The Toronto Maple Leafs signed centre Jerred Smithson to a one-year deal yesterday afternoon. Smithson was playing with the Toronto Marlies on a pro tryout contract, and had one point in seven games this season.
The signing doesn’t make much sense to me, as the Leafs had to send Trevor Smith back down to the Marlies to make room for Smithson. Smith has eight points in four games with the Marlies this season. He’s pretty clearly a better player than the 34-year-old Smithson, who couldn’t even earn an NHL tryout during training camp.
Smithson brings about 10 years of NHL experience and a pretty good track record in the faceoff dot to the Leafs, but don’t expect him to make much of an impact playing four minutes a night on the fourth line.
One point in seven games in the AHL? Who cares?? The guy’s got intangibles! From James Mirtle of The Globe and Mail.
What happens if the JvR experiment doesn’t work out? Do they call Smith back up to be the second-line centre? From Bower Power of Pension Plan Puppets.
“Obviously if I’m playing in a shutdown role, I’m obviously not going to [score]. It’s common sense, right?” Is that you, Mikhail Grabovski? From Michael Traikos of the National Post.
Hopefully he can find the back of the net against his former team on Friday. From Mike Brophy of CBC Sports.
I’m pretty glad he’s not the Leafs’ problem anymore. From David Quackenbos of Broad Street Buzz.