|Bruins sign Jeremy Smith to 1-year deal||07.01.15 at 9:25 pm ET|
In announcing their flurry of acquisitions Wednesday, the Bruins slipped in an interesting name that had yet to come up during free agency: Jeremy Smith.
The B’s announced that they had signed the goaltender, who split time with Malcolm Subban in Providence last season, to a one-year, two-way deal worth $600,000 at the NHL level. That would make it likely that Smith will at the very least contend to be the backup in Boston behind Tuukka Rask next season.
Smith has never played in the NHL. The Bruins have had mixed results with giving unproven veteran AHLers their backup gig in recent seasons. Chad Johnson proved to be a steal for $600,000 in the 2013-14 season, while the team lost faith in Nicklas Svedberg last season on the same contract. Svedberg bolted Boston early in the offseason to play in the KHL. Both Johnson and Svedberg had one-way deals, however, so Smith could easily be stashed in Providence for less money should he not make the big club.
Assuming Smith makes the team, the Bruins have $63,085,667 against the cap committed to 18 players for next season.
|Bruins recall goaltender Jeremy Smith on emergency basis||02.27.15 at 1:33 pm ET|
The Bruins recalled goaltender Jeremy Smith from Providence on an emergency basis Friday.
Rask has not had a night off since Jan. 8. With Smith up, the Bruins have the options of sitting Rask and dressing Svedberg and Smith.
|Bruins sign goaltender Jeremy Smith||07.02.14 at 4:56 pm ET|
The Bruins signed goaltender Jeremy Smith to a one-year, two-way contract Wednesday. The contract is worth $80,000 at the AHL level and $550,000 at the NHL level.
The signing comes a day after general manager Peter Chiarelli said that Niklas Svedberg, who was signed to a one-year, $600,000 deal last week, was not guaranteed the backup job behind Tuukka Rask.
“I think he’s almost ready, if not ready,” Chiarelli said Tuesday. “It doesn’t mean he gets the job; it doesn’t mean we won’t add somebody at some point to challenge him.”
With all due respect to Smith, it would be a surprise if he were to beat Svedberg out for the backup job. Instead, it’s more likely that Smith will take Svedberg’s job on the Providence roster, sharing AHL goaltending duties with 2012 first-round pick Malcolm Subban.
The 25-year-old Smith was drafted by the Predators in the second round of the 2007 draft. He has never played an NHL game, as he has spent the first season of his professional career in the ECHL before playing the last four seasons in the AHL. The brunt of his AHL experience to this point has been with the Milwaukee Admirals, though he played for the Springfield Falcons last season as a member of the Columbus organization.
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