GLENDALE, ARIZONA -- Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have acquired center Wyatt Smith from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for future considerations. Smith will join the Coyotes’ American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage.
Smith, 31, has recorded 3-5-8 and 12 penalty minutes (PIM) in 18 games this season for the Norfolk Admirals of the AHL. In 2007-08, Smith split the season between the NHL and AHL, collecting three assists in 25 games for the Colorado Avalanche and recording 17-18-35 in 40 games with Lake Erie.
A native of Thief River Falls, Minn., Smith began his NHL career with Phoenix, recording 3-7-10 in 54 games for the Coyotes from 1999-2002. He has recorded 10-22-32 and 65 PIM in 211 career NHL games with Phoenix, Nashville, the New York Islanders, Minnesota and Colorado.
Smith has also appeared in 421 career AHL games, recording 131-169-300 and 422 PIM with Springfield, Milwaukee, Bridgeport, Houston, Lake Erie and Norfolk.
The 5-foot-11, 205-pound Smith was originally drafted by the Coyotes in the 9th round (233rd overall) of the 1997 Entry Draft.