The Jerred Smithson Experiment has come to a rather anti-climactic end.
According to Chris Johnston of Sportsnet, Smithson’s two-way deal means his demotion to the Toronto Marlies (assuming he clears waivers) won’t count against the cap.
The Leafs first brought Smithson in on a tryout contract with the Marlies but they were forced to sign him to an NHL deal when Dave Bolland and Tyler Bozak went down with injuries. With the Leafs bringing in Peter Holland in a trade with the Anaheim Ducks and Bozak returning, Smithson became the odd-man out.
Smithson played almost exclusively on the fourth line and penalty kill, averaging just over 10 minutes of ice time. He finished with zero points and only one shot on goal in 13 games with the Buds.
Nazem Kadri missed last night’s game because of a death in the family, but should be available to return tomorrow against the Dallas Stars. That means the Leafs now have five centres on their roster: Bozak, Kadri, Holland, Trevor Smith and Jay McClement.
The Leafs could use the extra flexibility as injury concerns pile up.
Bozak left last night’s game with an upper-body injury and had an MRI done this morning. Phil Kessel left practice early with an unspecified injury. It’s still unclear whether or not either player will be able to play tomorrow.
Joffrey Lupul also skated this morning, but left practice early as well, apparently still feeling quite a bit of discomfort in his groin. He’s still expected to be out at least another week.