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Coyotes add Smith, Torres; re-sign Vrbata

Friday, 07.01.2011 / 2:49 PM / NHL Free Agency 2011

By Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

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Coyotes add Smith, Torres; re-sign Vrbata
The Coyotes have made several moves to prepare for 2011-12, signing Mike Smith and Raffi Torres and re-signing Radim Vrbata.
The Phoenix Coyotes appear to have found their new starting goaltender in Mike Smith

Smith, who went 13-6-1 in 22 games with the Tampa Bay Lightning last season, signed what is being reported by TSN as a two-year, $4 million contract.

"We are very pleased to sign Mike to a multi-year contract," Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney told the team's website. "Mike is a big, talented goaltender who we feel will excel in our system. We are excited to have him join us in the desert."

Smith will replace Ilya Bryzgalov, whose negotiating rights were traded to the Philadelphia Flyers last month; he subsequently signed a nine-year deal with the Flyers.

The Coyotes also re-signed forward Radim Vrbata and added forward Raffi Torres from the Vancouver Canucks.

TSN is reporting Vrbata signed a three-year, $9 million contract. He was tied for second on the team with 19 goals last season and was fourth with 48 points.

Torres had 29 points in 80 games for the Canucks, and was second on the team with 134 hits. He had 7 points in 23 playoff games to help Vancouver reach the Stanley Cup Final. TSN reports his contract at $3.5 million for two years.

"We are very pleased to sign Raffi to a multi-year contract," said Maloney. "Raffi is a big, strong winger who is an excellent skater. He is a tough player to play against and will add grit and skill to our lineup."

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