Tag: Derek Smith


Minor bits: Habs call up Beaulieu once again

Here are a few AHL recalls and demotions to distract you from stomach-turning sports injuries:

  • The Montreal Canadiens brought defenseman Nathan Beaulieu (pictured) back from the minors. Beaulieu, 21, played five games in October, one on Jan. 18 and possibly more now. Unless the Canadiens send him back down again, that is.

The 17th pick of the 2011 NHL Draft has 14 points in 32 games at the AHL level, too.

  • The Calgary Flame sent blueliner Derek Smith to the AHL’s Abbotsford Heat.¬†Smith, 29, has appeared in 14 games for the Flames this season, collecting an assist and a -10 rating. He has 94 NHL games under his belt and has been in the Flames organization since 2011-12.
  • The San Jose Sharks defenseman Matt Tennyson to their AHL affiliate, the Worcester Sharks. The 23-year-old played in four games in 2012-13 but hasn’t played with the big club yet this season.

Leafs’ Ashton suspended two games for ‘extremely dangerous’ boarding


Toronto Maple Leafs forward Carter Ashton has been suspended two games for boarding Calgary’s Derek Smith on Wednesday, the NHL announced.

“Ashton takes a couple of strides and forcefully shoves [Smith] in the numbers, causing Smith to crash violently into the boards,” explained NHL discipline czar Brendan Shanahan. “Although Smith is turning while receiving the pass, at no point during this play does Ashton see anything other than Smith’s back.

“The onus, therefore, is entirely upon Ashton to either avoid contact or, at the very least, minimize it.”

Shanahan also said Ashton hit Smith from an “extremely dangerous” distance from the boards.

Here’s the video:

As per the NHL CBA, Ashton will forfeit $8,615.38 in salary to the Players’ Emergency Assistance fund. He’ll miss Toronto’s next two contests — Saturday in Vancouver, next Friday at home vs. New Jersey — and will be eligible to return on Saturday, Nov. 9 in Boston.

Video: Leafs’ Ashton to have hearing for boarding Smith


Toronto forward Carter Ashton will have a disciplinary hearing on Friday for his hit from behind on Calgary’s Derek Smith on Tuesday, the NHL has announced.

Here’s the hit in question:

Ashton, 22, was given a minor boarding penalty on the play and also received a five-minute major for fighting Calgary’s Shane O’Brien.

As for Smith, he missed no time following the hit and returned to the contest, logging nearly 10 minutes total.




Video: Leafs’ Ashton boards Flames’ Smith


Carter Ashton delivered the latest questionable hit, as the Toronto Maple Leafs youngster caught Calgary Flames defenseman Derek Smith from behind on Wednesday:

Ashton didn’t need to wait long for retribution, as Shane O’Brien immediately dropped the gloves with him (and bloodied him) after that hit.

Ashton received a two-minute minor for the hit along with matching fighting minors with O’Brien. The Flames made that power play count, as Matt Stajan scored seven minutes later. It might not be enough for the Flames to win, but should Ashton sit out for that hit?

NHL on NBCSN: Flames conclude painful season vs Blackhawks

CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 26: Daniel Carcillo #13 of the Chicago Blackhawks charges in between Chris Butler #44 and goalie Miikka Kiprusoff #34 of the Calgary Flames during the NHL game on March 26, 2013 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)

NBCSN’s ongoing coverage of the 2013 campaign will continue tonight when the Chicago Blackhawks host the Calgary Flames at the United Center at 8:30 p.m. ET. In addition to NBCSN, you can also watch the game online.

The Flames won’t just be finishing up their fourth straight season without a playoff berth on Friday, they will be finalizing the end of an era.

Jarome Iginla has been traded and Miikka Kiprusoff, 36, might announce his retirement this summer. For years the Flames had those two star players, but they weren’t able to build around them.

In 2003-04 Miikka Kiprusoff broke out and led the sixth-seed Flames all the way to the Stanley Cup finals before ultimately losing to the Tampa Bay Lightning. Since then, Calgary hasn’t been able to win a postseason series.

Things couldn’t be more different for the Chicago Blackhawks. The Patrick Kane/Jonathan Toews era is still young, but it’s already led to one Stanley Cup championship. This season they captured the Presidents’ Trophy by a comfortable margin and now have their sights on bigger prizes.

The question going into tonight’s game is if the Blackhawks will prevent any of their top players from participating as they try to find a balance between giving some veterans a breather and maintaining momentum going into the playoffs.

As it happens, this game has more meaning for Calgary because a loss might result in them getting a better draft position. That being said, Calgary has won six of their last 10 games, so they haven’t exactly been tanking.

Probable goaltenders: CGY – Joey MacDonald (8-8-1, 2.87 GAA, .901 SV%) | CHI – Corey Crawford (18-5-5, 1.98 GAA, .925 SV%)

Top scorers: CGY – Mike Cammalleri (13-19-32, 43 GP) | CHI – Kane (22-32-54, 46 GP)

Notable Injuries:
Calgary – Forwards: Steve Begin (upper body), Curtis Glencross (knee), Alex Tanguay (knee) Defensemen: Derek Smith (upper body)
Chicago – Forwards: Dave Bolland (groin) Goaltenders: Ray Emery (lower body)