LIGHTNING REASSIGN G MIKE SMITH TO NORFOLK

By on February 6, 2011

For immediate release February 5th, 2011 courtesy of the Tampa Bay Lightning

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have reassigned goaltender Mike Smith
to the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League 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 recently played in two games with Norfolk
during a conditioning stint. While with the Admirals, Smith posted a
0-2-0 record with a 2.56 goals-against average and a .900 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. Prior to his assignment in Norfolk,
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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