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Report: Coyotes close to re-signing Mike Smith

Jun 30, 2013, 12:18 AM EDT

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It’s still not known if the Phoenix Coyotes will start the 2013-14 campaign with a new owner or, for that matter, play another game in Glendale, but their goaltending situation is getting much clearer.

Mike Smith is close to inking a six-year extension with the Phoenix Coyotes worth around $5.7 million annually, according to TSN’s Darren Dreger.

If he’s not re-signed, Smith will become an unrestricted free agent on July 5. The 31-year-old previously admitted that the uncertainty about the ownership situation was a consideration in these negotiations.

That being said, it helped matters when the Coyotes re-signed coach Dave Tippett, based on an Arizona Republic report.

Smith broke out in 2011-12 with a 2.21 GAA and .930 save percentage in 67 games. However, he was less consistent in 2013 and ended up with a 2.58 GAA and .910 save percentage in 34 starts.

If he’s off the market, then the best unrestricted free agent goaltenders could be Ray Emery, Evgeni Nabokov, and Ilya Bryzgalov.

  1. packerswin96 - Jun 30, 2013 at 12:31 AM

    That is a pretty darn good deal for the Seattle Coyotes, Smith is one of the best.

    • ppw1212 - Jun 30, 2013 at 8:31 AM

      Are you serious?? He’s always hurt and only had 1 good year…. This is a major mistake for a team with a ton of uncertainty

  2. atwatercrushesokoye - Jun 30, 2013 at 12:53 AM

    That’s a big contract for a 31 year old goalie who’s ever really had one exceptional season. He’s a good goalie but I’m not sure I would give him that contract, I would have signed someone cheaper and let the best goalie coach in the NHL work his magic with him.

    • ray2013 - Jun 30, 2013 at 2:47 AM

      That’s an elite goalie contract. If Mike Smith is worth $5.7 m, then what is Bob worth (CBJ)?

  3. chanceoffleury1 - Jun 30, 2013 at 1:20 AM

    This is bad news for Boston and Chicago. Smith got this contract after one good season and one good playoff run in 2012. He’s 31 years old and his most recent season was pretty mediocre. Crawford and Rask are younger and better. I guess Quick signed for $5.8, but if they do keep them around that then they almost have to give them 7 or 8 year deals. It’s a touch sitch.

  4. 13datsyuk13 - Jun 30, 2013 at 2:03 AM

    Atwater nailed it, they have the best goalie coach in the league.

  5. rushledger - Jun 30, 2013 at 2:47 AM

    He’s the right player to lead them between the pipes for this franchise. He’s been what Phoenix needs, extremely happy for smith and hope this thing with Glendale works out.

  6. rushledger - Jun 30, 2013 at 4:34 AM

    If bob stays on in CBJ 4-6 mil works pending on the length

  7. luz56 - Jun 30, 2013 at 7:08 AM

    Great signing for the Yotes… Now if only the COG would stop being an embarrassment and finalize the deal…. Welcome to the NHL Seattle …..

  8. LampyB - Jun 30, 2013 at 7:44 AM

    Smith is the definition of inconsistency, way too much money. Bad precedent. Lets in 4-5 goals two weeks in a row, then has 3 SO’s in a row, then he’s injured for two weeks. It’s an endless cycle.

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