On the second day of NHL Free Agency, the Bruins made another minor move, signing goaltender Jeremy Smith to a one-year, two-way contract.
The 25-year-old Smith spent this past season with the Springfield Falcons, the AHL affiliate of the Columbus Blue Jackets. He went 21-14-3 with a 2.78 goals against average and a .898 save percentage.
Prior to 2013-14, Smith played 128 games with the Milwaukee Admirals, AHL affiliate of the Nashville Predators, from 2009-13. He totaled a 66-46-7 record, including 31 wins in 2011-12.
He was drafted by the Predators in the second round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, taken with the 54th overall pick.
On June 23, the Bruins resigned goaltender Niklas Svedberg to a one-year, one-way contract, with the expectation being he would be ready to slide into the now-vacant backup spot in Boston behind Tuukka Rask.
In a conference call on Tuesday, GM Peter Chiarelli said that Svedberg still had to compete for the job and that they may bring in another goaltender to challenge him.
“Every goalie that we’ve brought in – at least the last two or three – has improved as a backup, and Niklas’ work ethic is terrific,” Chiarelli said. “He’s got some areas in his game he has to improve, but we had calls on him from other teams. He’s certainly going to challenge for a spot.”
If Svedberg does earn the backup job behind Rask, Smith is expected to compete with Malcolm Subban for time in Providence.