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Alberta swap: Oilers send Smid to Flames

Nov 8, 2013, 6:54 PM EDT

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The Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers have pulled a rarity and joined forces to make a deal.

Edmonton has sent defenseman Ladislav Smid and goalie prospect Olivier Roy to Calgary in exchange for forward Roman Horak… and goalie prospect Laurent Brossoit, TVA’s Renaud Lavoie reports.

Smid, 27, has two points in 17 games for the Oilers this season while averaging close to 18 minutes a night. Anaheim’s first-round pick at the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, he’s spent his entire eight-year career in Edmonton and is in the first year of a four-year, $14 million extension signed last season.

Roy, 22, was a fifth-round pick in 2009 and has played sporadically for AHL Oklahoma City.

As for the pieces Calgary’s giving up…

Horak, 22, was acquired from New York in the Tim Erixon trade and has been up and down between Calgary and AHL Abbotsford for the last two seasons. He has 18 points in 82 NHL contests.

Brossoit, 20, is a Flames selection from the 2011 draft that was briefly in competition during camp for one of the club’s available goalie spots. He’s split time this year between Abbotsford and ECHL Alaska.

At first glance, this might seem like a salary dump as Edmonton’s returns on a potential top-four defenseman aren’t great. This makes even more sense when you consider TSN’s Darren Dreger speculated the Oilers might be freeing up cap space to sign Ilya Bryzgalov.

Oh yes, that’s right.

Edmonton has been plagued by poor goaltending all season long and, with just four wins in their first 17 games, the Oilers have been looking to shake things up. GM Craig MacTavish and team president Kevin Lowe have been spotted at a number of NHL rinks recently, and today reports surfaced that Philly was interested in acquiring Jordan Eberle.

UPDATE

Here’s more on Bryzgalov-to-Edmonton, from CBC’s Elliotte Friedman:

  1. prd797 - Nov 8, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    Certainly seems like a precursor to a bigger move. What’s more significant is, to my knowledge, that this is the first EDM-CAL trade that didn’t include Steve Staios.

  2. lowenni - Nov 8, 2013 at 7:13 PM

    That’s surprising. Smid is a very solid, dependable defenseman with good upside. He could easily be a top 4 defenseman soon, if he isn’t already. Edmonton is getting a bust of a prospect in Horak and some no-name goalie in return. I understand it might be a salary dump, but they couldn’t have gotten some picks from Calgary?

    I also wonder if Calgary is trying to be competitive again instead of rebuilding. After their hot start, is Feaster looking through rose-tinted glasses again?

  3. ethanmacleod1685 - Nov 8, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    Edmonton= town full of rednecks! I’m sure Brz will fit right in

  4. metalization1 - Nov 8, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    I’m glad the flames are going to have immediate help on the blue line, we need it bad. Especially with gio out at the moment. I’m still in awe that Calgary and Edmonton made a trade together. I didn’t think I would see that in my life time. It’s like spotting a white whale.

  5. letsgopens8771 - Nov 8, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    Terrible trade for EDM. They need defense and Smid is a solid defensive defenseman who’s was mentoring their younger guys. Oilers have a ton of young forwards with potential, they don’t need guys like Horak, who is average at best. Although Edmonton isn’t the only team who stockpiles forward just for the fun of it. Look at my name.

  6. kicksave1980 - Nov 8, 2013 at 9:32 PM

    With so many valuable forward pieces, I don’t understand why Edmonton would trade one of their few good Defensemen. And especially to Calgary.

  7. withseidelinn - Nov 8, 2013 at 10:12 PM

    MacTavish literally pulled the worst trade he possibly could have.

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