Leafs Sign Jerred Smithson

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Photo: Marlies.ca

From a PTO with the Marlies to a one-year contract with the Maple Leafs, the Leafs have signed 34-year-old Jerred Smithson for the remainder of the season in hopes of wallpapering over the drywall hole at center ice with Bolland and Bozak out.

With only Jay McClement above 45% in the faceoff circle among available centers, the Leafs have seemingly opted for JvR, Kadri, McClement and Smithson down the middle (for the time being). Trevor Smith has been sent down to the Marlies. Smith played about 5 minutes a night for Carlyle, was below 43% in the circle, and the Marlies captain was one game away from becoming waiver eligible. If Smithson proves he can be a responsible defensive player with an ability to win faceoffs, he could earn more trust and ice time. He may also become a penalty killing option with Bolland out; Smithson averaged 1:57 per game on the PK for Florida last season.

Are the Leafs any better off? I don’t know, but Smithson is one more option for Carlyle as the Leafs try to survive the difficult situation at center ice.  It costs them no assets so it seems worth finding out if he can help.

Smithson is best known for his faceoff prowess, where he ranked 13th in the NHL (55.4%) last season. He has finished as high as sixth overall in the category (57.4% in 2010-11). The BC native was signed to a PTO by the Marlies on October 16,  posting one goal over seven games since.

Once a favourite of Barry Trotz’s, Smithson has apparently lost a step with age and isn’t the best of skaters, nor does he own anything in the way of offensive skills. Smithson went undrafted, was signed by LA in 2000, and made his career out of being a responsible defensive player in Nashville. He does have size at 6’3, finishes hits (86 hits in 35 games last season), and is capable of playing all three forward positions. Down the road, if he doesn’t look out of place, the Leafs would have the option of keeping him around on the wing and using him for faceoffs.

Leafs see Smithson as smart, physical player who can fit on 4th line, kill penalties. Earned a fan in Steve Spott with Marlies.

— Jonas Siegel (@jonasTSN1050) November 6, 2013

Said Trotz of Smithson:

“Jerred brought a lot to the locker room,” head coach Barry Trotz said. “If you look at stats, they are really for losers. He brings a lot of intangibles to a room – character guy, real pro, worked at his game. … He’s one of my favorites. He’s one of those guys that you love having around. Our team has evolved and therefore his role is being a little bit diminished, and more guys are taking on that role.

Smithson, 34, instantly becomes the oldest member on the Leafs, but based on appearances alone he is no greybeard (can he even grow a beard?):

  • Zep2

    Coldincowtown Zep2 I saw him play as a 17 and 18 year old in Q .  he dominated
    His rookie season speaks for itself
    He is currently in a bad situation as are a lot of Flyers. 
    For context, he has the same goal totals as Giroux

  • mike_84

    Philly has lots of needs thats for sure. They could use a goalie even though Mason is not doing too bad. Were both close to the cap so money would have to be pretty equal. An easy way to start the convo would be with Reims.

  • Cameron19

    mike_84 We can’t afford to trade a goalie.

  • sniperstar

    mike_84 Please no…

  • Leafbites

    Alec Brownscombe Perfect retort to that twit, btw Alec.

  • Optimustic

    Tim Horton Optimustic He was young when he was in TO, but I thought he had potential to be a good shut down D.   Like Fraser, only with a longer reach.

  • rustynail

    Cameron19 mike_84 definitely not the time for that and Mason is not their problem this season.

  • mike_84

    Cameron19 mike_84 I would think one would come back from philly. Either Mason or Emery. I would prefer Mason personally.

  • Coldincowtown

    Zep2 Coldincowtown Man, I would love to see Leafs fleece Holmgren again and get him in our lineup.

  • sniperstar

    Black_Hawk Cameron19 Tim Horton Nothing Frazer and Colton can’t fix. Just give him the death glare and the kid will calm down.

  • Coldincowtown

    mike_84 I think Philly is much more focused on other area’s versus goalie, although it is an ongoing issue for them. My guess is they want mobile D. Mason has been decent for them.

  • mike_84

    rustynail Cameron19 mike_84 How about Gards then? I really like Gards but him for Couturier kinda makes sense. WE get the C we need they get someone to start some offense from the back end.

  • rustynail

    https://twitter.com/adaterhttps://twitter.com/adater/status/398287565041594368
    Varly having all kinds of problems keeping feet in net, leads to Preds PP goal. 2-1. Varly not sharp at all

  • Coldincowtown

    mike_84 rustynail Cameron19 I personally don’t think I could pull the trigger on that trade, but I do agree it might be one both sides like.

  • Cameron19

    mike_84 Cameron19 I think the more pressing concern for them is rebuilding their D.

  • mike_84

    So we do the JVR-Schenn 2.0 trade. 
    Couturier for Gards
    Both seem to find themselves in the dog house but both show flashes of brilliance

  • Cameron19

    mike_84 I think we lose that one.  I don’t think Couturier is worth Gards. Not by quite a stretch.

  • loomx

    LOL anybody just see that in Chicago?! Bollig puts Pardy through the glass, fan grabs Pardy’s helmet off his head and wears it!

  • rustynail

    mike_84 how do you figure Gards is in the dog house

  • rustynail

    Cameron19 mike_84 neither do I

  • mike_84

    rustynail mike_84 i meant to put in and out of the dog house.

  • wiski

    loomx Can’t wait for the giff

  • gilmourhalloffame

    loomx funniest thing I’ve seen since Steve Sullivan and that fan exchanging crybaby faces

  • Coldincowtown

    Cameron19 mike_84 that was my first reaction as well, but so tough to call with two very young, very skilled players. I think i would feel the same way I did when I heard Schenn for JVR trade, It could potentially be great for Leafs.

  • rustynail

    https://twitter.com/camcharronhttps://twitter.com/camcharron/status/398289329753452544
    Pardy on in Chicago http://t.co/vgk00F3NHK

  • Black_Hawk

    mike_84 rather do Gards For ROR

  • wiski

    https://twitter.com/aaronward_nhlhttps://twitter.com/aaronward_nhl/status/398288938642595840
    Chicago fans most responsible in the NHL. Safety first! https://twitter.com/search?q=%23PardyHelmet&src=hash https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Jets&src=hash https://twitter.com/search?q=%23TSN&src=hash http://t.co/0mfk28I1nH

  • Dangle_My_Berries

    wiski this is a classic in the making

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ DeclanK

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7Jy312JCUQ

  • Black_Hawk

    rustynail LOL haha wtf

  • lukethenuke

    Whats better for keeper in fantasy?
    E. Staal, Gallagher, Nabakov
    OR
    Lehner, Hodgson, Ladd

  • wiski

    Dangle_My_Berries wiski Gonna see this 100 times in the next few days. lol

  • Cameron19

    Coldincowtown Cameron19 mike_84 Yea, admittedly, I didn’t like the Schenn for JVR trade, but that was because I felt Schenn would have been better used as part of a package to get a center.  I feel the same way about Gardiner, but it’s very clear that Gardiner is FAR more suited to the modern game than Schenn was

  • Tim Horton

    I doubt that anyone here cares but a Brazilian prostitute just posted a video of her taping Justice Beaver sleeping, and blowing him a kiss in a hotel room.  What a role model! http://www.worldstarhiphop.com/videos/video.php?v=wshhjt4ahVQ5h7Ok707d

  • Black_Hawk

    lukethenuke Lehner>Nabakov
    Staal>Hodgson
    Ladd>Gallagher 
    so basically idk lol

  • Pent_House

    Well Rob Ford story just made CNN. I was watching Anderson Cooper 360 and they had a whole segment on it lol

  • Dangle_My_Berries

    Tim Horton hilarious

  • Black_Hawk

    Tim Horton lol fuck that kid

  • wiski

    https://twitter.com/BeLEAFingWithJBhttps://twitter.com/BeLEAFingWithJB/status/398270965877964801
    Here’s a SICK edit I made of our https://twitter.com/MapleLeafs https://twitter.com/search?q=%23NikolaiKulemin&src=hash one of my BEST edits yet https://twitter.com/search?q=%23TMLtalk&src=hash http://t.co/nArHOcusvr

  • Cameron19

    mike_84 rustynail When did that happen with Gardiner?

  • Black_Hawk

    Pent_House mainstream media attention for TOR other then for hockey eh

  • rustynail

    wiski Dangle_My_Berries and the female pours beer on him

  • Pent_House

    DeclanK Lmaooooo this is done on the Jay-Z song “Tom Ford” hahah

  • Dangle_My_Berries

    wiski am I on LSD just now?

  • Pent_House

    Tim Horton Should have paid her more, then she wouldn’t have taped his ass. Mistake two, is falling asleep around her.

  • Pent_House

    wiski Good slavic boy

  • Waiting4LSC

    O: have same feelings about Aulie.

  • lukethenuke

    Whats better for keeper in fantasy?
    E. Staal, Gallagher, Nabakov
    OR
    Lehner, Hodgson, Ladd

  • Coldincowtown

    Cameron19 Coldincowtown mike_84 no doubt, speed to burn and learning the defensive side more each game. At some point I think we will be dealing someone from our D to grab a high ceiling centre, although I think I have now been expecting that for more than a few years, so who knows! Wouldn’t surprise me to see Gards get dealt, particularly with our other mobile D in system. A guy with Couturier’s pedigree would be my expected return, but like I said in another post, I am not sure I would be able to pull the trigger on that particular trade even though I think SC has serious upside, particularly with leaf wingers.

  • lukethenuke

    Black_Hawk lukethenuke thanks, i wanna see more of a consensus :)