LIGHTNING ASSIGN G MIKE SMITH TO NORFOLK FOR CONDITIONING

By on January 21, 2011

courtesy of the Tampa Bay Lightning

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have assigned goaltender Mike Smith to
the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League on a conditioning
assignment today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman
announced.

Smith, 6-foot-4, 215 pounds, has played in 17 games with the Lightning
this season, posting a 10-5-0 record with a 3.20 goals-against average and
a .883 save percentage. He has been on injured reserve for the previous
15 games. In the two games before suffering a mild knee strain on
December 20, Smith had posted a 2-0-0 record with a 0.96 goals-against
average and a .961 save percentage.

A native of Kingston, Ontario, Smith has appeared in 157 NHL games with
the Lightning and Dallas Stars. Smith has accumulated a 64-65-18 record
with a .905 save percentage and a 2.74 goals-against average. He was named
to the 2006-07 NHL All-Rookie Team. He last played in the AHL during the
2005-06 season with the Iowa Stars. That season he led the league in
assists with six, and ranked fourth in goals-against average with 2.50 and
saves with 1,387.

Smith was acquired by Tampa Bay with Jeff Halpern, Jussi Jokinen and a
fourth round pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft from Dallas in exchange for
Brad Richards and Johan Holmqvist on February 26, 2008. He was drafted by
the Stars in the fifth round, 161st overall, in 2001.

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