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Flames coach Hartley excited about adding Smid

The Calgary Flames are pretty happy to have ex-Oilers defenceman Ladislav Smid on their side now....

The Calgary Flames are pretty happy to have ex-Oilers defenceman Ladislav Smid on their side now. (PIERRE-PAUL POULIN/QMI Agency)

WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:06 PM ET

It wouldn't be a surprise if Bob Hartley was spotted Saturday at YYC Airport with a sign that read, 'Smid.'

 

The Calgary Flames head coach was so excited about the addition of defenceman Ladislav Smid in Friday's surprising swap with the Edmonton Oilers that he might have even offered to pick him up and tour him around the city.

“There's no Mr. Casual in him. He's a warrior,” Hartley said after Friday's 4-2 loss to the Colorado Avalanche. “I talked to him and he was so glad about the trade. He's a guy that shows up at home, shows up on the road. He's an in-your-face defenceman. He's a stand-up guy. He's not afraid to stand up in a room and say what he has to say, and after this, he backs it.

“He's an unbelievable worker and he's a big-sized defenceman, so that's a great addition for us.”


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