Smith cleared waivers Thursday, Sportsnet reports. Smith was waived by the Leafs, a club reaching deep in their system in order to evaluate as many prospects as possible for next season. Since he went unclaimed, Smith could be ticketed to the minors, where his role as a depth option would be unchanged. Still, the team has yet to officially announce his landing spot.
Smith was put on waivers by Toronto on Wednesday, James Mirtle of TSN 1050 reports. Smith's spot became vulnerable with a multitude of Maple Leafs set to return from injury. The 27-year-old could wind up back in the minors if unclaimed, but six points in 16 games with Toronto could intrigue another club as well. Expect another update in the next day or two confirming where he will end up heading.
Smith scored the game-winning goal and added an assist in Tuesday's 4-1 win over the Lightning. Don't expect a repeat of this performance any time soon, as Smith has just one goal and two assists in 15 games between the Sharks and Maple Leafs. He continues to skate on Toronto's fourth line, which usually is far from an ideal role for offensive production.
Smith was one of five forwards recalled by Toronto on Monday. Smith, who was acquired from San Jose on Saturday in the James Reimer deal, has yet to score a point in six NHL contests this season. Based on Monday's practice, per the Toronto Sun, the 27-year-old Smith is poised to work on the Leafs' reconfigured fourth line, a role with limited fantasy implications.
San Jose traded Smith, Alex Stalock and a conditional 2018 fourth-round pick in exchange for James Reimer and Jeremy Morin on Saturday. Smith has only drawn into six contests for the Sharks this season, and will likely have a similar role within the Maple Leafs organization, as he's already been assigned to AHL Toronto. The former sixth-round pick has played pretty well in the minors this season, notching 10 points (eight goals, two assists) in 14 games with AHL San Jose, and will provide Toronto with organizational depth at wing if nothing else. The 27-year-old forward is set to be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2015-16 campaign.
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