Jeremy Smith will not be jumping down to the ECHL or a league equivalent. He will be staying in the AHL for further seasoning.
However...he won't be doing it in the Bruins system.
The Bruins announced earlier this evening that Jeremy Smith would in fact be assigned to play for the Iowa Wild, the AHL affiliate of the Minnesota Wild. He boasts in AHL play an impressive line of a .933% SV% and 2.05 GAA from last year. Not bad for a backup.
But wait! You must be saying at your screen. How is this possible?
Allow Ian McLaren's tweeter feed to explain:
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">I'm assuming this is the part of CBA that allows Smith to play in Iowa. <a href="http://t.co/H65oMOnmpj">pic.twitter.com/H65oMOnmpj</a></p>— Ian McLaren (@iancmclaren) <a href="https://twitter.com/iancmclaren/status/651523949982035968">October 6, 2015</a></blockquote>
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Basically, the two teams sign an agreement (of what, we cannot say), is allowed to go and play in Iowa for however long, and can be brought up by the Bruins at any time that they want. He is still our product, and Iowa gets a sporting young prospect to deploy at their leisure.
The Iowa Wild play their first game against Charlotte on the 10th. Hopefully Smith will take his first start there.
...And hopefully he won't get too bored of the midwest.