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Smid now on the other side of Battle of Alberta after trade

Nov 9, 2013, 1:35 AM EDT

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It can seem odd for trades within a division, not to mention a deal involving two long-standing adversaries.

On Friday, the Edmonton Oilers sent defenseman Ladislav Smid to their famed Battle of Alberta rivals, the Calgary Flames. The first meeting between these two teams following the trade is on Nov. 16. So, Smid won’t have to wait long to face his old teammates.

Should be an interesting experience, considering this was his eighth season with the Oilers.

“It’s weird. You look at the Battle of Alberta and there’s hatred for the other team but now I’m on the other side,” Smid told the Oilers’ website following the trade.

“I guess I have to change my mindset and now I am part of the Calgary Flames so I am going to enjoy the Battle of Alberta. It’s always fun, the fans are always into it and now I’m with Calgary.

“Hopefully we can win as many Battle of Albertas as we can.”

Smid, 27, was in the first year of a brand new four-year, $14 million contract extension he signed with the Oilers back in April.

Smid’s new team, the Flames, lost to the Colorado Avalanche by a final score of 4-2 on Friday.

  1. canucks30 - Nov 9, 2013 at 1:38 AM

    The “Battle of Alberta”- a battle to see which team occupies the cellar of the NHL standings

    • pxland - Nov 9, 2013 at 1:47 AM

      Nah. Just the western conference cellar. The east is much, much worse.

  2. muckleflugga - Nov 9, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    no, the real battle of alberta occurs every payday

    up to our necks in filthy petro bucks, even someone with a grade four education and ability to scratch his name can make 100k a year

    [ this should trigger interest in the double wide dan set from resource depleted british columbia ]

    most make 150 to 200k, but grouse about taxes needed to subsidize shower and delousing facilities for the yearly parade of unemployed rolling in on highway one in their 1996 torinos, most from the lower mainland, the last great filter of migratory asian peoples

    no, the real battle of alberta involves ways and means of hiding ones earnings from the taxman. not easy while living in million dollar homes surrounded by all the toys we rednecks need to survive

    truth is, we’re all a bit shallow, money being more important than hockey and all that

    • stinkpretty1 - Nov 10, 2013 at 12:12 AM

      as a fellow Albertan, i couldnt agree anymore with you.

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