Jeremy Smith couldn’t get off the ice last year. And on Tuesday the Nashville Predators made sure the 23-year-old goalie stays put for at least one more year.
The Predators signed Smith, a restricted free agent, one-year, two-way contract worth $660,000 at the NHL level and $65,000 at the American Hockey League level. He’ll most likely serve as the third option behind top netminder Pekka Rinne, who the Predators have on contract for the next seven years, and backup Chris Mason, who was signed to a one-year deal two weeks ago.
Last year with the Milwaukee Admirals, Smith led the AHL in minutes (3283:59), ranked second in wins (31) and shutouts (5) and fourth in goals-against average (2.17). He was called up three times by the Predators last year and backed up Rinne on Jan. 7 against Carolina.
Smith, a Dearborn, Mich., native taken in the second round of the 2007 draft, played four years in the Ontario Hockey League with Plymouth and Niagara. In 2007, he was named USA Hockey’s Dave Peterson Goalie of the Year after helping Plymouth win the OHL title and reach the Memorial Cup.