Lightning ink former Calder Cup champion Wyatt Smith

The Tampa Bay Lightning, parent club of the AHL’s Norfolk Admirals, today announced that they have signed free agent center Wyatt Smith to a one-year, two-way contract.

The 5-11, 205-pound Smith skated in 40 games with the AHL’s Lake Erie Monsters during the 2007-08 season. He recorded 17 goals, 35 points, eight power play goals and two shorthanded goals. Smith ranked third on Lake Erie in goals, fourth in power play goals and fifth in points.

He also played in 25 NHL games with the Colorado Avalanche, recording three assists. He skated in one Staley Cup Playoff game with Colorado.

Smith, 31, has totaled 292 points (128-164-292) in 403 career AHL games for Lake Erie, Houston, Bridgeport, Milwaukee and Springfield. Smith has also played in 38 career Calder Cup Playoff games, recording nine goals and 23 points, and he won the Calder Cup title with Milwaukee in 2004.

The native of Thief River Falls, Minn., has played in 221 career NHL games with Colorado, Minnesota, N.Y. Islanders, Nashville, and Phoenix. He has scored 10 career goals and recorded 32 points with one power play goal and two shorthanded goals.