The Toronto Maple Leafs announced today that the team has acquired goaltender Alex Stalock, forward Ben Smith and a conditional 4th-round selection in the 2018 Entry Draft from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for goaltender James Reimer and forward Jeremy Morin.
Stalock, 28, has split his season between the Sharks and their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the San Jose Barracuda. In 13 games with the Sharks, he has a 3-5-2 record and 2.94 goals-against-average (GAA). Meanwhile, the St. Paul, Minnesota native has a 2-0-0 record and a 1.96 GAA in two games with the Barracuda this season. In 62 career NHL games with the Sharks, he owns a 24-19-7 record with a 2.37 GAA. Stalock was originally selected by San Jose in the fourth round (112th overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.
Smith, 27, has also split his season between the Sharks and Barracuda. In 14 games with the Barracuda, he has collected 10 points (eight goals, two assists). The Winston-Salem, North Carolina native has also skated in six games with the Sharks this season. In 181 NHL games between San Jose and the Chicago Blackhawks, Smith has recorded 25 goals and 19 assists for 44 career points. He was originally selected by Chicago in the sixth round (169th overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
The Maple Leafs return to the ice tonight when they visit the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre at 7:00 p.m. EST.
With the trade, the club has recalled goaltender Garret Sparks from the Toronto Marlies (AHL). The 22-year-old owns a 13-4-3 record and 2.34 GAA with the Marlies this season and will serve as back-up to starter Jonathan Bernier tonight.