Oilers keep young defenseman Smid

Updated: August 12, 2009, 4:15 PM ET
Associated Press

EDMONTON, Alberta -- The Edmonton Oilers signed defenseman Ladislav Smid to a two-year contract on Wednesday, and agreed to one-year, two-way deals with forwards Gilbert Brule and Ryan Stone.

Smid, 23, set career highs in assists and points with 11 last season. He had no goals and 57 penalty minutes in 60 games.

"I'm very pleased to have Ladislav signed," Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini said in a statement. "He's a very competitive young defenseman that has the ability to contribute in all situations."

Smid has played in 202 career NHL games, all with the Oilers, recording three goals, 22 assists and 152 penalty minutes.

Smid was obtained from the Anaheim Ducks with Joffrey Lupul and three draft picks for defenseman Chris Pronger in July 2006.

"This is great news for me," Smid said. "I really enjoy playing for the Oilers. I feel my game is improving every year and I can't wait to get started again this fall."

Brule, 22, split last season between the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League and the Oilers. He had two goals and one assist in 11 games for Edmonton, and 13 goals with 11 assists in 39 games for Springfield.

Stone, acquired with goalie Dany Sabourin from the Pittsburgh Penguins for goalie Mathieu Garon in January, had eight goals and 20 assists in 39 games with the Falcons.


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