Is a Ladislav Smid deal imminent?

Jonathan Willis
March 31 2013 02:14PM

The single biggest issue for the Oilers to resolve between now and the NHL trade deadline is the uncertainty of Ladislav Smid’s future with the club. On that note, those hoping to see the Czech rearguard signed to an extension got good news today.

Twitter Attack!

According to the Twitter, a contract extension may be imminent.

Good News?

A $4 million cap hit – the number Van Diest suggests – is less than ideal, but with a weak group of free agents on defence this summer it might be less than what Smid would get on the open market. Given the player’s repeatedly stated desire to stay in Edmonton, I wonder if the team might not be able to knock down the cap hit a little – perhaps by offering another year or by frontloading the deal a bit. Even if they can’t, Smid is the best left-side defenceman currently on the roster and is only replaceable via trade – something that’s likely to be a costly proposition.

In other words: in a perfect world, the dollars would be a little lower, but the critical thing is getting an important player under contract.

Plus, it means Oilers fans will continue to be treated to this once or twice a year:

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Jonathan Willis is a freelance writer. He currently works for Oilers Nation, 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 wiseguy
April 01 2013, 11:20AM
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DSF wrote:

Garrison has 5 goals and 8points.

Smid has 1goal and 3 points.

Offence costs money.

Also worth noting that Smid is -2 while Garrison is + 11

Keith Ballard: $4.2million, 0G 2A +2

Preventing goals costs money. The same reason why you complain about us having small skilled players but would like a Ryan Clowe with his 0G 11A over Sam Gagner who is paid less yet provides much more o

Depends what your team needs.

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#52 GVBlackhawk
April 01 2013, 12:46PM
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DSF wrote:

Nope.

A very reasonable signing at fair rates.

I love how you automatically know he's talking about you. Your hard work is paying off!

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#53 DSF
April 01 2013, 12:55PM
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wiseguy wrote:

Keith Ballard: $4.2million, 0G 2A +2

Preventing goals costs money. The same reason why you complain about us having small skilled players but would like a Ryan Clowe with his 0G 11A over Sam Gagner who is paid less yet provides much more o

Depends what your team needs.

Ballard +2

Smid -2

When have I ever expressed any interest in Ryan Clowe?

As for Gagner, he's having a nice season but still getting killed by the toughs.

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