The Tampa Bay Lightning announced this morning that they have signed center Trevor Smith to a one-year, two-way contract. It’s expected that Smith will serve mostly as roster fodder for the Bolts’ AHL affiliate, the Norfolk Admirals, but it’s always good to have depth in your minors in case of injuries.
From the official press release:
Smith, 6-foot-1, 195 pounds, played in 68 games with the Syracuse Crunch and Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League last season, recording 20 goals and 43 points. He also notched five power-play goals and one shorthanded goal.
A native of North Vancouver, British Columbia, Smith has skated in 282 career AHL games with the Crunch, Falcons and the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. He has registered 92 goals and 192 points with 157 penalty minutes. Smith has played in seven career NHL games, all with the New York Islanders during the 2008-09 season. He has one career goal.
There’s still no word on the (restricted) free agent that’s on everyone’s mind: Steven Stamkos. Yzerman is still working on reaching a deal with him, but both sides are playing things very close to the chest.