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03-18-2013, 11:32 AM
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The Hendog
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The only reason the Oilers should trade Smid is if:

a) they don't think they can resign him and are afraid of losing him for nothing.
b) they don't think they can make the playoffs but can resign him in the offseason so trade him for future assets only to get him back for next season.

The UFA group of defenders this year is thin thin thin with Smid being the best in the group I think. Oilers are thin enough on D and really can't afford to lose this guy as there is likely nothing available to replace him outside a trade. And that trade would likely be for a forward asset most Oilers fans wouldn't be to happy to give up.

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