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Lightning signs goalie Smith to 2-year extension



Smitty The Lightning announced it has signed goaltender Mike Smith to a two-year contract extension that begins in 2009-10 and pays $2-million and $2.4-million. Smith, next season, will finish off a two-year contract and earn $950,000.

Here's more from the team's announcement:

“It goes without saying that Mike has a bright future in the Lightning organization,” vice president of hockey operations Brian Lawton said.  “It is important in our plan to have locked up Mike, along with Ollie, to solidify our goaltending situation this season and beyond.”

Smith, 6-foot-3, 211 pounds, appeared in 13 games with the Lightning last season and posted a 2.79 goals-against average, an .893 save percentage and one shutout. Prior to being acquired by Tampa Bay he posted a 12-9-0 record with a .906 save percentage and a 2.46 save percentage with Dallas.  He was named the NHL’s Third Star of the Week for the week of November 19-25 after posting a 3-0-0 record with a .963 save percentage and a 1.00 goals-against average.

The native of Kingston, Ontario was named to the 2006-07 NHL All-Rookie Team after posting a 12-5-2 record with a .912 save percentage and a 2.23 goals-against average.  He was the first goaltender in Dallas history to record a shutout in his first NHL game on October 21 at Phoenix.  He was twice named the NHL’s Third Star of the Week (2/12, 11/26).

The 26-year-old has played in 57 career NHL games with Dallas and Tampa Bay with a 27-24-0 record.  He has a career .905 save percentage, a 2.45 goals-against average and six shutouts.

Smith was acquired by the Lightning from Dallas with Jeff Halpern, Jussi Jokinen, and a fourth-round pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft in exchange for Brad Richards and Johan Holmqvist on February 26, 2008.  He was drafted by Dallas in the fifth-round, 161st overall, in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.

[Last modified: Sunday, August 16, 2009 4:38pm]


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