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Ladislav Smid not badly hurt, heading to Sochi

Feb 9, 2014, 9:02 PM EDT

SAN JOSE, CA - JANUARY 20: Ladislav Smid #3 of the Calgary Flames skate with control of the puck against the San Jose Sharks during the second period at SAP Center on January 20, 2014 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Czech Republic already lost one of their original picks for the 2014 Winter Olympics when Vladimir Sobotka suffered a leg injury. It looked like they would have to make another adjustment after Calgary Flames defenseman Ladislav Smid left Saturday’s 2-1 loss to Philadelphia in the third period.

The news is encouraging for Smid and the Czechs though, as the lower-body injury he sustained isn’t believed to be serious. As a result, he’s among the NHL players en route to Sochi, according to the Calgary Sun’s Wes Gilbertson.

Although Smid has just four points in 57 games this season, he ranks fifth in the NHL with 137 blocked shots. He’s also just one of three players with at least 130 hits and blocks.

The 28-year-old started the campaign with the Edmonton Oilers, but was shipped to Calgary along with goalie prospect Olivier Roy on Nov. 8 in exchange for forward Roman Horak and netminding prospect Laurent Brossoit.

  1. lowenni - Feb 9, 2014 at 9:10 PM

    Still can’t believe all Edmonton got for this guy was a bust of a prospect and some goalie who no one has ever heard of. Smid is a real solid, young, defensive defenseman.
    Wish the Caps would’ve got him to replace Erskine when Edmonton was giving him away for nothing

  2. luz56 - Feb 9, 2014 at 9:59 PM

    There is always a hidden story behind a story when a trade doesn’t make sense… Stoll and Torres leaving the Oil years ago I was reminded about their off ice antics

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