Flames hook up with Oilers for trade

Defenceman Ladislav Smid is heading down the QE2 from Rexall Place in Edmonton to the Saddledome to...

Defenceman Ladislav Smid is heading down the QE2 from Rexall Place in Edmonton to the Saddledome to join the Flames. (Derek Leung/Getty Images/AFP)

WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:24 PM ET

DENVER - The Calgary Flames have beefed up their back-end through a swap with an unexpected trade partner, the Edmonton Oilers.

Just two hours before puck-drop of Friday's road meeting with the Colorado Avalanche in the Mile High City, the Flames announced they've acquired veteran rearguard Ladislav Smid and goaltending prospect Olivier Roy from the Oilers in exchange for minor-league forward Roman Horak and up-and-coming puck-stopper Laurent Brossoit.

I had a conversation with (Smid) to welcome him to the organization, said Flames GM Jay Feaster. I said, 'Welcome to the Battle of Alberta from the other side.'

Smid is the centrepiece of the deal. With 474 NHL games under his belt, the 27-year-old will provide some stability to Calgary's defence crew while captain Mark Giordano recovers from a broken ankle.


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