Flames and Oilers make a trade, again
Flames acquire Ladislav Smid & Olivier Roy from the Oilers for Roman Horak & Laurent Brossoit.
Flames acquire the 27 year old physical left handed defenseman who has three more years at 3.5 million per season remaining on his contract. Smid comes over leading the Oilers in blocked shots and hits, not a guy who is offensive but he comes to play every night. Feaster stated he and management felt Smid competes hard and holds himself at a high regard. Smid adds a big body on the blue line which the Flames needed; regardless if they were in a rebuild or not. Smid is a player in his prime and will help the Flames for years to come. Unless the Flames flip him at the deadline…could happen.
The Calgary Flames also acquire Olivier Roy a fifth round pick who has been bouncing around the AHL and ECHL. Roy is a very athletic goaltender but lacks size. Roy is believed to need new scenery and could flourish, I however have my doubts. The Flames are very high on Jon Gillies which allowed a good prospect in Laurent Brossoit to be moved to the rival Oilers.
Roman Horak who came over in the Tim Erixon to New York trade was expendable with the emergence of Knight and Jooris. Horak is a smart two way player. But again lacks size and when Brian Burke came into the organization he stated the Calgary Flames will get bigger. With the additions of Colborne and Smid, the Flames seem committed to adding size, and are doing it quickly.
All in all it is strange to see these two teams complete a trade. But it makes sense for both teams as the Oilers made cap room to sign Bryzgalov to a contract. This trade smells desperate from Edmonton, as Feaster admitted the trade was close to being completed last week.
I do like that the Flames management are not sitting idle, always looking to improve the team without acquiring players past their prime. In my opinion that is what Edmonton did wrong during their first couple years into their rebuild. We will see if Feaster and co learned from that and keep up the smart transactions.
I bet Jiri Hudler who has been having a very good season is happy to see his country mate join his team.