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4.5 mil contract, Arizona is retaining salary. He's cheaper than any other goalie we could have signed, plus with our pipeline being stocked with prospects for goaltenders (Rittich, Parsons, Gillies), bringing in a young goalie would have only hindered us in the long run. Smith is under contract for 2 years, if Chad doesn't come back, Gillies or Rittich will be our backup. Smith provides good experience and can help mentor our goaltending prospects. His poor numbers come from playing behind a poor PHX team, I can personally recall multiple games this man has stolen from us, making 40+ saves and only allowing one goal. This is a good trade, don't get it twisted.
Ahhh, you guys make me laugh......Mike's gonna do great. What the heck is he supposed to do? He was playing for the 'yotes. Anybody who thinks he's done is just stupid as Hell.....Go watch soccer.....Baby steps.....
This is a terrible trade if you are a Coyotes fan which nobody really is lol. But Mike Smith is one of the top goalies in the league but had a terrible defense to support him, and the coyotes are too young. Getting rid of Smith is a dumb move on their part as I see them getting worse now and they were already bad last year. Chad Johnson is a free agent July 1, so hope Arizona signs him quick if they want a decent goalie. Mike Smith is so underrated because he was playing for the Coyotes. Calgary got the better trade for sure.
As an Coyotes fan (yes, I know...) this is great! He does make great saves, and kept us in the game many nights, but as someone who watches almost every AZ game, Calgary clearly doesnt know who Smith is. He's injury prone, he flops around looking for penalties, and plays the puck WAAAAY too much behind the net. He wants to be a forward and part of the rush lol. Have fun with all those turnovers coming your way Flames! Dont worry, only about half end up in the net!😂😂
This is awesome for Mike Smith. I can't imagine how good he will seem with a team in front of him, and I can't imagine how much better he will make the Flames.
RIP Coyotes. I actually like the team, but they got a LOT of work to do... This just makes it so much harder!
Cant wait to see Calgary sign Neil for "truculence"... Are we SURE this isn't Burke running the show? Lets see: Superstar level salary and term thrown at a kid who had 1 decent season, tossing away prospects and draft picks to get an over-the-hill goalie with mediocre numbers when they could have just kept what they had for about 3M/year less and gotten the same performance. Yeah, enjoy your mediocrity Calgary, you are in for a LONG haul of it
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They just went 1-2 punch with goaltending...have high-end pieces on both offense and defense, but need to add some value veterans and developed draft picks...they've been close the past couple years, but this goaltending duo could help them reach the next step.
Mike Smith is a crybaby. If I had a dollar for every tantrom he's thrown, stick he's hit against the crossbar, embellishment to get a call or boneheaded stick handling mistake I might have as much money as he has. Now he's 35 years old. I like the Flames but I feel bad for them.
He couldn't hold down a starter position on a horrible team lol. I hate the Flames but I honestly think Elliot Johnson though not perfect was certainly better than Smith. Let the Jankowski logic keep on keeping the flames going in the wrong direction.