The Edmonton Oilers have signed free agent goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov to a one-year contract, and traded defenseman Ladislav Smid and goalie prospect Olivier Roy to the Calgary Flames for forward Roman Horak and goalie prospect Laurent Brossoit.


Oilers sign Ilya Bryzgalov to a one-year deal.

Oilers sign Ilya Bryzgalov to a one-year deal.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Busy afternoon for Oilers GM Craig MacTavish. One of the moves I understand (Bryzgalov) while the other leaves me a bit puzzled (Smid).  

The Oilers need goaltending depth, and at this point they have little choice but to take a chance on Bryzgalov. Hopefully it won’t take him long to shake off the rust as his last game was with the Flyers back in April.  No word yet on how much Bryzgalov’s salary will be but considering he got an expensive buyout from the Flyers, it’ll be affordable for the Oilers.

As for trading Smid, he was their best defensive blueliner over the past couple of years, ranking among the league leaders in hits and blocked shots. Moving him for a checking line forward doesn’t make much sense to me. I know the Oilers need depth on the checking lines, but trading their best defensive d-man to get one is strange.

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15 Responses to Oilers Sign Bryzgalov, Trade Smid To The Flames.

  1. Kyle says:

    This trade must mean there is more coming. Either that of MacTavish has lost his mind. Smid must have been trading to make room for another D-man’s because if it were to make room for Bryzs salary then they paid too much (anything above 1 million is too much).

    • BCLeafFan says:

      The Flames just got a lot better. The Oilers must have a trade for a defenceman in the works or there’s something seriously wrong.

  2. Honest Rob says:

    Humongous Big Move!

  3. Shticky says:

    K soooo ….lets get this straight trade basically could viewed as Smid for Bryz?…bit of a head scratcher but I guess…

  4. DaGoalieMan says:

    Hate to see Smid go but love the fact MacT took action. Say what you want about Bryzgalov but he’s better than Dubnyk. Plus, if he gives Edmonton half decent goaltending nobody will care that he’s nuttier than a Snickers bar.

  5. chaas says:

    Next you’re gonna tell me Yakupov and Hemsky are headed to New York for Nash and Girardi.

    *races over to twitter to pray it isn’t so*

  6. Bob Stauffer has said when Mac T coached the team he had very little use/ time for Smid yet this move is curious to say the least the Oiler brain trust must be very high on Brossoit.

  7. DS says:

    Curious trade…

  8. JJB says:

    Deal makes virtually no sense to me at all …

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