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Oilers announce defenseman Smid has swine flu @NHLdotcom

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) -The Edmonton Oilers have confirmed that defenseman Ladislav Smid has the swine flu.

The Oilers made the announcement Tuesday night following their 3-0 loss to the Colorado Avalanche. Smid played 19 minutes 47 seconds in the game.

The Oilers believe he is the only player on the team to have caught the virus. The 23-year-old Czech native has four assists in 12 games this season.

Earlier Tuesday, the Avalanche confirmed that backup goaltender Peter Budaj had the swine flu. Budaj didn't accompany Colorado for the start of its four-game road trip, though he hopes to rejoin the team before it returns home.

The Avalanche also said no other players had come down with the virus.

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