Kukla's Korner

Kukla's Korner Hockey

Mike Smith Waiting To See What Shane Doan Does

from Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic,

Ownership uncertainty has kept Doan in free agency, but his status will be settled soon. He has decided to sign before a possible lockout, which would start next Saturday when the current collective bargaining agreement expires.

"If he leaves, it'll be a big blow to this franchise and this organization," goalie Mike Smith said. "I think it'll determine whether or not people sign back here or how we lure in free agents in the future. It'll definitely be interesting to figure all that out."

The lack of an owner has also affected Smith. The Coyotes planned to negotiate a contract extension for him this off-season, but talks were put on hold until ownership was resolved. That leaves Smith in the final year of a two-year deal worth $4 million.

Ownership, however, might not have been the only factor to halt negotiations as Smith is interested in Doan's future with the team.

"We were gonna kind of wait to see what Shane did, too," Smith said. "Obviously he's a huge piece of the puzzle in Phoenix."

more

Filed in: NHL Teams, Phoenix Coyotes, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: mike+smith

Comments

Be the first to comment.

Add a Comment

Please limit embedded image or media size to 575 pixels wide.

Add your own avatar by joining Kukla's Korner, or logging in and uploading one in your member control panel.

Captchas bug you? Join KK or log in and you won't have to bother.

Smileys

Notify me of follow-up comments?

Feed

Most Recent Blog Posts

About Kukla's Korner Hockey

Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

From breaking news to in-depth stories around the league, KK Hockey is updated with fresh stories all day long and will bring you the latest news as quickly as possible.

Email Paul anytime at pk@kuklaskorner.com

 

image

image

image