Coyotes Trade Mike Smith to Flames

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Coyotes Trade Mike Smith to Flames

Online reports suggested the Coyotes might retain some of Smith's salary in the exchange but that aspect has not been confirmed.

The Arizona Coyotes acquired Brandon Hickey, Chad Johnson and a conditional third-round draft pick from the Calgary Flames for Mike Smith. In his first season with the Flamed C on his jersey, however, Elliott did not fair well. From a fantasy perspective, Smith could get a sizable boost in value since he's moving from the 27th ranked team in shorthanded situations to one that sat 12th with a stave-off rate of 81.6 percent. It was a weird turnaround for Elliott that ultimately crashed as the season concluded and the postseason started.

"The 6'4", 215lbs. goaltender has played 474 career National Hockey League games posting a 2.70 GAA and a.913 save percentage. Backing up Elliott for the Flames last season was Johnson. It's a deal that supposed to finally deliver the Flames that elusive No. 1 netminder, but just sort of looks like management is crossing its fingers after previous failed attempts to solidify the most important position on the roster. Smith is considerably more expensive than Elliott.

Overall, Smith totalled a 128-132-41 record with a 2.69 GAA and a.916 save percentage in 312 games with the Coyotes over six seasons. While he could potentially improve with a new team, the Flames should till be tired of his career 2.70 goals against average and.913 save percentage as they absorb 75 percent of the $5.666 million per year contract that he'll be earning for the next two seasons.

In his first season with the Coyotes he played 67 regular season games and went on to post a.944 save percentage in the playoffs as the Coyotes reached the Western Conference final for the first time in franchise history. The Coyotes can protect Johnson in the upcoming draft.

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