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Coyotes Sign Goaltender Mike Smith to a Multi-Year Contract

by Staff Writer / Arizona Coyotes

Friday, July 1, 2011

GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today the Coyotes have signed unrestricted free agent goaltender Mike Smith to a multi-year contract. As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“We are very pleased to sign Mike to a multi-year contract,” said Maloney. “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.”

In six NHL seasons with the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Dallas Stars, the 6-foot-4, 215 pound Smith has played in 162 NHL games, posting a 67-66-19 record with a 2.71 goals against average (GAA) and a .906 save percentage.

Mike Smith. Photo by Getty Images.
• Click here to listen to Smith field questions during a conference call with the media on Friday.

Last season, Smith appeared in 22 games with the Tampa Bay Lightning posting a 13-6-1 record with one shutout, a 2.90 GAA and a .899 save percentage. In three playoff games with the Lightning, he posted a 1-1 record with a 1.00 GAA and a .958 save percentage.

In 2009-10, the 29-year-old native of Kingston, Ontario played in a career-high 42 games for Tampa Bay recording 13 wins. Smith was named the NHL’s Second Star of the Week on Jan. 4 after going 2-0-1 with a 1.31 GAA and a .957 save percentage.

Smith played in 41 games with Tampa Bay in 2008-09, posting a 14-18-9 record, a .916 save percentage and a 2.62 GAA with 2 shutouts. He missed the final 32 games of the season with a concussion. Smith set career highs with 14 wins, 1,282 shots against, 1,174 saves, 2,471:21 minutes played and a .916 save percentage. He also made a career-high 42 saves on two occasions, Oct. 25 vs. San Jose and Oct. 11 vs. Carolina.

Smith was originally drafted by the Dallas Stars in the fifth-round (161st overall) in the 2001 Entry Draft. He played two seasons with the Stars (2006-2008) before being acquired by Tampa Bay with Jussi Jokinen, Jeff Halpern and a fourth-round pick in 2009 in exchange for Brad Richards and Johan Holmqvist on Feb. 26, 2008.

• Click here to listen to Coyotes Goaltending Coach Sean Burke answer questions about Smith.
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