Originally written on Lowetide  |  Last updated 6/30/14

DALLAS - JANUARY 23: Western Conference YoungStar Ladislav Smid of the Edmonton Oilers poses for a portrait at the American Airlines Center on January 23, 2007 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
The Oilers have cut down their roster and should be able to reach the 23-man limit by putting various players on IR. Candidates include Sam Gagner, Ben Eager, Ladislav Smid and Taylor Fedun. The Smid injury is described by Jim Matheson:  Smid’s right shoulder is likely either dislocated or separated, not that the Oilers are letting on how bad it is. Smid says he’ll take treatment, but realistically he’ll start the season on injured reserve. Steve Tambellini tells us that they'll wait and see about the injuries but there should be some decent names available on blue from a few NHL teams. Detroit usually attempts to slide useful people through the waiver wire this time of season, that might be a team to watch in the next 48 hours. Oilers need help on D even if everyone is healthy. If they don't make a move then this season will be about evaluating Taylor Chorney, Jeff Petry and callups like Teubert and Plante.
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