Smith, 28, had suited up for four games this season with the Avalanche. The former Blackhawk has never been able to repeat his 2013-14 in which he scored 14 goals and 26 points while playing in a career high 75 NHL contests. Now a 13th (or 14th) forward, he’ll likely clear waivers and be sent down, only to come back up at some point this season.
Varone is a bit of a different story, starting with his age of only 25. An established AHL scorer, Varone doesn’t offer as much on a fourth line for an NHL squad but can provide a little jump on a short-term basis. He’s coming off a 55 point season split between the Rochester Americans and Binghamton Senators last year, and will likely resume his role as a top-six forward for the baby-Sens this season. Varone also led all NHL forwards in scoring in the preseason, with two goals and seven points in four games.