• Flames' Smid Cleared For Contact

    News: Ladislav Smid (neck) was cleared for contact Monday, Derek Wills of Sportsnet 960 reports.
    Analysis: It's a huge step forward for Ladislav Smid in his recovery, as the 29-year-old has yet to take any contact since he underwent surgery on his neck to repair a damaged vertebrae in January. It remains to be seen if the veteran defender will be ready for the Flames' season opener on Oct. 7, but Monday's development is certainly a step in the right direction.
  • Flames' Smid Hasn't Been Cleared For Contact

    News: Ladislav Smid has yet to be cleared for contact, Wes Gilbertson of the Calgary Sun reports.
    Analysis: Ladislav Smid's 2014-15 season ended prematurely in January when he underwent surgery on his neck to repair a damaged vertebrae. He was expected to compete with Deryk Engelland for a spot as the Flames' sixth defenseman in training camp, but that expectation appears to be a long shot now that he likely won't be cleared for contact until mid-October. The Flames should provide an update on the veteran defenders' status in the coming weeks.
  • Flames Expecting Smid Back For Training Camp

    News: The Flames' front office believes Ladislav Smid (neck) will be ready to skate during the team's first on-ice session at training camp in September, the Calgary Sun reports.
    Analysis: Ladislav Smid's season came to an end last January when he required surgery on his neck, but his communication with the Flames to this point in the offseason suggests he has recovered well from the procedure. If healthy, Smid will compete in camp with Deryk Engelland for a spot as Calgary's sixth defenseman.
  • Flames' Smid Done For The Season

    News: The Flames ruled Ladislav Smid out for the season Friday due to a neck issue, Roger Millions of Sportsnet reports.
    Analysis: General manager Brad Treliving said that Ladislav Smid, who had been skating in recent days, aggravating an existing injury related to the vertebrae in his neck and would require extensive time to rest. While Smid's minimal contributions in the scoring categories didn't have fantasy owners anxiously awaiting his return, the Flames were looking forward to having him back, especially after Mark Giordano's season-ending biceps injury thinned the team's depth on the blue line. With Smid now lost for the year, the Flames have extended a tryout offer to free agent defenseman Douglas Murray, who could soon sign a contract with the team.
  • Flames' Smid Resumes Skating

    News: Ladislav Smid (upper body) resumed skating Thursday, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
    Analysis: While getting back on the ice represents a positive development, Ladislav Smid has been out since late January with the injury, so he's not close to being activated from IR. Smid could resume practicing with the team next week at the earliest, at which point a timetable for his return might become available.
  • Smid (Undisclosed) Misses Practice Monday

    News: Ladislav Smid (undisclosed) did not participate in practice Monday, Aaron Vickers of the Flames' official site reports.
    Analysis: Ladislav Smid was placed on injured reserve Jan. 20, which left the door open for his return following the All-Star break. His status for Tuesday's game appears in doubt, however, as he did not return to the ice Monday. The team should officially release the details of his availability at some point before the opening faceoff of the team's tilt with the Sabres.
  • Upper-Body Injury For Flames' Smid

    News: Ladislav Smid's injury is being listed as an upper-body ailment, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet.ca reports.
    Analysis: It was an upper-body injury that kept Ladislav Smid out of commission for most of December and the early part of January, so it's possible that he might have aggravated something Monday night. In any case, the Flames have already moved him back to injured reserve and have recalled Tyler Wotherspoon from AHL Adirondack for insurance on defense.
  • Flames' Smid (Undisclosed) Placed On IR

    News: Ladislav Smid was placed on injured reserve Tuesday with an undisclosed injury.
    Analysis: It appears Ladislav Smid sustained some sort of ailment during Monday's win over the Kings, though the Flames haven't released word on the nature or severity of the injury. The blueliner had just been activated from IR on Jan. 7 after missing 10 consecutive games with an upper-body injury. Tyler Wotherspoon was recalled from AHL Adirondack in a corresponding move to restore some depth on defense. Smid will be eligible to return from IR for the Flames' first game after the All-Star break on Jan. 27.
  • Flames Activate Smid (Upper Body) From IR

    News: Ladislav Smid (upper body) was activated from injured reserve Wednesday, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet.ca reports.
    Analysis: Ladislav Smid has been practicing for the last few days with the team, and while he won't necessarily play Wednesday, it appears the team was comfortable in bringing him aboard as an extra defenseman. He should gradually work his way back into the lineup to play a third-pairing role, but won't offer much fantasy appeal outside of leagues that count hits and blocked shots.
  • Flames' Smid (Upper Body) Doubtful For Wednesday

    News: Ladislav Smid (upper body) is considered doubtful for Wednesday's game against the Red Wings despite getting in a full practice with the team Monday.
    Analysis: Ladislav Smid has been shelved with the injury since Dec. 12 after taking a big hit from the Penguins' Simon Despres. Assuming he can't go again Wednesday, he will have to wait until Friday for his next chance to return.