Smith inked a two-year contract with Kunlun Red Star (KHL) on Monday. Smith -- who was selected by the Predators with the 54th overall pick in the 2007 NHL Draft -- will try his hand overseas after failing to break into the NHL the past two seasons. All of the netminder's NHL outings came back in 2016-17, when he made 10 appearances for the Avalanche, in which he went 1-6-1 with a 3.54 GAA. At this point, it's probably safe to assume the 30-year-old will close out his career in Europe.
Smith was reassigned to AHL Bridgeport on Saturday. Smith signed a two-way contract with the Islanders on Feb. 24. The Michigan native seemingly won't be joining the team for their postseason run, as he hasn't logged any NHL ice time since the 2016-17 campaign.
Smith signed a two-way contract with the Islanders for the remainder of the 2018-19 season. Smith was drafted in the second round by the Predators in the 2007 NHL Draft, but he first tasted NHL action in the 2016-17 season with the Avalanche, making 10 appearances and posting an .888 save percentage. Instead, he's been a minor-league guy for the last 10 seasons. During this campaign, he's posted a .900 save percentage and 16-9-1 record with AHL Bridgeport. The new contract allows the Islanders to recall Smith at any point, providing them depth in case either Robin Lehner or Thomas Greiss gets hurt.
Smith was placed on waivers Thursday for the purpose of reassignment, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports. Smith's demotion to the minors was only a matter of time, as the 'Canes have both Scott Darling and Cam Ward under contract as their goaltending tandem. The 28-year-old Smith did suit up in 10 NHL contests for the Avalanche last season, putting up decent results (5-8-1 with a 2.57 GAA and .911 save percentage) when you take his team context into account. Unless Carolina trades away Ward prior to the deadline -- or the injury bug bites -- Smith will spend most or all of the year with AHL Charlotte.
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.
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