Ladislav Smid and the Oilers agreed to a four-year extension worth $14 million this morning. This is fair deal for both and a reasonable cap hit of  $3.5 million. The deal does not include a no-movement or no-trade clause.

I’m not surprised the two sides agreed. The Oilers needed Smid and he really likes it in Edmonton. A rare win-win-win, for the team, the player and the fans.


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  • Romulus' Apotheosis

    Good number 14 million. In your mind JG do the Oilers now look at moving N Shultz. There is no way that they’ll keep him moving forward when JS contract comes due. Whitney? If he stays what would be the price point? 2-2.5 million. He isn’t a 3 million dollar player anymore. Never mind 5 million. If Gagner gets 45 points this season does that get him close to 5 million . What is his cap number? MP? 1.2.ish. A back up goalie? 600 large. Certainly not alot more than that.

    My list of deadweight. Peckham. Belanger.Eager.Jones.Hordichuck. Petrell.NK. For me that is contracts that we can either buyout or walk away from due to RFA status or UFA status.
    With guys like Moroz,Klefbom,and others turning pro we will need those roster spots freed up this summer to get under the 50 contract limit.

  • this deal is irrelevant….fine to keep Smid, after next year the cap should go up forever more so can be easily absorbed. problem is this does noting to address the core elements of what is needed

    1) Strong Center(s), Brandon Dubinsky, Steve Ott? (20min, pp net presence, pk specialist and the BEST son of a ** in the league)

    2) Aggresive Forchecking wingers, Curtis Glencross, Wayne Simmonds (pain in the ass speed demons who will score, forecheck and skate like maniacs after pucks

    3) D Gem, we do not have one today or tomorrow….im sorry but this is true. We need an ace, a Pronger, Doughty type….look at the teams that have won cups, they ALWAYS have an ace…guys that lay down to block shots are all over the place….Tammy needs to do something he is genetically predispositioned not to do….think big (Yak + Smid for PK Subban? offer Letang 9yr $63M?)

    • I usually always argue with you, here or at Lowetide, but this is almost exactly what the Oilers need.

      I would minus Simmons, but the rest is bang on, Ott over Belanger, check, Glencross for the top six, check, and Dubinsky for his two way play.

      Also, I think it was a Staple’s article about Couturier being available, might be interesting for the Oilers. I still think Bouwmeester or Weber will end up an Oiler this summer.

    • Jason Gregor

      Does nothing to address the core element?

      This team doesn’t have enough quality #4 D-men, so it does address that need. They keep him. They need more, but suggesting this signing is irrelevant means you think they can win with just one superstar D-man. No team does that. Smid is a solid contributor. Smart signing.

      Letting Smid go and getting a strong centre or guy like Ott, would have been one step forward, one step back. Oilers are at stage where they need to build strong foundation. Smid is one of those signings.

      • The Soup Fascist

        yes nothing. smid is a matt greene, a brooks orpik, a fedor tyutin…..nothing to blow balloons over and write a letter home to mommy.

        my choosing of the word “irrelevant” was to denote that it was a neutral move, when and if the oil win a cup, it wont be because of any superhuman play or quality of Lady Smid but sure…guys like him and he is a “leader” whatever that means.

        Addressing our dimunitive centers is not a core element? Steve Ott by himself would not astronomically address multiple needs? (nhl bodycheck leader, 20min a game, center, scores garbage goals) Oil have an abundance of this?

        Buffalo is a mess right now…every effort must be made to get Steve Ott and immediately delete jones and petrol.

      • Connor Snipes

        Smid is at best a number 5/6 anywhere else in the league. The cap better go up quickly when 93, 19 and 64’s ELC’s come due because if Edm is paying this for a “shutdown” d man, how do you expect legitimate 1-2 d men at 5/6 million per to fit here?

        In the grand scheme Jason, don’t you think this might be trouble for the Oil? Especially years three and four of this deal.

        I understand why they did it…as it’s been pounded down our throats for the last three weeks: UFA at only 27, blocks shots, eats minutes, PK, likeable guy, wants to be here, decent but not great hands/puck moving skills, etc…I suppose someone else would’ve overpayed if we didn’t.

        • bleedingoil

          5/6 based on what?
          Top 5 in league in blocked shots and hits. The Oilers can only put 24 goals in the net when Smid is on the ice so I am not going to blame his -2 rating on him alone. We take some of the most penalties in the league, and over 20% of Smid’s ice time is on the PK this year. A 5/6 guy? You think there are at least 120 better Dmen out there? Based on? Please dont say point production on this low scoring squad we have had this year.

    • Muji

      Pronger is a hall-of-famer. There are only a handful of guys like that in the league and the only one close to Pronger-caliber is likely Chara.

      Doughty has the same # of goals that Smid has this year and is a $7M cap hit. Letang is a great offensive dman but is not a complete defenceman like Pronger.

      I’m not saying that the Oilers don’t need a complete dman – they do – but they’re hard to come by and most teams don’t have an elite one.

      • The Soup Fascist

        hard to come by indeed…like all/any good players, thats why your GM needs to have big kahuna’s and a shrewd mind. Letang is UNREAL, watch him play closely, controls the play completely. You surround a guy like him with average d and you get the goals against pitts does. If im Tammy, I offer Edm’s #1 pick in this year’s draft a day before the draft to Pitts for Letang (pitts next year cant keep him and malkin) and i do a sign and trade like Klowe did with Pronger. Remember that? ya….thats what winners do, seek and attack.

    • Monkeyswan

      Problem is? How could Smid have helped any of those concerns you listed. They signed a decent d-man at a good rate, I think he would have got more had he tested free agency.

  • Random question for people:

    If you were a GM, how much would you “charge” a player for an NMC/NTC in their contract? In other words, how much of a discount below market does a player have to give you before you give them the right to dictate where they go when you try to trade them in their last UFA year?

  • Would of liked 3mil, but 3.5mil is a number this team will be able to live with.

    I can live with it too. Congrats Smid!

    I expect a extra mil worth of scrums in front of the Oilers’ net. Stick a flame in the face, Smid! I kid. …sort of.

    Lets go, blue!!!

  • bleedingoil

    Wow you guys. This was the Oilers top pairing D on the left side. If he’d gone to free agency, he could have gotten 4.5 for sure – maybe higher because a seasoned D just like him is not in plentiful quantity. And what nobody is considering is that if he left, there’s nobody out there to replace him with. Not in our system for a couple years, not in free agency.
    He took a discount because he wanted to stay here. We’re damned lucky.