Ladislav Smid is staying in Alberta, but he’s headed a bit further south.
The 27-year-old Czech has a goal and an assist in 17 games with Edmonton so far this season.
Smid has played his entire seven-year career with the Oilers, putting up 63 points (10 goals, 53 assists) in 457 games over parts of eight seasons.
Smid was Edmonton’s highest-paid defenceman after signing a four-year, $14 million contract extension with the Oilers on Apr. 1. However, the Oilers have now cleared his salary off the books.
The move also gives the Flames some immediate and long-term help on their blue line, as captain Mark Giordano is still out for the foreseeable future with a broken ankle.
The biggest question about all this is what Edmonton is planning to do with the extra money after trading Smid. Too Many Men on the Site’s Ansel Halle will be following up with a piece on that very topic here shortly, so stay tuned. Things are about to get more interesting in Edmonton.