Ladislav Smid Joins Exclusive Club

Ryan Pike
January 21 2016 02:00PM

Ladislav Smid dressed against New Jersey, suiting up for the Calgary Flames for the 13th time this season. He played 10:51 in a loss, but the game represented an interesting milestone for the Czech native.

It was Smid's 100th game as a Calgary Flame. He became one of just seven players to play 100+ games on both sides of the Battle of Alberta. And oddly, very few of them were star players.

Here are the seven members of the 100-100 Club, as I'm calling it.

STEVE SMITH

A legend of the Battle of Alberta, Steve Smith played 385 games with the Edmonton Oilers and won three Stanley Cups. But he's also a big part of Flames lore, having played 102 games with the Flames after initially retiring from the game and serving as the team's captain for a spell.

Oh, and he scored the series-clinching goal in the 1986 Smythe Division Final...on his own net.

IGOR KRAVCHUK

A two-time Olympic gold medalist, Kravchuk played 160 games over four sasons (1992-96) with Edmonton and 115 games over two seasons (2000-02) with Calgary. He played with both teams during a period when both teams weren't very good at all.

DEAN McAMMOND

It only makes sense that a kid from North-Central Alberta would play for both of the province's NHL teams. He played 303 games from 1993-99 with Edmonton and was a strong contributor, then landed in Calgary for two stints (2001-02 and 2003-04) which included the Flames trading him away and then reacquiring him but not being able to use him due to a quirk in waiver rules. He's best remembered in Calgary as part of the vaunted MCI Line (McAmmond - Conroy - Iginla) that saw Iginla score 50 goals and win a scoring title.

MARTIN GELINAS

Gelinas has a unique place in history, having gone to the Stanley Cup Final with both the Oilers and the Flames (winning with Edmonton in 1990 and losing with Calgary in 2004). For what it's worth, he also went to the big dance with Vancouver in 1994. He played 258 games with Edmonton (1988-93) and 157 games with Calgary (2002-04), where he currently works as an assistant coach.

ROMAN HAMRLIK

Renowned both for his physicality and his booming shot, "the Hammer" spent 196 games in Edmonton over three seasons (1997-2000) and 126 games in Calgary over two seasons (2005-07). The Oilers weren't amazing during that time-span, but he was a good contributor on a Flames squad that won a division title with him on their roster.

ANDREW FERENCE

A local favourite, Ference played five seasons and 224 games (2002-07) with Calgary as a strong complementary defender and signed a long-term contract to stick around. However, he was then traded to Boston (where he won a Stanley Cup, so it wasn't all bad). He's currently on the Edmonton Oilers roster where he's played 147 games since 2013 and served as team captain and more recently as a frequent healthy scratch.

LADISLAV SMID

Smid was part of one of two trades between the Flames and the Oilers; he came to Calgary with minor-league goalie Olivier Roy in exchange for Roman Horak and Laurent Brossoit. (The other trade involved Steve Staios, so perhaps there's a rule that Edmonton has to send the Flames depth defenders.) He's played 474 games with Edmonton and 100 games with Calgary, but he's most frequently been a healthy scratch this season (ala Ference).

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Ryan Pike has covered the Calgary Flames since 2010. He's Senior Contributing Editor at FlamesNation, a Senior Writer covering the Flames and the NHL Draft for The Hockey Writers, and a correspondent for the Fischler Report. You can see his hand or the side of his head on TV sometimes.
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#1 maimster
January 21 2016, 02:39PM
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I had it in my mind that the Magic Man played more than just a partial season with the Oilers - I guess because they won the Cup also. (Also have no recollection of Nilsson going back to the Oilers in the mid 90's for a few games).

Interesting list.

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#2 RedMan
January 21 2016, 03:24PM
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Cool trivia

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#3 Kat
January 21 2016, 03:42PM
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Why is it odd that they "aren't star players"? Why would either team send not only a divisional rival, but also a provincial rival, a "star player"? Kinda makes sense they're all average ducks.

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#4 Everyday I'm Jultzing
January 21 2016, 03:56PM
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Brossoit has been stellar down the farm.

GP:21 W:11 L:7 OT:3 SP: 0.927

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#5 Nik
January 21 2016, 04:27PM
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Offseason buyout...nobody will want this guy and his ridiculous contract! He is taking up valuable development space for Nakladl or Wotherspoon!

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#6 beloch
January 21 2016, 04:50PM
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You know what? Smid hasn't been that bad this season. He's been heavily sheltered and rides pine a lot, but he's not the possession anchor he was last season. His even strength CF% is 47.53% this season (up from 41.99% in 14-15). To the eye, Smid doesn't look like he's lumbering around in constant pain the way he did last season. He occasionally even wins foot-races, which is something last year's Smid never did. He's a serviceable #6D, which is a vast improvement over last season. My best guess is that Smid was having chronic health problems last season and his operation in the summer seems to have finally fixed at least some of them.

$3.5M is not what you want to pay a #6D, but Smid has just one more year left on his contract and there's reason to hope he'll continue to be an adequate #6 guy. I'd flip him back to Edmonton for Broissoit in a New York second, but riding out the last year of his contract doesn't look as awful as it did this time last year. There's even a very slim chance that, at next year's trade deadline, he might actually be worth something to a team looking for a depth rental, provided it's a seller's market.

Edit: I just wanted to add that Smid is also probably doing better this season because his zone starts are a lot easier than they were last season. Last season, the Flames third pair was absolutely buried in defensive zone starts. This season, Hartley isn't propping up the abominable Russel/Wideman pair with an insane number of o-zone starts, so it's been easier going for the Flames third pairs this season. The team has also improved their overall offensive zone starts from 47.9% to 51.6% (all situations), which helps everyone. Improved possession is starting to tilt the ice in the Flames' favor. The only two defenders facing substantially tougher zone starts this season are Russel and Wideman, which is a big part of why their offensive numbers have fallen off a cliff.

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#7 FlamesRule
January 21 2016, 08:30PM
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@Everyday I'm Jultzing

Yes, but where is Roy?

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#8 BitGeek
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Does anyone know how many players in total have played with Flames and Oilers? I'm guessing there aren't that many more than the 7 that racked up a 100+ games for the Flames.

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