By Michael Russo
The Wild signed free-agent center Nathan Smith on Wednesday to a one-year, $550,000 contract. He’ll make $80,000 in the minors.
Smith, 27, a former Vancouver Canucks’ first-round pick, has played 17 NHL games over parts of four seasons with Vancouver and Pittsburgh. In 2007-08, he played for Wild coach Todd Richards in Wilkes-Barre, where he scored 50 points in 68 games.
Wild has also signed Ryan Lannon to an NHL deal. The ex-Harvard dman is also a former Baby Pen. Will likely be announced Thursday.