Smaby Assigned to Norfolk

According to Yahoo! Sports, the Lightning has assigned defenseman Matt Smaby to Norfolk of the American Hockey League.

Smaby, who made his NHL debut on October 4 against New Jersey, has recorded four penalty minutes in four games.

A Minnesota native and University of North Dakota product, Smaby spent a majority of last season at Springfield in the AHL, registering two tallies and 16 points in 66 contests. He was selected by the Lightning in the second round of the 2003 draft.

Damian Cristodero of the St. Pete Times speculates Smaby could return to Tampa after a three-game weekend with the Admirals and that this move looks to be unrelated to Dan Boyle returning.