Coyotes trade goalie Mike Smith to Flames

  • Coyotes trade goalie Mike Smith to Flames

Coyotes trade goalie Mike Smith to Flames

Organizationally, the hope is that Smith cannot only help the Flames get to the playoffs, but that they can then do some damage once they're there.

The Coyotes have agreed to shoulder 25 percent of Smith's total cost - which is $3 million more than Elliott worked for previous year - dropping his cap hit to a manageable $4.25 million, but that's still more than Calgary's tandem from a season ago.

In 11 seasons with the Coyotes, Dallas Stars and Tampa Bay Lightning, Smith has a 2.70 GAA and.913 save percentage. Smith started 32 of those contests and went 15-19, tallying a save percentage of 90.1 percent and a goals against average of 2.59. But when you factor in the assets lost in last year's failed investment in Elliott, the Flames have sunk a total of three high draft picks into their pursuit of a capable goaltender, and, while seeming to lack any semblance of organization, are now turning to one who's more expensive, has been unable to attain a league-average standard, and battled the injury bug.

"Having somebody that's been a No. 1 and had to deal with all the things that No. 1 guys have to deal with, has had the workload, those were the things that were important to us", Flames GM Brad Treliving said.

National Hockey League franchises were subject to a trade freeze, in place as of 1:00 p.m. MT Saturday, as teams prepare for Wednesday's Las Vegas Golden Knights expansion draft.

Hickey should ultimately have a huge impact on who wins this trade besides Smith, and Arizona will make sure they choose carefully on their pick after trading their longtime goalie away. "When some of our players are reaching their prime years, then he's probably on the wrong side of his career".

Assuming trade call gets done, ARI to retain 25 per cent of Smith's salary.

The Coyotes can protect Johnson in the expansion draft, though there is no certainty about whether they'll re-sign the 31-year-old or let him test the market July 3. Chayka said he'll consider a variety of options to get a goaltender. Considering they only gave one prospect away, the Flames came out well in this trade.

The 35-year-old Smith was originally selected by the Dallas Stars in the fifth round (161st pick overall) of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.

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