Love that smid re-signed, but zero credit to tambo here...yet another no-brainer move.
Smid, who has publicly praised the team and his role since he came here, who has expressed his want to remain an oiler since the start, and who, again publicly, stated that he would take a hometown discount by signing for 3.5, got exactly what he was asking for. How is tambo getting any credit for simply realizing that he should take the handount? Smid signed himself.
Ill reserve any credit for management until after I see how the gagner situation gets handled, the dead weight gets dealt with, and the trade deadline day goes off. If history is any indication...
Maybe he said that because that's where him and Tambo were headed to with their negotiations.
I've said from the start that Grossman's deal with Philly this past offseason should be considered the line in the sand for Smid. Anything under that and Tambellini got him at a discount, anything over and he overpaid. Smid ended up getting the EXACT contract under almost identical circumstances (only Grossman's extension came after the trade deadline, and to the team that traded for him).
I would've much rather we overpaid him a little over letting him walk (or trading him), so I'm quite happy we were able to keep him at a reasonable rate. The 4 year term is also good, IMO. I'm not a big fan of deals much longer than that in general, and a 5-6 year deal would've made me a little nervous.
If you are offended by this post, it's probably because you're ugly.
Is Smid starting to fade or is it a systems problem or what? Never was the best puck mover but he's looked agonizingly indecisive moving it this season.
I think he's always been no more than 4-5D-man. Playing with a good puck-mover in Petry masked some of his technical limitations and below average hockey sense. It also appears Eakins prefers guys who can move the puck (J.Schultz, Petry, Belov, Ference), even if they are not nearly as reliable in own end. Hence the reduction of ice time and possible loss of confidence.
Never was a fan of Smid. While he still has a lot of values left in him it's better to package him up in a trade. I still want Coburn dammit. As for Petry, I still had high hopes in him until now. Again it's better to package him up in a trade.
I always thought this guy was overrated by Oiler fans.
He just doesn't have the hockey sense to be a legit shutdown guy. I don't care that he isn't much of a puckmover, i just never felt that he was THAT good at playing defense, not bad but not that good either. Great at blocking shots, average to below average at every other aspect.
Nice guy, high character guy but not a very good hockey player. He's a bigger Nick Schultz basically.
Having him as the top minutes shutdown guy exposes his flaws. Put him on a team like Boston with 2nd pairing minutes and plenty of D support and he becomes a better player.