The Boston Bruins, parent club of the AHL’s Providence Bruins, have signed veteran forward Wyatt Smith to a one-year contract, general manager Peter Chiarelli announced today. A former Calder Cup champion, Smith will be entering his 12th professional campaign.
The 33-year-old Smith skated with the AHL’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins last season and ranked fourth on the team with 48 points (13-35-48) in 76 games played. He also added 70 penalty minutes.
After four years at the University of Minnesota, Smith broke in with the AHL’s Springfield Falcons in 1999-00 and has totaled 387 points (160-227-387) in 550 regular-season AHL games with Springfield, Milwaukee, Bridgeport, Houston, Lake Erie, Norfolk, San Antonio, and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
He was a member of Milwaukee’s 2004 Calder Cup championship squad.
Smith made his NHL debut in the 1999-00 season, appearing in two games for Phoenix, and has totaled 211 NHL appearances for the Coyotes, Nashville Predators, New York Islanders, Minnesota Wild and Colorado Avalanche.
The 5’11”, 205-pound native of Thief River Falls, Minn., was originally drafted by Phoenix in 1997.