CALGARY, AB -- Ladislav Smid hasn't played a game since January but he and the Calgary Flames are hopeful that lengthy spell comes to an end in the near future.
Smid was hit by Pittsburgh Penguins defenceman Simon Depres on Dec. 12 and took a handful of games off before returning for trio of outings in January. He was put on the injured reserve shortly after his last game, coming on Jan. 19 vs. the Los Angeles Kings, and hasn't played since.
The 29-year-old has spent the summer recovering and recently saw a doctor to get an update on the status of his recovery. The outcome of that appointment has left Flames general manager Brad Treliving optimistic.
"It was good, it was positive. He looks really good," Treliving said during his media availability on Wednesday. "The injury is healing. It will be close to month from when he [was] seen to when he gets seen at training camp.
"As to whether he can participate, my sense right now is that everything is progressing well, he's not necessarily going to be ready for contact at training camp ... it was a positive report but we'll see where he is and what steps to take once we get to camp."
The Flames acquired the defenceman from the Edmonton Oilers on Nov. 8, 2013. Smid has suited up for 87 games in Calgary silks, amassing seven points and 75 PIM.