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Report: Oilers close in on deal with Ladislav Smid

Mar 31, 2013, 8:15 PM EDT

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The Edmonton Oilers are on the verge of signing rugged defenseman Ladislav Smid to a four-year contract that could total about $16 million, the Edmonton Sun’s Derek Van Driest reports.

On a team known mostly for its finesse scorers – even on the blueline – Smid is one of those “dirty work” guys every NHL team needs.

He certainly won’t earn his money lighting up the scoreboard. The 27-year-old blueliner has just three points in 34 games played this season after setting a career-high of 15 in 2011-12.

Smid’s an asset because of his stay-at-home defense, though. He’s set to be an unrestricted free agent this summer if a deal doesn’t come to fruition.

The Edmonton Journal’s David Staples explains why $4 million might be a bit steep, but isn’t that far off from the right price:

He’s a keeper, a Top 4 d-man in the NHL, and that $4 million price, while high, while no hometown discount, isn’t anything to complain bitterly about. The Oilers need to get Smid signed, they’re paying for UFA seasons, and a $4 million price is high but fair enough.

We’ll see if that contract extension actually comes to pass as expected, as no announcement has been made either way yet.

  1. ray2013 - Apr 1, 2013 at 1:39 AM

    I cannot remember the last time the media in Edmonton criticized any decision made by Oilers management. They seem to act as an extension of the Oilers PR department at times.

    Sure Smid is top-4, but he’s an Oilers top-4. Trade him if he won’t sign for the price you want. I’m sure someone would love to add a gritty, stay at home defenceman for the upcoming playoff run. Probably get a pretty decent return for him, especially if you package him with someone like Hemsky or Gagner.

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