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Mike Smith Wants To Play For A Contending Team

from Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic,

Smith is the team’s top unrestricted free agent, and he’ll be the most coveted goalie July 5 when the free-agent market opens for business. After only two seasons as a No. 1, Smith has made it clear he considers himself among the elite of the position and expects a salary to match.

And if the Coyotes let him reach free agency, it’s very likely another team will meet Smith’s monetary expectations. He’s enjoyed recent playoff success, has a likeable personality and is the star attraction in a shallow goalie market....

“I’m not gonna be selfish with this whole situation and demand this stupid contract that we’re not going to be able to build a team around,” Smith said. “I believe you don’t put all your eggs in one basket. There’s good players that make a lot of money, and I think I deserve a fair contract. By any means I’m not expecting to hit a home run.”

A hometown discount, it seems, is a possibility, but Smith needs other assurances before agreeing to stick with the Coyotes.

“The biggest part about me signing back here will be: Is the ownership group coming in, is this going to be a place that free agents are going to want to come and play and are they going to spend the money to make this a better team on an every-year basis?” Smith said. “I think that’s the most intriguing piece of the puzzle.”

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pautna's avatar

“Smith has made it clear he considers himself among the elite of the position and expects a salary to match.”

LOL! That’s a funny joke.

Posted by pautna on 06/01/13 at 11:47 AM ET

awould's avatar

Smith would be an idiot to stay in Phoenix. Too much uncertainty and whoever buys the team, and wherever they play, it will be very much a rebuilding period.

As for his elite status, playing for a crappy team, he’s been in the top few Save%. Also, has probably the most shutouts of any goalie in the past 2 years. This past season wasn’t as good, but neither was his team, especially the defense. But basically, he’s had 1.5 seasons as a starter. The first season he was one of the best in the league, even in the playoffs. The second season, more middle of the pack. Elite is a strong word, more like promising. But if I were him and his agent, I’d be calling that “elite” too and take whatever money someone will throw at him.

Posted by awould on 06/01/13 at 11:57 AM ET

SYF's avatar

Trade Jordan Pearce to the Yotes for a third round pick.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 06/01/13 at 12:43 PM ET

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