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Mike Smith Comfortable In Phoenix Or Seattle

from Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic,

Negotiations with goalie Mike Smith were sluggish once the season ended because management couldn’t offer reassurances on where the team would play next season or who would be in charge.

It wasn’t until Seattle was positioned as the alternative home for the franchise that Smith had enough clarity to recommit by signing a six-year extension worth approximately $34 million.

“A month ago, we didn’t know where the team was going to be and I think it’s known now it’s going to be in Phoenix or Seattle,” Smith said. “Both me and my wife, my family, feel very comfortable with either of those situations.”

Smith had been keeping tabs on Renaissance Sports & Entertainment’s bid from Vancouver, where he’s spent most of his off-season, but regardless of that outcome, the 31-year-old is comfortable with his support system – from management to teammates.

“I really believe in where this franchise is going and hopefully it’s in Phoenix but if it’s not, I believe in the group and the core we have and I think that was the main selling point,” Smith said. “I think it’s a fair deal for both sides, and I believe we can build a winning team down the road here. Hopefully we have a core group of guys that we can build a winning team on an every-season basis, and hopefully we can start that next year.”

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RWBill's avatar

Isn’t there some council vote tonight?  maybe it’s in the main article, which I didn’t read.

funny, last summer because of their captain being UFA there was a lot of following of what was happening with the franchise in Glendale.  not hearing much this year, or maybe it’s just me not caring.

Posted by RWBill on 07/02/13 at 07:25 PM ET

Paul's avatar

Yep, Bettman and Daly attending the meeting too.  Starts at 10p ET.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 07/02/13 at 07:26 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Starts at 10p ET.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 07/02/13 at 07:26 PM ET

LMAO.  Supper deals.  Did not know that still happens nowadays.

Posted by SYF from A tall cool pint of Guinness on 07/02/13 at 07:28 PM ET

Primis's avatar

I think Mike Smith is just happy to be a starting NHL goaltender making starting NHL goaltender money.

Move the Coyotes to Cuyahoga Falls, and he’d merrily go on his way.

Posted by Primis on 07/03/13 at 12:28 AM ET

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