Monday: The Lightning have officially announced the contract, though they did not release any financial terms to confirm CapFriendly’s reporting.
Sunday: Tampa Bay has added some depth up front. CapFriendly reports that the Lightning have signed center Gemel Smith to a one-year, two-way contract. The deal is worth $700K in the NHL, $250K in the AHL, and contains a $325K guarantee.
Smith split last season between Dallas and Boston. He made the Stars’ roster out of training camp but didn’t see a lot of action in the first two months of the season before he was waived and claimed by the Bruins in December. However, he only got into three games with Boston before being waived again two weeks later, going through unclaimed. Between the two teams, he had two goals and an assist while averaging just over eight minutes a night.
The 25-year-old was much more productive at the AHL level. In 46 games with AHL Providence, he picked up 16 goals and 24 assists to finish second on the team in scoring despite not being with them for the better part of three months. However, that wasn’t enough for Boston to justify tendering him a $756K qualifying offer with arbitration eligibility. Instead, Smith now joins Tampa Bay where he figures to be a key player on their farm team in Syracuse while being among the first players considered for a recall when an injury arises.