The Arizona Coyotes traded longtime starting goaltender Mike Smith to a Calgary Flames on Saturday for a redeeming 2018 third-round pick, defensive awaiting Brandon Hickey and a rights to unlimited giveaway representative goalie Chad Johnson.
As Calgary gets a starter it has been looking for, Arizona is now in a marketplace for a new No. 1 in net after completing this understanding before to a NHL’s trade solidify for a Vegas Golden Knights expansion draft. Smith had been with a Coyotes for a past 6 seasons and helped them strech a 2012 Western Conference final.
Thanking Smith for his contributions in Arizona, Coyotes ubiquitous manager John Chayka called a 35-year-old “the unqualified professional.” Last deteriorate he was 19-26-9 with a 2.92 goals-against normal and .914 save percentage.
In 11 seasons with a Coyotes, Dallas Stars and Tampa Bay Lightning, Smith has a 2.70 GAA and .913 save percentage. He has dual years remaining on his agreement during a salary-cap strike of $5.67 million US.
The Coyotes can strengthen Johnson in a enlargement draft, yet there is no certainty about either they’ll re-sign a 31-year-old or let him exam a marketplace Jul 3.
Hickey, 21, was a third-round collect of a Flames in 2014 and has played a past 3 seasons during Boston University.