Still, Smith was playing in behind a Coyotes team that was leaving him responsible for backstopping the team to just about any win they may have gotten last season.
Smith has been up and down since then then, struggling with injuries and inconsistencies at times as the Coyotes failed to reach the playoffs in five straight seasons.
The Coyotes retained 25 per cent of Smith's salary in the deal, and they now have about $30 million in cap space for next season - in addition to newly acquired prospects and assets from these most recent trades. From a fantasy perspective, Smith could get a sizable boost in value since he's moving from the 27th ranked team in shorthanded situations to one that sat 12th with a stave-off rate of 81.6 percent.
In 55 games with the Coyotes this season, Smith posted a 19-26-9 record with a 2.92 goals-against-average, a.914 save percentage and three shutouts. "I feel like I'm coming off one of the better seasons of my National Hockey League career past year and just have learned a lot about my game over the course of the last six seasons in Arizona and throughout the course of my career".
The Kingston, Ont., native was originally drafted by the Dallas Stars in the 5th round of the 2001 NHL Draft. "We think he's still got a lot of gas left in the tank, and I think he's going to come in and help us". He's likely a few years away from making the Coyotes' roster on a full-time basis (if he ever gets there).
Coyotes GM John Chayka quickly pointed out that Smith is on the wrong side of his career at age 35.
"Mike Smith is a 35-year-old goaltender", Chayka said on a conference call. After four years with the Lightning, he signed as a UFA with Phoenix in 2011. "Sometimes, good goalies have bad years and average goalies have exceptional years", said Chayka.
The Arizona Coyotes have made a couple of notable trades in the past 24 hours, and while the league's trade/waiver freeze is in effect until Thursday, they may not be done dealing over the next few days and weeks.
A conditional third-round pick also goes the Flames' way, improving to a second-rounder if they make the playoffs this season.
Bailey was spotted Friday in the Capitol, on crutches and out of uniform, accepting congratulations from fellow officers. Authorities were investigating Hodgkinson's social media posts, a cellphone, computer and camera.
MMA reporter Mike Russell revealed on Saturday that Hague suffered a seizure in the locker room and went into a coma. His overall MMA record was 21-13 with eight knockout losses, including four in the past 22 months.
IFAB will discuss reducing halves to around 30 minutes, with the clock being stopped any time the ball goes out of play. Derby County could soon be playing 30-minute halves if proposals from world football's rule makers come into play.
An unknown number of people were injured and taken to a hospital after the attack on Le Campement resort, the source said. AQIM claimed the assault, saying the gunmen were from the Al-Murabitoun group of Algerian extremist Mokhtar Belmokhtar.
Bogosian has three years left on his contract with a $5.14 million cap-hit while Gorges has one year at $3.9 million. The Buffalo Sabres have acquired defenseman Nathan Beaulieu from the Montreal Canadiens .
Defense attorneys argued that the sexual contact was part of a consenting relationship between Cosby and Constand. Cosby , sitting at the defense table, let out a giant yawn before the court reporter launched into the reading.
Durant has said that his decision not to play for the D.C. team had nothing to do with the fans or the city. Warriors Coach Steve Kerr missed several games this year with back issues. (AP Photo/Josh Edelson).
Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel also welcomed the vote's outcome, tweeting that it paved "the way for reforms in France+Europe". Three pollsters projected turnout to be at 42-43 percent at the close of polling, a record low in the post-war Fifth Republic.
It's claimed that at the heart of Conte's alleged frustration is an absent of support in the transfer market. He is expected to be joined in London by his wife Elisabetta and daughter Vittoria before the new season.
Trump confirms probe over Comey firing
But Rosenstein, too, may ultimately have to hand off oversight given his role in Trump's decision to fire Comey . Donald Trump hasn't had a lot of good weeks since being sworn in as the 45th president of the United States.
Milwaukee Sheriff Clarke rejects Homeland Security position
Share with Us - We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article, and smart, constructive criticism. Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke has decided not to accept that job at the Department of Homeland Security after all.