New Calgary Flames blueliner settles in at Saddledome

Then-Oilers defenceman Ladislav Smid battles for the puck with Flames forward Curtis Glencross....

Then-Oilers defenceman Ladislav Smid battles for the puck with Flames forward Curtis Glencross. Photo by Perry Nelson/Getty Images-AFP.

James Emery, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:28 AM ET

CALGARY - You can’t blame Ladislav Smid for having next Saturday circled on his calendar.

Just days removed from being shipped from the Edmonton Oilers to the Calgary Flames as part of a rare trade between the provincial rivals, the first Battle of Alberta this season will have a little extra meaning for the 27-year-old blueliner.

“It’s going to be weird to face my old team this early, but I’m really excited for it. It’s going to be here in Calgary, and hopefully I believe we’re going to beat them,” Smid said Sunday after his first practice with his new team at the Saddledome. “When I first broke into the league, the Battles of Alberta were really heated, a lot of fighting. It’s much calmer now, it’s more about the hockey. But it’s still a lot of fun.”


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