Ducks Sign D Matt Smaby

Anaheim Ducks defenseman Matt Smaby

Matt Smaby, D (nhl.com)

The Anaheim Ducks announced that they have signed free agent defenseman Matt Smaby to a one-year, two-way contract.  In 32 games with the Tampa Bay Lightning last year, Smaby was scoreless with a +2 rating and 17 PIMs.

The deal is reportedly worth $600,000 in the NHL and $105,000 in the AHL.

Smaby, who has never played more than 43 games in a single season, has played in parts of four seasons with the Lightning.  In that span, he has recorded 0 goals, 6 assists, and 106 PIMs over 122 games.  He has also spent four years in the AHL, scoring 5-25=30 points and 148 PIMs in 156 games.

Standing at a towering 6’6″ and weighing 239 pounds, Smaby brings an intimidating presence to the Ducks’ blue line.  He will likely be fighting for a final spot in the Anaheim lineup.  If he cannot stick with the big club, he will provide veteran experience to the Syracuse roster.

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