The Toronto Maple Leafs continued to add to their depth yesterday as they re-signed center Trevor Smith to a one-year deal worth $550,000.
Smith was quite effective as a bottom-six player with the Leafs last season. Named captain of the Toronto Marlies, Smith was supposed to spend most of his time with that team. However, when injuries occured early in the season for the Leafs, Smith was called up and he spent most of the season with the big club.
In 28 games with the Leafs last season, Smith tallied four goals and five assists for a total of nine points. He was much more productive in the AHL with 10 goals and 16 assists for 26 points in 24 games.
This season, Smith will probably begin with the Marlies with all the moves the Leafs have made to improve their bottom-six. Smith would be one of the first call-ups should an injury occur. This also gives the Marlies back their captain, so at least they have some consistency there.
In other news, the Leafs have signed Rinat Valiev to an entry-level contract. For those of you unfamiliar with the name, Valiev was the Leafs’ third-round pick in last month’s NHL Draft.
If you’re wondering why the Leafs would sign their third-round pick before their first-round pick, William Nylander, here’s the explanation. If Nylander doesn’t make the team, he could potentially go back to Sweden for the year. He would not be able to do that being signed to the Leafs.