The Calgary Flames placed goalie Mike Smith on the injured reserve as one of their four roster moves that have taken place on Saturday.
Smith has been out with a lower-body injury since getting hurt in a game against the New York Islanders earlier this month. He was injured on Feb. 11 in the final seconds of a victory over the Isles as he had made 23 saves in the game before leaving with just under two seconds remaining.
Back then, the 35-year-old was originally listed as day-to-day with the injury. Now, the news has gotten worse, as Flames general manager Brad Treliving will have to ponder on possible move to make ahead of Monday's trade deadline. The Flames could have to do like Philadelphia Flyers GM Ron Hextall managed to do earlier this week, by getting a new goalie into his lineup. With injuries to veterans Brian Elliott and Michal Neuvirth, Hextall traded two conditional draft picks to nab 26-year-old Petr Mrazek from the Detroit Red Wings.
One of the issues in Calgary is that Treliving has never before been inclined to deal for rentals and is understandably hesitant to ship out some prospects he’s worked hard to develop for a quick fix. Furthermore, team president Brian Burke said earlier this month the team is looking to add a top-six forward before the deadline, but one thing is sure, Treliving will have to first assess the goaltending.
The GM was not willing to give more information on Smith's status when the Calgary Sun asked on Friday.
“His treatment was off-ice for a couple days to let things settle,” said Treliving of the lower-body ailment that required Smith to be carried off by teammates.
“He skated for three days. (And then took three days off). We’ll have a better sense when we get home.”
In 47 games for the Flames this season, Smith has a 23-16-6 record with a .921 save percentage and 2.53 goals against average.
On Thursday night, the Flames got a much needed win against the Arizona Coyotes, taking them down by a 5-2 mark. Jon Gillies was strong in a 35 save performance and could eventually be the temporary solution for the Flames' woes in between the pipes.
An option for the Flames could have been young 25-year-old netminder Scott Wedgewood, who was placed on waivers Friday by his new team the Los Angeles Kings. On Wednesday night, the Kings traded away goaltender Darcy Kuemper for 25-year-old winger Tobias Reider and Wedgewood.
Of course, Wedgewood's inclusion in the recent deal seemed merely a move designed to give the Kings someone, anyone, at the position to replace the departing Kuemper. Unlike Kuemper, Wedgewood has not had a good season recording a 3.45 goals against average and a .893 save percentage over 20 games with the Coyotes. To be fair to Wedgewood, he was trying to defend a cage with a team that has struggled loads this season...
The Kings decided to trust Jack Campbell as their backup goalie.
On Saturday, Wedgewood cleared waivers.
On top of the unfortunate announcement on Smith' health status, the Flames made other roster moves on Saturday, ahead of this afternoon matinee's game against the Colorado Avalanche. The team also assigned forward Ryan Lomberg to their AHL affiliate, the Stockton Heat, and recalled forwards Tanner Glass and Andrew Mangiapane.