The Sharks have acquired Ben Smith from the Blackhawks for Andrew Desjardins.
Smith, 25, has one more year on his deal with a $1.5M cap-hit. Smith is a physical two-way forward, who is a few years younger than Andrew Desjardins who went the other way. Smith had five goals and four assists in 61 games with Chicago.
Blackhawks forward Ben Smith will replace Jimmy Hayes vs. Tampa Bay on Saturday.
Smith will skate on the Hawks third line with Brandon Saad and Andrew Shaw. He had a goal in his only game with Chicago last season and also netted 27 with 20 assists (47 points) in 54 games with the Rockford IceHogs (AHL).
“Ben Smith has suffered a right hip labral tear and a hernia. He will undergo endoscopic surgery next Thursday (March 15) to repair both issues. We anticipate a full recovery in approximately 16 weeks.”
Smith is now lost for the regular season and the playoffs. He scored two goals in 13 games with the Blackhawks this season.