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.”