GDB 20: Smid wings it

Jason Gregor
November 20 2008 12:04PM

You will see another new wrinkle tonight for the Oilers. For the first time in his NHL career, Ladislav Smid will suit up on offence. He will play with Brodziak and Pouliot on the fourth line.

Smid always plays with emotion. Does he make the right decision all of the time? No. But his effort is always there. His robust style is what the Oilers need on their fourth line, and Smid is a good enough skater that in theory he should be able to be effective on the forecheck.

But the other areas of the job will be difficult for him. I sat down with Smid after he fielded questions from the largest scrum of reporters he had seen in his young career.

Gregor: Sniper Smid, is that your name now that you are a forward? Smid: Yeah, pretty much... the guys will have to get used to the new name. Gregor: Do you remember the last time you scored a goal? Smid: No... Ahhh no... Well, well. No, it’s been too long. (Laughs) Gregor: Do you remember the last time you played forward? Smid: Third grade. I was about seven. That’s pretty impressive, eh! Gregor: Were you centre or winger? Smid: I was centre, top goal scorer on my team actually. Then they put me on defence, because my Dad played defence for the Czech Republic national team. Maybe if I was still a centreman, I would be a top scorer. You never know. (Laughs again). Gregor: You seem excited, but what is going to be the biggest challenge? Smid: I am excited, but still I’m very nervous like usual. Defensively there are lots of new things. I’m used to being in the corners and in front of the net. Now I have to cover their D, and they are the best in the league, so it will be different, but I have to deal with it and hopefully I will do well. Gregor: Your coach talked about players to compete every shift. You have shown that willingness as a D-man. Is your plan to just dump and chase and hopefully dish out some hits? Smid: Yes, that’s the idea that MacT had. I have to pressure their D and see what happens. Gregor: Did you practice tipping pucks or deflecting pucks in practice today? Smid: I’m really bad at that. I’m just going to stand in front of the net and hope it goes in. I don’t know how guys do it. It is a miracle to me if I can tip it. If it happens it is a miracle.

You have to like Smid’s honesty. You couldn’t wipe the smile off his face today. He just wants to play. He was asked if he thought about saying no to the idea when MacTavish approached him, “Are you crazy? This is the NHL, I just want to play.”

Later on when everyone was gone, Smid admitted to me that Detroit might not be the best team to get used to playing forward against. They are the best in the league and it will be a challenge.

Then I asked him, “When you go out, do you try and talk to the best looking girl or just an average one? Testing yourself against the best is always more rewarding.” He laughed in agreement. “That is very true. Hopefully I don’t get shot down tonight.”

Smid is one of the funnier guys to talk with. He doesn’t shy away from most questions, and he seems like he really enjoys being in the NHL. It will be interesting to see if he still enjoys it after going up against Lidstrom, Rafalski and the rest of the Detroit D tonight.

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One of Canada's most versatile sports personalities. Jason hosts The Jason Gregor Show, weekdays from 2 to 6 p.m., on TSN 1260, and he writes a column every Monday in the Edmonton Journal. You can follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/JasonGregor
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#51 jeanshorts
November 20 2008, 07:12PM
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Is that Adam Sandler sitting behind the Red Wings bench???

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#52 BUCK75
November 20 2008, 07:12PM
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If Smid is the monster of the game we have real problems

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#53 BUCK75
November 20 2008, 07:14PM
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Let's get our solid PP ready.

I predict a clinic in Penalty Killing by the Wings

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#54 Hockey Gods
November 20 2008, 07:14PM
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Buck, you are just noe realizing we have problems?

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#55 jeanshorts
November 20 2008, 07:14PM
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Those end boards are getting a lot of players hurt. LETS CRACK DOWN ON THE END BOARDS!

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#56 BUCK75
November 20 2008, 07:15PM
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I am the eternal optimist. I am coming to grips now

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#57 BUCK75
November 20 2008, 07:16PM
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Nice looking PP, something to build on.

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#58 jeanshorts
November 20 2008, 07:16PM
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Beauty pass by Nilsson. Mediocre finish by Broadz.

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#59 Hockey Gods
November 20 2008, 07:19PM
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I love the new NHL

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#60 BUCK75
November 20 2008, 07:19PM
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Gene to Pete Peeters:

We'll get to the bottom of this 3 goalie thing now...

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#61 BUCK75
November 20 2008, 07:21PM
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As I suspected, 30 seconds of filler & no answers

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#62 BUCK75
November 20 2008, 07:21PM
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NOOOOO

Get Garon in 3 shots? - 2 Goals

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#63 Wanye Gretz
November 20 2008, 07:21PM
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Hello? Hello? I'm here about the gangbang and the 2-0 hockey game?

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#64 baggedmilk
November 20 2008, 07:22PM
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Soooo... I guess we're playing golf again tonight? Lowest score wins?

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#65 jeanshorts
November 20 2008, 07:22PM
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I wonder how many cable boxes are going to get tossed out the window tonight by people that paid money to watch this game.

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#66 BUCK75
November 20 2008, 07:23PM
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$15.95 well spent, 2-0 9 minutes in

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#67 Wanye Gretz
November 20 2008, 07:25PM
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If I have to stare at these god awful jerseys and this poor performance I would like number 5 to be Bob Beers not Smid.

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#68 BUCK75
November 20 2008, 07:25PM
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Monster in the Box

Hopefully our guys can keep it out of the net.

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#69 baggedmilk
November 20 2008, 07:26PM
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I wonder if Mironov is doing anything these days?

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#70 Ryan
November 20 2008, 07:26PM
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I can't believe how much I regret making this buy. I have paid $30 this week to watch the Oilers lose twice to the Wings.

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#71 The Towel Boy
November 20 2008, 07:26PM
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Hey Justice League (tm) waazzzz-appenin?

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#72 The Towel Boy
November 20 2008, 07:27PM
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OMG ...

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#73 jeanshorts
November 20 2008, 07:27PM
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HUGE PENALTY KILL. IM GOING TO TALK IN CAPS FOR THE REST OF THE NIGHT!

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#74 BUCK75
November 20 2008, 07:27PM
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AWESOME...

4 shots 3 goals

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#75 Wanye Gretz
November 20 2008, 07:27PM
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Someone should throw Smid in net. What harm could it do?

(blows head off)

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#76 baggedmilk
November 20 2008, 07:28PM
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Come one come all, there is room on the Fire MacT Bandwagon... I have it idling outside the 118th Ave exit...

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#77 BUCK75
November 20 2008, 07:28PM
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^ lol

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#78 The Towel Boy
November 20 2008, 07:28PM
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This is how MacT drew it up...for sure.

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#79 Hockey Gods
November 20 2008, 07:28PM
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Jebus, 3 nil 10 mins in. I want to blame Roli but I'm not sure I can.

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#80 BUCK75
November 20 2008, 07:29PM
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Garon starts next 3 now?

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#81 The Towel Boy
November 20 2008, 07:29PM
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That's too bad for Rolie...not his fault at all.

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#82 freeze
November 20 2008, 07:29PM
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garon will save us! :P

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#83 Hockey Gods
November 20 2008, 07:29PM
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MacT to Roli via the media: YOU SUCK! Now sit down and get older.

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#84 Wanye Gretz
November 20 2008, 07:29PM
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Roloson is to goaltending as to Rob Brown's hairplugs are to the hair club for men

A FAILURE

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#85 Dwayne Roloson
November 20 2008, 07:30PM
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!^#@&*!!

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#86 jeanshorts
November 20 2008, 07:30PM
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I remember I went to the Oilers home opener in, lets say 97, and Bobo got absolutely crushed by Rob Blake about 3 minutes into the game. I developed my first man crush that day.

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#87 baggedmilk
November 20 2008, 07:31PM
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Does this count as a start for Garon? Getting tossed in with 50 minutes left has to count for something.

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#88 jeanshorts
November 20 2008, 07:32PM
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It will count as another Oilers loss....

*weep weep weep weep weep*

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#89 The Towel Boy
November 20 2008, 07:33PM
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stupid Draper...

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#90 freeze
November 20 2008, 07:33PM
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I didn't expect them to win but f*ck...

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#91 Wanye Gretz
November 20 2008, 07:33PM
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I don't want to repeat myself like a senile old man but one of the greatest things I have ever witnessed in a Casino was when Bobo was there and tried to cash an Oilers pay cheque at the table.

Your welcome for that tale

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#92 Wanye Gretz
November 20 2008, 07:34PM
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Oh lord I misspelled "you're"

weep weep weep weep weep

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#93 baggedmilk
November 20 2008, 07:34PM
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I could just sit and listen to your stories all fudging day. Unreal.

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#94 Hockey Gods
November 20 2008, 07:34PM
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Man I hope Kay-Z just comes down from his Ivory tower and fires MacT right on the bench... then slaps him in the face and makes him cry

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#95 The Towel Boy
November 20 2008, 07:35PM
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I bet bullets would hurt them Gene.

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#96 Wanye Gretz
November 20 2008, 07:36PM
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I wish #85 was Petr Klima not Liam Reddox. THEN we would have a hockey match

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#97 jeanshorts
November 20 2008, 07:36PM
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In my mind, whenever Batman enters Rexall Place, he comes in on a zip line like Shawn Michaels a la Wrestlemania 12.

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#98 The Towel Boy
November 20 2008, 07:37PM
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Remember that game where we scored 7 goals? That was awesome.

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#99 baggedmilk
November 20 2008, 07:38PM
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Roli didn't take his arthritis medicine tonight.

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#100 jeanshorts
November 20 2008, 07:41PM
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Donna Roloson's face is going to meet Dwanye's fist tonight, that's for sure.

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