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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    I’m just happy to not be the fist person wearing a Smid jersey at Rexall. Real happy to see he’s getting the love he deserves around here. Absolute warrior.


    I am very pleased with this deal. I think Smid would have gotten more as a UFA over the summer. This is an important signing, and Smid took a discount to stay with the Oil. A good soldier.

  • Eulers

    Good move to keep a valuable piece and a heart and soul guy who embodies the sacrifice and grit required to win. I’m glad they were able to back down from the 16mil x 4 years report to make more room for future contracts. I don’t this often, but I tip my hat to management for taking care of this.

  • Romulus' Apotheosis

    Ecstatic my star will be sticking around for the big push in the next few years.

    He grew up hard here during the lean years and learned on the NHL job… tough assignment.

    It’s amazing they didn’t overpay.

    We needed this player under contract for term and we needed to not pay for it. We got both… shocking.

  • Where's Your Towel

    Good signing, good number. I would have been happier to toss in an extra year and get down to 3.25, but no real complaints on this deal.

    We need guys like him. I consider Ladi part of the core.

    • Phixieus666

      I think 3.25 is probably the absolute lowest you could get any Dman of Smid’s caliber and really if 250,000 a season is going to kill your team, your not a good GM anyway so there are bigger problems. Good deal all around. but still think they need some improvement on the D.

      I’d be willing to keep Whitney at a discount but there needs to be a top guy to play with J Schultz next season and would prefer an upgrade on Potter.

      Does this mean Nick in on the way out? Smid and Fistric give you the physical presence and the rest need to be able to pass the puck effectively. Or does this mean Fistric will be your 7th And Nick stays?

      Still a lot of ?s on the defensive side of things

  • gary b

    Perfect. With any luck this will set the tone for guys signing future contracts to stick with the club (*cough Gagner *cough).

    The kid is a warrior who could have gotten both more money on the open market, and likely even here at home. For him to sign for that shows he signed for what he’s worth, not what he could get paid.

  • D

    This is a key signing in the sense that the Oilers were able to retain a valuable player and not have to overpay. This might mean the organization has turned a corner. Smid wanted to stay in Edmonton and likely took less than he would have received on the free agent market.

  • Randaman

    Excellent signing. 3.5 is fair for the term. It is so obvious that he enjoys being an Oiler and shows his loyalty and grit game in and game out. Now I hope Tambi can go get Yandle for the stretch run. I know it may be earlier than management thought it would be to be in the play-off hunt but don’t you think it would give the dressing-room an added boost of confidence? Couldn’t hurt…

  • Randaman

    Great deal for all. This guy is all warrior and plays the game honestly……..perhaps he can now play the offence side of his game a little more, now that the deal is behind him?

    He does have some offence in his game, but I suspect he has been instructed to keep it down and concentrate on defense.

  • I think that’s a fantastic deal for both the team and the player, and whoever locked Tambellini in the broom closet while forging his signature on the contract deserves to be congratulated.

    Also, they need to be instructed to never let him out. Ever.

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