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Ducks Ink Smaby to One-Year Deal

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks
The Ducks have signed defenseman Matt Smaby to a one-year contract. Per club policy, no financial terms of the deal were disclosed.

Smaby, 26 (10/14/84), appeared in 32 games for the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2010-11, going scoreless with a +2 rating and 17 penalty minutes (PIM). Selected by Tampa Bay in the second round (41st overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, Smaby has earned 0-6=6 points with 106 PIM in 122 career NHL games. He made his NHL debut with the Lightning on Oct. 4, 2007 vs. New Jersey and set career highs in points (0-4=4), assists and appearances (43) during his rookie season in 2008-09.

A native of Minneapolis, MN, Smaby has played four seasons in the American Hockey League (AHL) with Springfield (2006-07) and Norfolk (2007-10), recording 5-25=30 points with 148 PIM in 156 games. Prior to making his professional debut, Smaby captained the University of North Dakota (WCHA) to the NCAA Frozen Four in consecutive seasons in 2005 and 2006. He finished a three-year collegiate career with 6-23=29 points and 280 PIM in 128 WCHA games.
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