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.

—Listen to Gregor weekdays from 3 to 6pm on TEAM 1260 or online at www.justagame.ca.

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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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#201 OilersNinja
November 20 2008, 09:05PM
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Is that a 3 toed or a 2 toed or both?

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#202 jeanshorts
November 20 2008, 09:05PM
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Any and all apply. ESPECIALLY Sloth from the Goonies.

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#203 OilersNinja
November 20 2008, 09:06PM
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Sloth from the goonies would have 34 points already................HEEEEEYYYYYY YYYOOOOOOOUUUUUUU GGGGUUUUUYYYYYYYYSSSSSSS

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#204 OilersNinja
November 20 2008, 09:07PM
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Smid is a great forward, well at least comoared to the rest of the squad

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#205 Hockey Gods
November 20 2008, 09:07PM
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Smid donen't look at all out of place on the wing. MacT's still a product of incest.

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#206 OilersNinja
November 20 2008, 09:09PM
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Gene apparantly doesnt find -9 winter

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#207 baggedmilk
November 20 2008, 09:09PM
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You can tell by the webbed toes.

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#208 Hockey Gods
November 20 2008, 09:10PM
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And the slurring, oh wait I know why he might be slurring.

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#209 jeanshorts
November 20 2008, 09:12PM
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The influx of MacT drunk jokes is really refreshing.

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#210 Hockey Gods
November 20 2008, 09:13PM
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I might lend him my car.

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#211 baggedmilk
November 20 2008, 09:13PM
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The only thing better is MacT injection Maple Leaf meat with listeria.

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#212 OilersNinja
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The oilers poor play is pouring over to Gene's preformance.....no wait Gene always sucks

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#213 Hockey Gods
November 20 2008, 09:14PM
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Smid is like our new GlennX

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#214 OilersNinja
November 20 2008, 09:15PM
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Ah shizer Smid our star forward may be hurt

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#215 OilersNinja
November 20 2008, 09:16PM
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SmidX?

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#216 Hockey Gods
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Penner is back in the doghouse

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#217 OilersNinja
November 20 2008, 09:17PM
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Sloth Boy is just making it rain out there

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#218 Hockey Gods
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I think Lubo was aiming for Coles throat

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#219 BUCK75
November 20 2008, 09:18PM
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gift wrapped for Lubo

Anyone else would have missed that...

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#220 jeanshorts
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CUE THE COMEBACK

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#221 baggedmilk
November 20 2008, 09:19PM
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WAIT you can't cue the comeback without the montage.

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#222 BUCK75
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4 minutes - I second that Jeanshorts

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#223 OilersNinja
November 20 2008, 09:19PM
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GO OILERS

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#224 BUCK75
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BIG SEXY

CUE IT UP

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#225 jeanshorts
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LAZER FLOYD!!!

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#226 Hockey Gods
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Man that indian can give me a boner.

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#227 OilersNinja
November 20 2008, 09:20PM
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here we go!!!!!!!!

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#228 jeanshorts
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Whoa, hot underage skanks behind the Detroit bench.

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#229 OilersNinja
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He is metis and yes I have a boner as well

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#230 baggedmilk
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Take that Souray haters.

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#231 BUCK75
November 20 2008, 09:21PM
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everyone woke up in Rexall

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#232 Wanye Gretz
November 20 2008, 09:21PM
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Holy crap! I went to the liquor store and it became a game!!

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#233 Wanye Gretz
November 20 2008, 09:22PM
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Who scored? Smid?

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#234 baggedmilk
November 20 2008, 09:22PM
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Smid has all three.

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#235 BUCK75
November 20 2008, 09:23PM
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Yeah - underage skanks checking out Babcock

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#236 Wanye Gretz
November 20 2008, 09:23PM
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Decent powerplay remaining. It's like Satan heard my offer

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#237 Hockey Gods
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And a fight

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#238 jeanshorts
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And he impregnated 8 of the Detroit wives.

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#239 Hockey Gods
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Those skanks aren't underage, one had a crack beer. She'll be putting out later bagged

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#240 BUCK75
November 20 2008, 09:25PM
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DG Gagner!!!

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#241 Wanye Gretz
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His wang is so big it has an elbow

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#242 baggedmilk
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If she's old enough to buy beer she's far too old for me.

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#243 freeze
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whoa! what happened?

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#244 Wanye Gretz
November 20 2008, 09:26PM
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I am enjoying this Hockey Gods

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#245 Hockey Gods
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Wow they read that secret pass to souray. How did they know.

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#246 Wanye Gretz
November 20 2008, 09:27PM
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"It" happened freeze. And "it" ain't over

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#247 Hockey Gods
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You're welcome Wayne

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#248 jeanshorts
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Is Bill Belicheck running this team now? They must have been taping our practices! How else would they figure it out???

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#249 BUCK75
November 20 2008, 09:29PM
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^ LMAO

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#250 baggedmilk
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I'm really into Miley Cyrus and if a later is older than that. Forget it. Disney Channel or pants up for baggedmilk.

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