TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have reassigned defenseman Matt Smaby to Norfolk of the American Hockey League, it was announced by Executive Vice President & General Manager Brian Lawton.
Smaby, a 6-foot-5, 220-pound native of Minneapolis, played in two games with the Lightning, averaging 10:02 in ice time. He has skated in 19 games with Norfolk this season, recording two goals, three assists and 26 penalty minutes. Selected in the second round, 41st overall, by the Lightning at the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, Smaby made his NHL debut with the Lightning in 2007-08, skating in 14 games.
The 24-year-old has appeared in 143 career AHL games with Norfolk and Springfield, tallying five goals, 23 assists and 135 penalty minutes. Smaby played three seasons for the University of North Dakota (2003-04 through 2005-06), captaining teams that reached the NCAA Frozen Four in consecutive seasons.