The Phoenix Coyotes are reportedly closing in on signing goalie Mike Smith to a six-year contract extension, according to TSN and NHL Network insider Darren Dreger. The contract is pending approval from the NHL, which maintains ownership of the Coyotes.
Smith, who would have become an unrestricted free agent July 5, reportedly will make approximately $5.67 million per season under his new deal.
Smith went 15-12-5 with a 2.58 goals-against average, .910 save percentage and five shutouts in 2012-13. He was 38-18-10 with a 2.21 GAA, .930 save percentage and eight shutouts in 2011-12, when he helped the Coyotes reach the Western Conference Final.
Life's about opportunity and how you respond to that opportunity, and obviously he must have some swagger about him, some confidence about him, because he was solid. He made some good saves. He was 6-foot-3 on every shot, which is a good thing for a goalie. He played well. We got a win.
— Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock on rookie goaltender Garret Sparks, who made 24 saves in his first NHL start, a 3-0 win vs. Oilers
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