What to do with Ladislav Smid?

May 27 2015 01:00PM

On Nov. 8, 2013, the Calgary Flames repeated an unfortunate piece of history: they made a trade with the Edmonton Oilers. 

The previous time it happened, they got Steve Staios. The Flames did miss the playoffs, but at least Staios scored the game-tying goal with just under two minutes to go against the Oilers to keep their playoff dream at the time alive. That was worth it.

The second go around, the Flames got Ladislav Smid - who had just been given a four-year extension - in exchange for Roman Horak and Laurent Brossoit.

That trade hasn't exactly worked out.

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2014-15 By The Numbers: #29 Deryk Engelland

Ryan Pike
May 27 2015 11:00AM

When the Calgary Flames announced the signing of Deryk Engelland during free agency season, most people went through this basic thought process:

  • "$2.9 million over three years isn't bad for a big, physical right-handed defenseman with playoff experience. What's that per season?..." [Editor's Note: that'd be $967,000 per year.]
  • "Wait. Wait. It's not $2.9 million over three years?..."
  • "Oh God, please no..."

Immediately, it became evident to those who follow the team that it was expensive for a third pairing guy. And considering that Dennis Wideman ($5.25 million) had underperformed and Ladislav Smid ($3.5 million) was what he was, it seemed a bit steep - particularly considering either one of those three would sit regularly or someone would play well over their head in the second pairing.

Here we are, a season later, and I think Engelland turned out about as well as everybody thought he would.

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Flames 2015 Playoff Tribute Montage

Christian Roatis
May 26 2015 03:00PM

As many of you may know, at the completion of this past regular season, I put together a tribute montage - 2004 style - to commemorate the incredible Flames season that was. It was extremely successful, and I was overwhelmed by all the positive comments and the shear amount of people that enjoyed it.

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2014-15 By The Numbers: #24 Jiri Hudler

Ryan Pike
May 26 2015 01:00PM

In all my haste to get Calgary's, um, worst players out of the way, I somehow skipped over one of their major success stories - the NHL's 7th-leading scorer, Jiri Hudler.

Hudler joined the Flames as a free agent, signing a long-term deal just before the 2012-13 lockout began. His 2012-13 season was thus, truncated, and unfortunately punctuated with the death of his father. Long story short, much like his coach (Bob Hartley), Hudler probably would've liked a mulligan on the entire 2012-13 campaign.

He seemed to get his legs under him last season, and he was really, really good in spurts this season.

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Cap Teams and Flames Trade Targets

Kent Wilson
May 26 2015 11:00AM


Although the Flames may be facing a challenging cap situation in a couple of years, for now they still boast a lot of budget flexibility. With the cap ceiling stagnating this upcoming, this may represent an opportunity to pry a few good players from clubs with budget problems. Think Johnny Boychuk from Boston last year. 

So who should Brad Treliving be talking to? Candidates include the Chicago Blackhawks, Boston Bruins, Los Angeles Kings and Tampa Bay Lightning. Here's what each club could offer the Flames in terms of trade targets. All salary info from NHLnumbers.com.

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