Bruins Sign Veteran Winger Craig Smith To Three-Year Deal With $3.1 Million AAV

Smith previously had spent his entire career with the Nashville Predators

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It always made too much sense.

Craig Smith was hitting the market after a nice run with the Nashville Predators, and the Boston Bruins needed cost-effective help in the middle six.

Saturday morning they made that a reality, with the Bruins signing Smith to a three-year deal that carries a manageable $3.1 million cap hit annually.

Smith was a third of a borderline elite Predators third line this past season, and he figures to fit into a similar role with Charlie Coyle in Boston.

The 31-year-old right winger had 18 goals with 31 assists in 69 games this past season. He recorded a career-high 25 goals in the 2017-18 campaign.

Smith also is a seasoned postseason performer, playing in 52 playoff games over his career, registering seven goals with 16 assists.

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