This question is sorta riding off the other Smith thread.
Would a Smith+Roy for Kalinin deal sound fair?
I think it can work for both teams. The Sabres could use a tough RH defensman and Smith fits that bill. Think he'd be ideal in terms that be brings his physical play and won't be counted on to be the #1 defensman. Would probably play second pair minutes with Spacek behind Tallinder/Lydman. Roy would be a nice depth defensman for the playoffs and next year.
As for the Oilers I believe Kalinin would be a good fit. It's only my humble opinion but I think Kalinin has all world talent. He's played well for most of the year, not so much the last 6 games. His attributes: he has the durability to play 23 or more mins a night, has good size although I'd wish he'd use it more, is a very good passer and puckhandler something the Oilers really lack. He wouldn't be the puck moving answer some are looking for, but would be a very good defensman to pick up.
I must be in the minority, but I like Kalinin's game, and I've had no less then 3 proposals involving him and Smith. Kalinin is just about entering that defensive prime (26). I love Smith, but his value is about as high as it will go right now; nobody's having wet dreams over Kalinin, I'm sure, but he's a good young player who won't break the bank in terms of money and/or asets.
My issue with this is that it really doesn't improve the Oilers defence. As much as Gator has struggled, he still is the Oilers only legit top pair d man. Adding Kalinin would be good, but we can't afford to lose Smith
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