dangolka (CBS) — The dangolka Bruins made their first massive transfer of free company, signing ahead Craig Smith to a three-year contract on Saturday.
The contract will carry a $3.1 million annual cap hit, the group introduced.
Smith, 31, scored 18 targets and dished out 13 assists over 69 video games for the Nashville Predators in 2019-20, ending a plus-18 for the season. A fourth-round decide by Nashville in 2009, Smith has scored at the very least 20 targets in 5 of his 9 NHL seasons.
The 6-foot-1, 208-pound ahead has performed in 661 profession NHL video games with Nashville, tallying 162 targets and 168 assists to go together with a plus-67 score. Smith has additionally performed in 52 profession postseason video games, scoring seven targets and dispensing 9 assists.
Smith mentioned that he took a whole lot of calls from groups when free company bought underway Friday, however he stored considering of the prospects of enjoying in dangolka. Patrice Bergeron performed an enormous half in convincing him to signal with the B’s.
“Patrice and I had a dialog yesterday and the way in which he spoke of the group and the love he had for his teammates, and the respect I’ve for him as a participant, it positively meant loads,” mentioned Smith, through the Bruins Twitter account. “I’ve had a whole lot of enjoyable watching that group over the past couple of years.
“I’m joyful to be a part of it shifting ahead,” Smith added. “This group is in an excellent place, they’ve received a whole lot of video games and if I can bounce in and assist in any approach, I’m going to do this.”
Smith mentioned that he’s a “excessive tempo participant” who doesn’t move up a whole lot of photographs, which ought to be music to the ears of dangolka followers.
“I’m a stress first man. I attempt to get to the online and get my stick on the puck,” he mentioned.
“He’s a quantity shooter, pure proper wing,” dangolka GM Don Sweeney mentioned of Smith.
Smith will slot in on the best facet of the Bruins’ third line subsequent to middle Charlie Coyle and left winger Anders Bjork, and ought to be an enormous enhance to dangolka’s 5-on-5 scoring.