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Top Gemel Smith News

  • Lightning's Gemel Smith: Clears waivers and heads to Crunch

    Smith cleared waivers Tuesday and has been assigned to the AHL Syracuse Crunch, reports NHL.com.

    The 28-year-old journeyman forward has played 91 NHL games between the Stars, Bruins, Bolts and Wings, scoring 12 goals and adding 13 assists. Smith may serve as a short-term injury fill-in with the Bolts this season, but he is unlikely to see a significant amount of NHL time.

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  • Lightning's Gemel Smith: Goes on waivers

    Tampa Bay placed Smith on waivers Monday, per CapFriendly.

    Smith played in three games for Detroit last season. He also had eight points in 13 matches with Syracuse of the AHL.

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  • Lightning's Gemel Smith: Claimed by Tampa Bay

    Smith was claimed by the Lightning from the Red Wings off waivers Saturday, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.

    Smith will be returning to a familiar place, as he started the season with Tampa Bay and also spent the 2019-20 and 2020-21 seasons with the Lightning, picking up one goal and four points through eight top-level appearances. He'll likely be deployed sparingly as a rotational, bottom-six option by a stacked Tampa Bay team down the stretch.

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  • Lightning's Gemel Smith: Drops to AHL

    Smith was assigned to AHL Syracuse on Saturday, per CapFriendly.

    Since the Lightning reclaimed Smith back from the Red Wings, and no other teams claimed the 27-year-old, he's able to be assigned directly to the AHL. The Ontario native will likely be near the top of the list of call-ups should the Lightning need another forward. He's produced one assist in three NHL games this season.

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  • Red Wings' Gemel Smith: Hits waivers

    Smith was placed on waivers by Detroit on Friday, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.

    Smith played Thursday against the Rangers, going pointless in 5:24 of ice time. The 27-year-old hasn't been an NHL regular since suiting up in 46 games for Dallas in 2017-18, so he's not likely to make much of a fantasy impact going forward.

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  • Red Wings' Gemel Smith: Assist and fight in team debut

    Smith registered an assist and a fighting major in Wednesday's 5-3 loss to the Kings.

    Smith made his biggest impact in the third period. He dropped the mitts with Kings enforcer Brendan Lemieux, and then Smith had an assist on a Joe Veleno goal in the final minute. This was the 27-year-old Smith's first game as a Red Wing after he spent the first three months of the season rehabbing a lower-body injury as a member of the Lightning. He'll compete for a bottom-six role going forward, though Smith is more likely to add grit than offense.

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  • Red Wings' Gemel Smith: Summoned by big club

    Smith was recalled by the Red Wings on Friday.

    Smith was sent to AHL Grand Rapids on Saturday on a conditioning stint, as he missed the first three months of the season while recovering from a lower-body injury, but now that he's healthy, he should take on a rotational, bottom-six role with the Red Wings. The 27-year-old forward picked up three assists in five games with the Lightning last year.

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  • Red Wings' Gemel Smith: Assigned to AHL affiliate

    Smith was assigned to AHL Grand Rapids Saturday.

    Smith was assigned to AHL Grand Rapids on a conditioning stint. Detroit is currently hamstrung four forwards so Smith could prove to be a healthy scratch if he finds himself elevated to the active roster. The 27-year-old averaged 9:41 of ice time and distributed three assists over four games with Tampa Bay in February.

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  • Red Wings' Gemel Smith: Claimed by Detroit

    The Red Wings claimed Smith off waivers from Tampa Bay on Wednesday, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.

    The forward has tallied three assists in five NHL games this season. It's unclear whether Detroit plans to keep Smith in the minors for now or elevate him to the active roster.

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  • Lightning's Gemel Smith: Lands on waivers

    Smith (lower body) was waived Tuesday, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.

    Smith has yet to play this season due to a lower-body injury, but this move suggests he's now healthy enough to play, at least for Tampa Bay's minor-league affiliate. Assuming Smith passes through waivers unclaimed, he'll likely remain with AHL Syracuse for a while before presumably being recalled and making his season debut for the Lightning. He picked up three helpers thorugh five appearances with Tampa Bay last year.

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  • Lightning's Gemel Smith: Return coming next month

    Smith (lower body) is progressing in his recovery and is expected to return around the middle of December, Bryan Burns of the Lightning's official site reports.

    Smith suffered the injury during training camp and has been out since. It sounds like he's working toward making his season debut in a matter of weeks, though his return likely won't make many fantasy ripples considering he's produced seven total points since the start of 2018-19.

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  • Lightning's Gemel Smith: Out indefinitely

    Smith (lower body) is considered out indefinitely, Bryan Burns of the Lightning's official site reports.

    Smith suffered a lower-body injury during an intrasquad scrimmage early on in training camp. The Lightning have yet to release a specific timetable for the 27-year-old forward's recovery, but he'll need to return to practice with his teammates before making his season debut, so check back for an update on his status once that occurs.

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  • Lightning's Gemel Smith: Expected to miss time

    Smith (undisclosed) is expected to miss some time to begin the regular season, Erik Erlendsson of LightningInsider.com reports.

    Head coach Jon Cooper didn't provide an official timeline for Smith, but it sounds like he'll at least miss some regular season action. The Lightning open their campaign Tuesday against the Penguins. It's unclear when Smith will be able to get back in the lineup, but he's unlikely to play more than a bottom-six role once he's healthy, so most fantasy managers won't need to keep tabs on his progress.

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  • Lightning's Gemel Smith: Misses practice Wednesday

    Smith was held out of Wednesday's practice session due to an undisclosed injury, Erik Erlendsson of LightningInsider.com reports.

    Smith has played in just eight games for the Lightning over the past two seasons, so the 27-year-old center can't really afford to miss any training camp time if he is going to earn a spot on the 23-man roster. Even if he does manage to crack the lineup for Opening Night, the Toronto native figures to take on a bottom-six role and could struggle to earn more than 10 minutes of ice time per night.

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  • Lightning's Gemel Smith: Lands two-year extension

    Smith signed a two-year, two-way contract extension with the Lightning on Thursday, CapFriendly reports.

    Smith only drew into the Lightning's lineup five times last season, picking up three helpers while averaging 10:03 of ice time per contest. The 27-year-old forward will likely continue to be deployed sparingly as an injury-replacement option for Tampa Bay over the next two campaigns.

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  • Lightning's Gemel Smith: Up to active roster

    Smith is on the active roster Tuesday, per CapFriendly.

    Smith will be on the Lightning's playoff roster, although he shouldn't be expected to see much playing time. With both Steven Stamkos (lower body) and Nikita Kucherov (hip) expected to play in the postseason, Smith will likely act as forward depth.

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  • Lightning's Gemel Smith: Not playing after all

    Smith is not listed on the roster report and won't play Saturday versus the Predators.

    Smith's absence from the roster report indicates he remains on the taxi squad, contrary to a previous report. The Lightning will play with only 17 skaters (11 forwards, six defensemen) versus the Predators due to cap constraints.

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  • Lightning's Gemel Smith: In lineup Saturday

    Smith will be recalled from the taxi squad for Saturday's tilt with Nashville, Bryan Burns of the Lightning's official site reports.

    With Steven Stamkos (lower body) out for Saturday's game, Smith will make his first NHL appearance since Feb. 25. The 27-year-old has three assists in four NHL games this season.

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  • Lightning's Gemel Smith: Rises to taxi squad

    Smith was promoted from AHL Syracuse to Tampa Bay's taxi squad Friday.

    Smith has cracked the Lightning's lineup four times this season, picking up three helpers over that span. At this point it isn't clear if he'll be in the lineup for Saturday's game versus the Hurricanes.

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  • Lightning's Gemel Smith: Shuffles to AHL

    Smith was assigned to AHL Syracuse on Monday.

    Smith spent the first two months of the year bouncing between the taxi squad and the active roster. The 26-year-old suited up in four NHL games this season and produced three assists and nine PIM. Smith will be a more consistent contributor in the AHL.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 5-10, 203 lbs
Birthplace: Toronto, ON
Age: 28
Experience: 6
Shoots: Left