Pittsburgh Acquires Reilly Smith From Vegas For 2024 Third-Round Pick

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The Pittsburgh Penguins acquired left-wing Reilly Smith from the Vegas Golden Knights in exchange for a 2024 third-round pick on Wednesday. The 30-year-old has two seasons left on a contract that counts $5 million against the NHL salary cap.

Smith’s 26 goals during the 2022-23 regular season were just three behind the Vegas lead. He also earned 56 points and ranked fifth among his team’s forwards with an average of 2:01 power-play time-on-ice per game in addition to third with an average of 1:18 while shorthanded.

Smith has tallied at least 25 goals in a season three times during his 11-season NHL career and 50 points six.

During 22 postseason games in Vegas’ run to their first Stanley Cup in franchise history, Smith recorded four goals and 14 points in 22 games.

In 764 career regular-season games with Vegas, the Florida Panthers, Boston Bruins, and Dallas Stars, Smith, who was traded to Vegas by Florida during the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft, has collected 200 goals and 473 points.

Pittsburgh makes the acquisition of Smith, who could very well play on their second line with center Evgeni Malkin and gives the team a much needed top-six forward, after missing the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2006 this past Spring despite Crosby (93 points) and center Evgeni Malkin (83) not slowing down. They ranked 16th in goals-per-game (3.18), 14th in power-play efficiency (21.7%), and 16th in penalty killing (79.1%), all areas where Smith could help.

Pittsburgh currently has $15,208,158 remaining in NHL salary cap space with 16 players signed for the 2023-24 season. Vegas has $3,462,516 with 20 after re-signing left-wing Ivan Barbashev to a five-year contract that counts $5 million against the cap on Wednesday.

The pick Vegas received was the one that they sent to Pittsburgh to acquire center Teddy Blueger on March 1.

By Harrison Brown

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5 Responses to Pittsburgh Acquires Reilly Smith From Vegas For 2024 Third-Round Pick

  1. Prevent Defense says:

    NJD GM Tom Fitzgerald explains to the assembled media why he just won the Sign Timo Meier sweepstakes. Says Tom:

    “You know what, I bet on New Jersey. I bet on what we have to offer players. I bet on our facility … I bet on the suburbs and Jersey City and Hoboken …. We’re showing people around the League that we are now a destination for players … I hedged a bet on what we can offer players, and we won.”

    Let’s see: Downtown Newark, Jersey City and Hoboken. I definitely have the wrong brand of Cannabis and Hash growing in my backyard. I need to get with Tom Fitzgerald. The stuff he is smoking is totally superior!

  2. hockeydruid says:

    This is a player that the Caps should have gotten.

  3. Prevent Defense says:

    Michkov still on the board after Six picks
    Flyers next, then Caps [0758 hrs EDT]

  4. Prevent Defense says:

    And it’s Ryan Leonard to the Caps with Pick Number Eight!

    GM Mac tells the interviewer that it was “Leonard all along.” Bluff? Truth? Blarney?

    Anyway, I’ll take him. Great pedigree and wonderfully cocky. He’ll make a fine Hershey Bear and then a Cap

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