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Tugnutt clears waivers, assigned to Utah; Stars recall Mike Smith

by Staff Writer / Dallas Stars

January 7, 2004

Dallas Stars General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today that goaltender Ron Tugnutt has cleared NHL waivers and was assigned to the Utah Grizzlies, the Stars primary development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL). The team also announced that they have recalled goaltender Mike Smith from Utah.

Tugnutt, 36, has appeared in five games with the Stars this season, posting a 1-3-0 mark with a 2.57 goals-against-average and an .889 save percentage. After being acquired by Dallas from Columbus on June 18, 2002, Tugnutt appeared in his first season with the Stars in 2002-03. In 31 appearances last season, he collected a 15-10-5 record with a 2.47 goals-against-average and a .896 save percentage. In 531 career NHL games, Tugnutt has notched a 184-235-62 record with a 3.06 goals-against-average and an .895 save percentage.

Smith, 21, will be looking to make his NHL debut with the Stars. In 18 games with Utah this season, he has registered a 7-9-0 record with a 2.86 goals-against-average and a .909 save percentage. The 6-3, 189-pound goaltender played his junior hockey with Kingston (1999-01) and Sudbury (2001-02) of the Ontario Hockey League.

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