Derek Smith D CGY Feb 23 '12
Derek Smith is likely to return from his ankle injury on Thursday night.
Coach Brent Sutter is calling the defenseman a game-time decision, but he'll probably be back in the lineup considering the match's importance in the club's playoff push. Smith has been sidelined since Dec. 29. "I've just got to do my job till I get my feet wet and get comfortable," said Smith. "It's been while, but the game hasn't changed. I just have to keep it simple. I'm excited to get back."
Derek Smith D CGY Feb 22 '12
Derek Smith participated in Calgary's optional practice on Tuesday.
"It's been a while. A little flustered right now," said Smith. "It's tough. Those guys skate you hard out there. It's not easy, but it's got to be done. It's just about getting back in game shape and getting my timing back." Smith hasn't played since Dec. 29, so he might report to the AHL on a conditioning stint before rejoining the Flames.
Derek Smith D CGY Feb 19 '12
Flames' rookie defenseman Derek Smith may be able to return to action within in the next week.
He is recovering from a high ankle sprain that has kept him out of the lineup since the first of the month. Smith may need a little conditioning stint in the minors before he is ready to play in an NHL game.
Derek Smith D CGY Feb 08 '12
The Calgary Flames inked Derek Smith, who is still sidelined with a high-ankle sprain, to a one-way, two-year contract extension on Wednesday.
The deal is worth $775,000 per season. "Up until the time of his injury he was one of our best and most consistent defensemen," GM Jay Feaster said. "He is a sound two-way hockey player with very good hockey sense, and he has seamlessly fit into the chemistry of our team." Smith has 10 points, 12 penalty minutes and a plus-2 rating in 32 games this season.
Derek Smith D CGY Jan 01 '12
A high-ankle sprain will sideline Derek Smith for about six to eight weeks.
High-ankle sprains are difficult to rehab, so it very well might take two months. Smith has 10 points and 12 PIM this season, which means he doesn't have much more than modest fantasy appeal.
Derek Smith D CGY Dec 30 '11
Derek Smith was injured blocking a shot in the second period Thursday and did not return.
He will be sidelined as apparently his right leg buckled according to the Calgary Herald. Coach Brent Sutter said: "It certainly didn't look good." Stay tuned and consider him day-to-day for now.