I can't see Smith making it past the trade deadline! Alot of teams would like to have him for a playoff drive.Teams like Atlanta,T.B and others may be willing to overpay for his services.He will want to much money next year and we have to start breaking in some of our top prospects.
I agree 100% with the comparison of Bergeron to Hawgood. He is a good AHL defenseman at best but has no place on the Oilers if they intend on being a decent team. Ferguson as mentioned is a good 7th man.
This would be my pick, and unfortunately for M-A-B he's the one I'd send down. Fergie is an excellent #7 d-man and should stay here.
I don't see the demotion as a really big detriment to M-A-B's development though, he's still pretty young for an undrafted d-man and I think that offense is the key to his success at the nhl level. He should be back here when he's firmly on the path to being a 50 pt/season guy.
As for Ulanov, he was a stud here 4 years ago and he's still only 34, it's not unfathomable that he plays some very solid d for us from here on out. I just hope he doesn't bolt on us again, he's already used this franchise as a stepping stone once.
Ulanov: 2gp, 0-1-1pt, +3, 21 mins/game
I really like the look of this d-corps right now. Lots of size and strength, and Brewer and maybe Semenov are the only ones who don't play like they have a bee in their bonnet. A group like this will make our goalies look good.