Joined: May 2017
I honestly don't think this signing is as bad as everyone is thinking. He had a good season, and while he's old and not particularly likely to repeat that, he also costs only $2.2m for two years. I'm guessing Edmonton has been having trouble finding goaltending options. At best, Smith will repeat what he did last season, but at worst, he's an okay backup and a good mentor figure for whoever Edmonton manages to find. $2.2m for a backup goalie is not the end of the world. Even if they have to move him, it's probably not going to cost too much. You can't let him walk unless you are confident that you can replace him. I'm not saying I love this move for the Oilers (Smith is not a long-term option and this signing probably signals a lack of confidence that they can find anyone else to use instead, which is a massive hole in that roster), but I definitely don't think it's a terrible signing either.