Flames GM: Smid nearing return following surgery

Calgary Flames defenseman Ladislav Smid is progressing in his bid to return to the ice, according to general manager Brad Treviling.

Sidelined since Jan. 19, Smid had season-ending surgery the following month to repair a herniated disc in his neck.

The 29-year-old Smid participated in informal skating in Calgary recently and is eyeing a return to the club.

“My sense right now is everything's progressing, but he's not necessarily going to be ready for contact at training camp, and getting a better sense when that will be,” Treliving told the team's website on Wednesday. “It was a positive report. We'll see where he is. There are still steps to take when he gets to camp.”

Smid was initially injured after absorbing a high hit from then-Pittsburgh Penguins blue-liner Simon Despres in Calgary's 3-1 loss on Dec. 12. The 6-foot-3, 209-pounder played in three more games before electing to have surgery.

Smid, who notched one assist in 31 games in 2014-15, has scored 12 goals and set up 60 others to go along with 466 penalty minutes in 561 career contests with the Edmonton Oilers and Flames.

(h/t Calgary Flames)