High-scoring defenceman Smith signs with Flames/Heat

The Abbotsford Heat's parent club landed yet another veteran AHLer on Wednesday, agreeing to terms with defenceman Derek Smith.

The Abbotsford Heat’s parent club landed yet another veteran AHLer on Wednesday, agreeing to terms with defenceman Derek Smith.

The Calgary Flames inked Smith to a one-year, two-way (NHL/AHL) contract. The 27-year-old Belleville, Ont. native is prodigious point producer from the blue line – he eclipsed the 50-point plateau each of the past two seasons with the Binghamton Senators.

Smith helped Binghamton win the Calder Cup in 2010-11, and also suited up for nine games with the NHL parent Ottawa Senators.

“We felt strongly that Derek would add to our depth at the position and would also have a legitimate shot to break into our top seven mix at that position,” Flames general manager Jay Feaster said in a press release.

“His time spent in the NHL last year demonstrated that he is knocking on the door of becoming a full-time regular . . . and he also brings recent AHL Calder Cup championship experience to the mix.”

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