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Ladislav Smid - Injury Prone

A closer look at the ex-Battle of Alberta rival turned Flames Defenceman.

Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

Ladislav Smid
6'-4" 210lbs.
Shoots Left
Born February 1, 1986 in Frydlant, Czech Republic
Drafted 9th Overall in the 1st Round by the Anaheim Ducks in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft
Traded to the Flames by the Oilers in 2013

(Stats from the Flames website)

In his last 5 games Smid was held pointless and had a -4 plus/minus rating and only 2 shots on goal.

This season Smid played in 22 games and was held pointless with only 11 shots on goal and a -7 rating according to the Flames website.

Ladislav missed the end of the season after being injured on February 17th in a game against the Minnesota Wild. Smid was hit by Wild forward Jason Zucker in the 1st period and never returned to the game.

Smid was traded to the Flames along with then minor-league goalie Olivier Roy in exchange for minor-league goalie Laurent Brossoit and forward Roman Horak. The deal was a rare affair, in fact only the second trade between the rivals in history according to a Calgary Sun article by Wes Gilbertson.

"I had a feeling I would be getting traded at that time, but when MacT (Oilers exec Craig MacTavish) told me, ‘It's Calgary,' that was a big shock,"

Sun article by Derek Van Diest reports that Smid also missed games due to a neck injury from a hit by Pittsburgh Penguins d-man Simon Despres in January. Smid had to have neck surgery in February for that.

Smid is now in year three of a four-year $14 million contract according to the Sportsnet article about his latest injury.

He seems prone to injuries in the past couple seasons and has missed a lot of ice time. With so many injuries and so many games missed, is Ladislav Smid's time in the NHL almost over?