36PM
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What was the summer asking price for Schneider ? 7th and Marcinan? *Sad trombone*

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#253 PapaMike
November 08 2013, 08:37PM
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Hemmercules wrote:

There must be another deal in the works. There is no way Mact can't know what his defense is right now. Tsn mentioned a 3 mil contract for Brys which was speculation but I hope to god it's lower than that.

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

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#254 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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#255 Bloodsweatandoil
November 08 2013, 09:53PM
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Damn.....Calgary got our best goalie!!! Smid has stopped more rubber than any of our remaining goalies in the last two years! Good luck Smid!!!

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#256 Stack Pad Save
November 08 2013, 10:09PM
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DSF wrote:

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

Except Hemsky, he went to the finals in '06

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#257 nick
November 08 2013, 10:25PM
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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.

Are you kidding me, just what the Oilers need is a small undersized 4th line centre. Geez we don't have any of those around here.

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#258 Taylor Gang
November 08 2013, 10:36PM
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Bryz: so crazy it just might work

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#259 camdog
November 08 2013, 10:37PM
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@Eddie Shore

1.75, well that doesn't sound bad, I must have been incorrect.

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#260 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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#261 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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#262 gongshow
November 09 2013, 01:13AM
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Bryzarro World wrote:

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.

Is this a Not So Obvious Game Day Prediction for next weekend?

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#263 Cynic
November 09 2013, 01:55AM
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I can't wait to see Philip Larsen taking a regular shift. Has an NHL goalie ever finished a season with a GAA above 5.00?

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November 09 2013, 05:19AM
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i'm a fan of Bryzgalov. The season just got more fun!. I'm a fan of Smid too though, so mixed feelings because I'm also a fan of brossoit.

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