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.

74b7cedc5d8bfbe88cf071309e98d2c3
Jonathan Willis is Managing Editor of the Nation Network. He also currently writes for the Edmonton Journal's Cult of Hockey, Grantland, and Hockey Prospectus. His work has appeared at theScore, ESPN and Puck Daddy. He was previously founder and managing editor of Copper & Blue. Contact him at jonathan (dot) willis (at) live (dot) ca.
Avatar
#1 nlq
November 08 2013, 05:10PM
Trash it!
30
trashes
+1
4
props

What. The. Fist?!

Avatar
#2 The Last Big Bear
November 08 2013, 06:18PM
Trash it!
29
trashes
+1
38
props

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.

Avatar
#3 DSF
November 08 2013, 06:25PM
Trash it!
25
trashes
+1
7
props

Gord MiIler ‏@GMilIerTSN 2m

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

Oops...fake account.

Avatar
#4 bmac
November 08 2013, 05:35PM
Trash it!
24
trashes
+1
26
props

RNH for carcillo!

Avatar
#5 Sailge
November 08 2013, 05:10PM
Trash it!
22
trashes
+1
9
props

Had to do something. It's a start.....

Avatar
#6 BleedOil4Life
November 08 2013, 05:14PM
Trash it!
22
trashes
+1
6
props

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!

Avatar
#7 DSF
November 08 2013, 08:48PM
Trash it!
21
trashes
+1
10
props
Harlie wrote:

Easy there Charlie Brown, I said starter in 3 years, not tomorrow. Take a seat already.

Easy there Sparky.

There is no evidence, none, that he will ever be an NHL goaltender.

Avatar
#8 DSF
November 08 2013, 09:41PM
Trash it!
19
trashes
+1
10
props
madjam wrote:

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 .

The Oilers could have signed Bryzgalov without making any other moves.

Fail.

Avatar
#9 Flynn
November 08 2013, 05:14PM
Trash it!
17
trashes
+1
5
props

I like it! Smid is average at best, anyone can block shots. He sure looked great on Tampas 3rd goal last night.....

Avatar
#10 Stack Pad Save
November 08 2013, 05:55PM
Trash it!
17
trashes
+1
7
props

What this really makes is Pronger for Roman Horak and Luaren Broussouit ....seriously....wtf

Avatar
#11 Sidney Frosby
November 08 2013, 05:59PM
Trash it!
17
trashes
+1
6
props

Hopefully Ferrence gets bought out in the summer...

We could perspective have:

Petry,J.Shutlz Nhl defenseman, Nurse Klefbom, Nhl defenseman

Avatar
#12 RexHolez
November 08 2013, 06:22PM
Trash it!
17
trashes
+1
10
props

I'm done with this team

Avatar
#13 DSF
November 08 2013, 06:35PM
Trash it!
16
trashes
+1
3
props

Brian Lawton ‏@brianlawton9 1m The night is getting crazier by the minute...... Hemske on the move to philly for 2 players including a forward and a D? Names start with S

Simmonds and Schenn?

Avatar
#14 DSF
November 08 2013, 06:55PM
Trash it!
16
trashes
+1
4
props

Calgary Sun Sports ‏@SUNSports 4m

Got it on good authority. #Hemsky’s locker being cleared out in Philly. Looks like he’s been traded. #Oilers

Avatar
#15 DSF
November 08 2013, 10:02PM
Trash it!
16
trashes
+1
13
props
Soccer Steve wrote:

In each of the years Smid was on the team what place did we finish? (I shouldn't have to say the obvious here so I won't).

Bit player on a bit team. Hopefully the first of many toilet flushings.

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

Avatar
#16 Sidney Frosby
November 08 2013, 05:51PM
Trash it!
15
trashes
+1
14
props

Mac-T just traded Smid for my toilet plunger.....

Horrible move to make room for signing Bryz...

Mac-T wasted cap room and contracts on Labarbara and Grebeshkov.

I don't think this guy is cut out for this job.

If we didn't have god awful Ferrence, Grebeshkov, and Labarbie contracts, we could have moved Smid for a Willie Mitchell or Anton Volchenkov.

Sounds like we got Roman Horak and a ECHL goalie...

At least get Chris Breen in the deal....

Avatar
#17 Harlie
November 08 2013, 06:23PM
Trash it!
14
trashes
+1
11
props

@The Last Big Bear

when y'all figure out Smids only skill on breakouts is flipping it high on the boards you'll see why you creeps got bent over.

Avatar
#18 madjam
November 08 2013, 06:54PM
Trash it!
13
trashes
+1
1
props

L.Schenn, M.Streit , Coutourier and Simmonds for Eberle , J.Schultz and Hemsky (of which we pay half )says my squeezie board ?

Avatar
#19 BuckNegged
November 08 2013, 05:39PM
Trash it!
12
trashes
+1
26
props

Have we stooped that low that we are now intentionally losing trades to the Flamers? This is incredulous! Good thing our team is loaded with tough gritty defence men. And we get another midget back for a "4th line centre". Hope Lowe and MacT had a great time partying in Toronto with Ford.

Avatar
#20 Primo
November 08 2013, 07:44PM
Trash it!
12
trashes
+1
13
props

As a Calgarian and die hard Flames fan thank you Oilers for the free gift!

We get the best player in the trade and at worst a stating 4-5 defensemen who has some size and a bit of nastiness the Flames require.

What are you getting in return??

Broisoit...young guy long term project. Would not have made the Flames as we have 2 prospects ahead of him. Recently was burned in Abbotsford in 2 lopsided games and appears to have lost his confidence hence sent to Anchorage of ECHL.

Horak..hard working young centre. Could not crack a weak Flames roster. Long term 4th line LW (not Centreman - too small).

Avatar
#21 DAVE
November 08 2013, 09:34PM
Trash it!
12
trashes
+1
12
props

Could'nt get Calgary to take N.Shultz, Ference,or any of the creampuffs, well maybe not Petry or J.Shultz, BUT Smid was the real leader on blue line, that much was obvious. You know D-men that actually play D First,and will blead for the team.

Avatar
#22 Soccer Steve
November 08 2013, 09:58PM
Trash it!
12
trashes
+1
4
props

In each of the years Smid was on the team what place did we finish? (I shouldn't have to say the obvious here so I won't).

Bit player on a bit team. Hopefully the first of many toilet flushings.

Avatar
#23 DSF
November 08 2013, 05:26PM
Trash it!
11
trashes
+1
28
props
clyde wrote:

Horak can be a good 4rth line center, can kill penalties and gets in on the forecheck.

You can find a player like that on waivers or as free agents every offseason.

Avatar
#24 Jim
November 08 2013, 05:28PM
Trash it!
11
trashes
+1
10
props

What does it matter Oilers still have Kevin Lowe, this team will be the same team as always perpetual non playoff team.

Avatar
#25 Harlie
November 08 2013, 08:04PM
Trash it!
11
trashes
+1
3
props

@DSF

And that's where we differ, I see LB as legit #1 starter within 3 years.

I liked Smid's game but he was a passenger like most on this team. Only has 2 plus seasons in his career, last one 11/12 season.

You like these numbers?

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/teams/players/bio/?id=4802

Avatar
#26 Soccer Steve
November 08 2013, 09:56PM
Trash it!
11
trashes
+1
7
props

In each of the years Smid was on the team what place did we finish? (I shouldn't have to say the obvious here so I won't).

Bit player on a bit team. Hopefully the first of many toilet flushings.

Avatar
#27 Mychew
November 09 2013, 01:57AM
Trash it!
11
trashes
+1
8
props

I have to be honest here. Smid sucks. I pretended for 8 years he was good but to be honest he really sucks.

Avatar
#28 oilabroad
November 09 2013, 07:31AM
Trash it!
11
trashes
+1
4
props

wow are guys ever going over the top here with the MacT hate... if you ask me, we just stuck our rival Calgary with a 4M/year contract on a #5 defenceman for 4 years... and got them to throw in a couple of decent prospects.

In a cap world, the old adage of team getting the best player in the trade is no longer relevant, we cleared cap space, made room for Klefbom and handcuffed a rival with a contract this is only going to get worse every year

MacT, you magnificent bastard!!!

Avatar
#29 Mike Krushelnyski
November 08 2013, 05:11PM
Trash it!
10
trashes
+1
28
props
Sailge wrote:

Had to do something. It's a start.....

Agreed. I like Smid a lot but clearly we weren't going anywhere with our current lineup.

I like getting Brossoit, at least we have a real goaltending prospect now.

Avatar
#30 OilClog
November 08 2013, 06:01PM
Trash it!
10
trashes
+1
4
props

Pronger.. Coming back

Avatar
#31 Harlie
November 08 2013, 06:12PM
Trash it!
10
trashes
+1
6
props

LB for Smid is a good trade, solid prospect for bottom 6 D man.

Bryz, meh but it should be some good comedy!

Avatar
#32 Maddog
November 08 2013, 06:28PM
Trash it!
10
trashes
+1
10
props

@The Last Big Bear

Absolutely right, we traded our best true defenceman and got absolutely nothing in return.

Avatar
#33 ubermiguel
November 08 2013, 06:45PM
Trash it!
10
trashes
+1
10
props

This is one of the worst trades in Oilers history (that wasn't dictated by economics, pending free agent status or Lauren Pronger). Or maybe it's a economics deal, clearing contracts and cap. Still, lousy hockey move.

Avatar
#34 DSF
November 08 2013, 10:14PM
Trash it!
10
trashes
+1
4
props
Stack Pad Save wrote:

Except Hemsky, he went to the finals in '06

I'm not sure something that happened almost 8 years ago matters that much.

Avatar
#35 MessyEH!
November 08 2013, 05:42PM
Trash it!
9
trashes
+1
13
props

Smid was over payed. Andy Sutton was just as effective. For half the cap hit.

I don't like the trade. But it frees up 4 million in cap room.

Avatar
#36 OilClog
November 08 2013, 06:01PM
Trash it!
9
trashes
+1
3
props

Pronger.. Coming back

Avatar
#37 Chet134
November 08 2013, 06:24PM
Trash it!
9
trashes
+1
10
props

We traded an NHL hockey player that's played 3-400 games with grit for nothing. U think we were soft before now were really soft on defense. Hey fans we are the laughing stock of the league. Mcdavid here we come next year.

Avatar
#38 Ari Gold
November 08 2013, 07:15PM
Trash it!
9
trashes
+1
19
props

Relax everyone. This season is done anyway. Just consider the rest of the way a 'preseason' of sorts.

Brossoit is a better goalie than Roy. Good. Smid is a #4 Dman and he was exposed playing in a higher role in Edmonton. His faults are very aparent: slow, poor passing, marginal defensive zone coverage. His position as a #4 Dman is redundant with Ference, Schultz Jr., Belov, Petry, Larson, Fedun, Mirancin & Klefbom. Don't forget that he was being paid $3.5mil: that's far to high for someone of his skill at the #4 d-spot. Sadly his intangibles will be missed. He wanted to be in Etown, married a gal from here. He'll be missed. Sadly I hope this doesn't show that Oiler management has no loyalty to the rest of the league. I fear it may.

Horak is good at hockey, better than Smid (even though they play different positions). He's a smart hockey player. He'll be a decent fit at 4th line C. Certainly better than Acton & Smyth.

Bryz aside, this isn't a fleece job on MacT.

The Bryz signing, honestly, I can't imagine what a media frenzy this will be when they play in Philly. I seriously hope he starts. I know DE won't play him but it'd be amazing drama for the two bottomfeeder teams.

Avatar
#39 DSF
November 08 2013, 07:27PM
Trash it!
9
trashes
+1
31
props

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

Avatar
#40 Harlie
November 08 2013, 07:48PM
Trash it!
9
trashes
+1
8
props
DSF wrote:

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

C'mon man, your making Smid sound like he's Shea Weber or something.

Avatar
#41 madjam
November 08 2013, 08:59PM
Trash it!
9
trashes
+1
24
props

Have to wonder how much better we might be if Burke were our GM /President ? A lot better ?

Avatar
#42 gcw_rocks
November 08 2013, 11:29PM
Trash it!
9
trashes
+1
16
props

"Not a good night for Mactavish" is a polite understatement. It's foolish and desperate. Teams trying to improve do not trade real NHL players for magic beans.

I knew MacT would suck as a GM, but in my wildest dreams I never thought he would be this bad.

Avatar
#43 Toro
November 08 2013, 05:16PM
Trash it!
8
trashes
+1
8
props

Bryzgalov just signed here , Smid gone for cap reasons

Avatar
#44 Toro
November 08 2013, 05:16PM
Trash it!
8
trashes
+1
1
props

Bryzgalov just signed here , Smid gone for cap reasons

Avatar
#45 DSF
November 08 2013, 05:42PM
Trash it!
8
trashes
+1
4
props

John Shannon ‏@JSportsnet 1m Oilers make Bryzgalov signing official. 1 year deal.

Avatar
#46 DSF
November 08 2013, 05:51PM
Trash it!
8
trashes
+1
7
props

Adam Proteau ‏@Proteautype 4m

Ilya Bryzgalov signing with the Oilers is karmic payback to the media from The Hockey Gods for enduring the last lockout.

Avatar
#47 bulldog12
November 08 2013, 06:19PM
Trash it!
8
trashes
+1
11
props

Good trade I liked Smid you never questioned his effort he gave his all every game but really we have at least 3 guys that can replace him and with some offensive ability Bryz is going to supply entertainment if nothing else and it's perfect DD is going to be looking over his shoulder now Give it 10 games and let's see what happens

Avatar
#48 jonny94
November 08 2013, 06:30PM
Trash it!
8
trashes
+1
5
props

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

Avatar
#49 DSF
November 08 2013, 07:46PM
Trash it!
8
trashes
+1
10
props
Primo wrote:

As a Calgarian and die hard Flames fan thank you Oilers for the free gift!

We get the best player in the trade and at worst a stating 4-5 defensemen who has some size and a bit of nastiness the Flames require.

What are you getting in return??

Broisoit...young guy long term project. Would not have made the Flames as we have 2 prospects ahead of him. Recently was burned in Abbotsford in 2 lopsided games and appears to have lost his confidence hence sent to Anchorage of ECHL.

Horak..hard working young centre. Could not crack a weak Flames roster. Long term 4th line LW (not Centreman - too small).

This.

Avatar
#50 DSF
November 08 2013, 07:52PM
Trash it!
8
trashes
+1
25
props
Harlie wrote:

C'mon man, your making Smid sound like he's Shea Weber or something.

Hey. I'm not a big fan of Smid but he is an actual NHL player...likely a 5-6 D on a decent team.

But he was traded for Horak, who you can find in the remainder bin at K-Mart anytime you like and a G prospect who is many years away, if ever.

The old saying that "the team that gets the best player wins the trade" leaves this as a HUGE win for the Flames.

Not even close.

Comments are closed for this article.