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Smid says Oilers aren’t done dealing

Nov 12, 2013, 4:51 PM EDT

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Ladislav Smid was the second Oiler traded this season, but he doubts he’ll be the last.

“They’re going to start dealing guys,” Smid told Sportsnet’s Mark Spector on Tuesday. “Mac [GM Craig MacTavish] is not afraid to move guys, for sure.

“He wants to succeed. He doesn’t want to wait.”

Trading Smid to inter-provincial rival Calgary underscores MacTavish’s aggressive approach.

The 27-year-old blueliner wasn’t viewed as a prime candidate to be dealt, especially since he signed a four-year, $14 million extension with the Oilers seven months ago. Smid planned to be with the Oilers for a while, even building a new house in Edmonton — but when MacTavish took over GM duties from Steve Tambellini (the guy that signed Smid), all bets were off.

Now it seems they’re really off.

Trade rumors have swirled around the Edmonton organization for almost the entire season. Jordan Eberle was linked to Philadelphia and Nail Yakupov‘s name has been tossed around incessantly, so much so that all parties involved were in shoot-down mode on Tuesday.

Yakupov said “I love this city and I want to play for this team,” while MacTavish accused ESPN’s Craig Custance — who on Monday reported Yakupov’s agent, Igor Larionov, was headed to Edmonton to discuss his client’s role on the team — of “manufacturing” a story.

Of course, it could be argued MacTavish also played a role in said manufacturing.

He promised “bold things” and to be a “man of action” upon taking the Oilers gig and, to be frank, flipping Smid and Mike Brown isn’t exactly rocketing off the boldness chart. (MacTavish did make several moves in the offseason, but that was before the Oilers went 4-13-2 to start the year. The time for boldness has arrived again.)

As such, it’s unsurprising to hear Smid talk of an Oilers team that’s ready to keep dealing.

“I think there’s been too much waiting, too much waiting,” Smid said of MacTavish. “He’s not going to (mess) around.”

  1. upper90cheese - Nov 12, 2013 at 5:12 PM


  2. esracerx46 - Nov 12, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    Is this Mactavish shaking things up for the sake of shaking things up? I say blow it up and re……oh wait.

  3. canucks30 - Nov 12, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    Trading for the sake of trading rarely, if ever, amounts to a positive outcome

  4. martysbetter - Nov 12, 2013 at 7:24 PM

    I wouldn’t be suprised if one of Hall/Eberle are dealt to NJ (Hall, please) in exchange for a package containing young stud dman Eric Gelinas.

    Gives the Oilers a great young up and coming defenseman and helps NJ inject youth into the forward corps.

    NJ would bank on Damon Severson’s continued development to supplement the loss of Gelinas.

    • withseidelinn - Nov 12, 2013 at 7:58 PM

      Sorry sir/madam but you have absolutely no idea what you are talking about.

      • esracerx46 - Nov 12, 2013 at 8:08 PM

        I thought the same thing. Last time I checked, New Jersey needed to get better and younger on the blue line too.

      • martysbetter - Nov 12, 2013 at 8:10 PM

        Logic being that the Oilers will not get full value for Yakupov under the current circumstances, and would be better off holding onto him and hoping he matures into a franchise player.

        Who does that leave? There are already rumors about Eberle.

        I threw Hall in there as the wet dream in my vague armchair gm trade fantasy 😉

      • withseidelinn - Nov 12, 2013 at 8:36 PM

        I get that you would want Eberle for your team, as would anybody. I just think EDM wants an established Dman who is effective at shutting down opponents, not someone who is high on potential. They have enough of that already and look where that’s got them. I do agree however that the best move would be to trade one of Hall or Eberle. They won’t get anything of value if they trade anyone else. And trading Smid was a step backwards

  5. broadstreetsbaddest88 - Nov 12, 2013 at 9:25 PM

    The entire Albany devils wouldn’t get you Hall. There’s not one promising enough player in the minors for the devils. They got one of the worst prospect systems in the league

  6. ray2013 - Nov 12, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    If they were going to trade anyone, my bet is on Eberle but he’s a six-million doar man. The deals that RFAs get will make it tough on anyone the Oilers look to trade with. Their biggest three weaknesses are Center, top2 dman, probably in that order.

  7. malvaren18 - Nov 12, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    Don’t trade Eberle he is the only good player out of alll those 1st picks, I rather see HALL move on or Hemsky

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