Wyatt Smith joins Bruins

Updated: September 3, 2010, 12:19 PM ET
By James Murphy | ESPNBoston.com

The Boston Bruins on Friday announced they signed journeyman forward Wyatt Smith to a one-year deal.

Essentially, Smith will replace the injured Trent Whitfield on the Providence Bruins. A Bruins source confirmed the deal to ESPNBoston.com Thursday night.

The 33-year-old Smith is expected to be a depth forward, as Whitfield was late in the 2009-10 season, should the team become ravaged with injuries. Whitfield likely will miss the entire 2010-11 season after having surgery to repair a torn Achilles.

Smith finished last season as the captain of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, the AHL affiliate for the Pittsburgh Penguins. He had 48 points and 70 penalty minutes in 76 regular-season games with the Baby Pens and one goal in four playoff games.

Smith was drafted out of the University of Minnesota by the Phoenix Coyotes in the ninth round (233rd overall) of the 1997 NHL entry draft.

Since then, he has bounced up and down throughout the AHL, playing 211 NHL games for the Coyotes, Predators, Islanders, Wild and Avalanche. He had 10 goals and 22 assists with 65 penalty minutes during that span.

James Murphy covers the Bruins for ESPNBoston.com.

James Murphy

Bruins reporter, ESPNBoston.com