The Edmonton Oilers have locked up defenseman Ladislav Smid for the next four years by signing him to an extension that will pay the hard hitting blue liner $14 million.
The deal avoids any speculation that the Oilers might trade Smid at this year’s deadline prior to him hitting the free-agent market this summer. The extension helps shore up the Oilers blue line, a point of weakness to many.
The 27-year old has 1 goal and 2 assists in 34 games with the Oilers this season but Smid’s value comes in the form of shot blocking and his rugged style of play. Often in the top five in the league in hits and blocked shots, Smid often logs big minutes when playing against the opposing club’s top two lines in a shut down role.
Last season Smid had a career year offensively when he scored 5 goals and added 10 assists in 78 games. Not afraid to drop the mitts, Smid is known to stick up for his younger players from time to time as evidenced by his 361 career penalty minutes in 443 NHL games.
Darren Dreger of TSN reports via Twitter that Smid did not obtain a no-trade or no-move clause.