The Maple Leafs have recalled Ben Smith from Toronto (AHL).
Smith, 27, was acquired via trade from San Jose on February 27. He has split this season between the Sharks and Barracuda. The Avon, Connecticut native has skated in six games with the Sharks this season. In 14 games with the Barracuda, he has collected 10 points (eight goals, two assists). In 181 NHL games between San Jose and the Chicago Blackhawks, Smith has recorded 25 goals and 19 assists for 44 career points.
The Maple Leafs have acquired Ben Smith, Alex Stalock and a 2018 conditional 4th round pick from the Sharks for James Reimer and Jeremy Morin.
Smith was acquired from the Blackhawks last season, but only appeared in 19 games with the Sharks last season and six this season. He has picked up 10 points (8G / 2A) in 14 games with the Barracuda (AHL) and was likely only a part of the trade for salary purposes.
Smith will be back in the Sharks lineup on Sunday.
Smith will play in his first NHL game since October 31st. He was out with an injury, then was with San Jose (AHL) on a conditioning stint and now will replace Joel Ward in the lineup tonight. Prior to getting hurt he had no points and a minus-1 rating in four games.
The Sharks have recalled Ben Smith from San Jose (AHL).
Smith failed to record a point in two games during his conditioning stint. He returns to the Sharks, but is not expected to be in the lineup on Tuesday. Smith has no points and a minus-1 rating in four games with the Sharks.
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.