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.
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.