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Lightning recall Smith, resign Thompson

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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.