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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  • Clyde Frog

    He stands up for everyone, is consistently at the heart of any after the whistle scrum… AND can actually skate well enough to have a regular roster spot.

    Good signing.

  • bleedingoil

    Glad to see he stays, good defenceman. Top pairing guy (go ahead and argue. Top 5 in league in blocked shots and hits. His +/- is a little less than to be desired, but the Oilers are 29th in the league at 5×5 goals for, and 21st for GF/G. We are in bottom 6 for times Shorthanded, and 7th in league in PK%. A Lot of his time is spent on the PK (23% time on ice is on PK) His point production is not there, but he more than makes up for it in blocked shots. The team has only put 24 goals in net when Smid is on ice, and he still has top paring numbers (41st place) for on ice Goals Against.

  • Gerald R. Ford

    This is a nice step in the right direction, I love Laddy and we need him here for four more years without a doubt. His style and area of speciality are needed here. Laddy is a yard dog who is best around his net and at blocking shots and every team needs one of those men.

    I dont like the numbers and I think the Oilers got to good a deal, Laddy is a soft target because of his loyalty and the confidence head-job Lowe and the boys did on him over the years, and I hate Oilers managment and business tactics , that group is veryyyy easy to hate.

    Its always great news to see a loyal Oiler rewarded, cheap-arse as the Oilers can be when they see a soft target, the weasels. Good all round well balanced deal though in terms of dollars vs years.

    The price range will make Laddy extremely tradeable in a few years as he hits his prime, he will be in tough to demand huge bucks here on his next deal, this contract was his leapfrog one and the Oilers know it, so by not forcing the dollar issue now he kind of sealed his own fate if you understand how the Oilers do business, he just made himself a rental d-man unless we win a cup then he hits the jackpot and his value skyrockets next deal, I wonder if Laddy goes to Vegas much, thats a pretty good bet on his part.

    Higher price tag means harder to deal. Lower price tag means you trust the team to keep you for the duration and surrender your entire fate to them willingly. Well played Mr.Smid, in these uncertain times I am glad to see you are back in the equation for a decent term.

    Laddy must be a genius because he sure has found a way to get his deals done fast and seamlessly as he has matured, I am not sure who is in the drivers seat here though, either this is a template for team/player negotiating success or an anomaly.

  • Romulus' Apotheosis

    @John Chambers
    Well played. Went right over the heads of a few trigger-happy commenters.

    Sounds to me like there were two parties in the negotiation and they reached a deal that was acceptable to both, and no guns were held to anyone’s head in the process. How does one side or the other get “to (sic) good a deal?”

    I am no fan of Lowe and Tambellini’s record, and I will throw in Katz’ name as the, erm, genius behind those ill-fated whale hunts. Maybe they have all been learning on the job, and this is evidence that they are finally getting it.

    Manage within two caps: the salary cap (moving target and you can manage your response to it) and 50 contracts (fixed target where the Undo button has very limited functionality). Manage a depth chart with a rolling three year window at every position. Do so in front of a fanbase with big opinions and limited patience. Guys, it isn’t that easy.

    • MarcusBillius


      The”to good a deal” part is the fact that Smid surrenders an aspect of dynamic control of future contraction negotiations when he signs for 300k or so less than his going rate, and Iam including the term influences in my analysis.

      I agree both sides have shown us an expedient and reasonable result and must have been on the same page to have had it go down this way, but as i said earlier it seems as if Smid is always closed out quickly like this, and to me it is evidence of the true value the team puts on him aside from their propoganda which is common but to me distasteful business practice.

      Laddyis a long serving Oiler and has elite shotblocking ability which will look even better in2 or3 more years,I believe Smid was in a very comfortable bargaining position, I am not saying the Oilers had a gun to his head I am saying I am not sure I agree with the fact that laddy opted for the soft sell of the dollars and a mediocre term.

      I understand the potential for Laddy to hit it huge in four years if we earn a Cup here and he is a key shutdown stay at home guy, those men earn top dollar after Cup rings get put on their fingers. I believe he is taking a calculated risk, a gamble. Had he demanded more money now he would have gotten more, and it would have made him a tougher asset to trade in the next 4 years, undervaluing himself only makes him a potential trade asset sooner. And gives the Oilers a dynamic advantage in determining Laddys future, they gain lattitude if you will.

      The Oilers have hardballed Smid since day one and were very tough on him when he was young, the organisation constantly manipulated things to keep a dynamic advantage in their hands come contract time, this is one way of doing business no doubt.

      I understand how difficult juggeling the many tasks you list could potentially be but i also see ways those tasks could by viewed in a synergistic manner and could through osmosis be condensed into much smaller more malleable dynmic decisions. Many of those tasks go hand in hand and can be micro-managed together in a multi-task format. There is also a fantastic support network surrounding each of these tasks when we are at the NHL level. You can manage a burger pit into the ground or create MacDonalds empire, it just depends how well suited and prepared you are for the job nd who you re surrounded by. No man should be expected to carry more weight than a single link in a properly forged chain.

  • Spydyr

    This must be an April fools joke. There is no way the Oilers management paid the right price for the right player at the right time. That just does not happen here anymore.