Jeremy Smith was picked up on a two-way deal by the Hurricanes after going 1-6-1 with a 3.54 GAA and .888 save percentage in 10 appearances for the Avalanche last season. Given how poorly the 28-year-old's first taste of NHL action went, he'll almost assuredly spend the season in the minors barring an injury to Scott Darling or Cam Ward. The 2007 second-rounder never really panned out and is unlikely to ever make a difference at the NHL level.
Smith will tend goal for Monday's preseason contest with Buffalo, Michael Smith of the team's official site reports. Monday will be Smith's first appearance in a Carolina uniform, though the 28-year-old has suited up for five other organizations in eight seasons prior. Smith struggled mightily in the first 10 NHL games of his career with Colorado last season, but is a proven AHL goaltender and will provide organizational depth.
Smith signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Hurricanes on Saturday. It was a rough first stint in the NHL for Smith, as he posted a 1-6-1 record, .888 save percentage and 3.54 GAA -- not that it's easy to be a backstop in Colorado. As long as Scott Darling and Cam Ward are protecting the crease in Carolina, the 28-year old will likely play close to a full season for AHL Charlotte.
Smith stopped 42 of 45 shots in Saturday's shootout loss to the Stars. Smith was far busier than opposing netminder Kari Lehtonen, and if one of his teammates had scored in the shootout, he may have come away with a victory. The 27-year-old closes out the season with two solid appearances, but his .888 save percentage puts some uncertainty around his future. Smith showed what he's capable of in Saturday's loss, but we'll need to see more of that from him at the NHL level before we put any stock in his fantasy value.
Smith will be in goal Saturday in Dallas, Rick Sadowski of NHL.com reports. Colorado has back-to-back games to finish off the season, meaning Smith will play Saturday and watch Calvin Pickard in net Sunday. Smith has only made three appearances in the past month, recording a horrid .838 save percentage coupled with a 4.77 GAA. This start will be a good opportunity to show he has potential in the long term, but fantasy owners should steer clear for now.
Smith surrendered six goals on 29 shots in Thursday's 7-4 loss to the Oilers. Smith seemed to be headed for his second career win when his team jumped out to a 4-2 lead through two periods, but five unanswered Oilers goals in the final frame squashed those dreams. The backup goalie for the last-place Avalanche carries nearly no fantasy value and has posted a save percentage below .900 in five of seven starts.
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