Smith (back) was placed on long-term injured reserve Friday. Smith has yet to play this season due to a back injury, and his placement on LTIR suggests he may not be able to play at all in 2020-21. If that ends up being the case, it wouldn't be surprising to see the 32-year-old forward announce his retirement following the current campaign.
Smith (back) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday. Smith was waived by the Blackhawks on Jan. 4 and evidently still hasn't fully recovered from the back surgery he underwent in February. The 32-year-old pivot has just one year remaining on the four-year, $13 million contract he signed with Ottawa in 2017, and at this point it isn't clear if he'll be healthy enough to play in 2020-21.
The Blackhawks waived Smith (back) on Monday, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports. Smith underwent back surgery last February and was unable to return for the playoff bubble in August. It's unclear if this injury is still bothering the 32-year-old forward. Smith has one year remaining at a $3.25 million cap hit, so there may not be many takers after he posted just 11 points over 50 games last season.
Smith will miss the rest of the season after undergoing back surgery Friday. Smith will finish the season having notched four goals and 11 points while averaging 11:47 of ice time in 50 contests. The former Senator will return to a bottom-six role with the Blackhawks in 2020-21.
Smith (back) won't play Tuesday against the Blues. Smith has missed Chicago's last five games with a hand injury, but now it appears as though he's dealing with a separate back issue. There's currently no timeline for the 31-year-old forward's return to action.
Last 7 Games
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