Lightning recall Smith, resign Thompson

PHILADELPHIA - NOVEMBER 18: Nate Thompson #44 of the Tampa Bay Lightning scores the game-winning goal at 5:19 of the third period against the Philadelphia Flyers and is joined in the celebration Sean Bergenheim #10 at the Wells Fargo Center on November 18 2010 in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. The Lightning defeated the Flyers 8-7. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

In a pair of moves (other than unveiling next year's logo and jersey design), the Tampa Bay Lightning have recalled goalie Mike Smith, and re-signed center Nate Thompson to a  two-year extension.

Smith had been sent to the Norfolk Admirals on a two-week conditioning stint before the NHL All-Star break (going 0-2-0 with a .900 save % and a 2.56 GAA with the Ads).  He rejoins Tampa and becomes a member of backup-by-committee.

Nate Thompson, AKA Textbook and Nate Boucher, being re-signed is an absolute plus.  It was just over a year ago that Nate was claimed off waivers from the New York Islanders.  Since then he's been a mainstay cog on the lower lines and has contributed on both ends of the ice.  Thompson would have been a restricted free agent after the season.  Getting him under contract now is an absolute plus.

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