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Lightning claim Gemel Smith off waivers, assign him to Crunch

The Tampa Bay Lightning claimed forward Gemel Smith off waivers from the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday and assigned him to the Syracuse Crunch.

The 27-year-old is familiar with Syracuse as he appeared in 53 games with the Crunch over the 2019-20 and 2020-21 seasons. Over those 53 games, he recorded 46 points (25+22).

Smith has also skated in eight games with Tampa Bay, tallying four assists.

Syracuse hosts Rochester on Saturday night. Face-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.