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Coyotes to trade goaltender Mike Smith to Calgary

Coyotes to trade goaltender Mike Smith to Calgary

Calgary has finally received a starting netminder and with Smith now in town, this should push Brian Elliott even more and create a nice increase duel between the two in order for them to bring their best every night.

The Coyotes managed just 70 points last season and missed the playoffs for the fifth straight year.

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.

"I think it's a possibility, just like I think there's a lot of good goaltenders out there and from year to year, the variance is quite high".

Hickey, 21, recorded four goals and 11 assists in 35 games as a junior with Boston University in 2016-17. While many were hoping that Marc-Andre Fleury from the Pittsburgh Penguins could be the Flames' ultimate solution in net, the team obviously opted to go in a different direction with Smith from the Coyotes.

He has spent the past five seasons with the Coyotes, and has also played for the Tampa Bay Lightning and Dallas Stars. He had one of the better seasons of his career on a struggling team a year ago, earning a spot in the NHL All-Star Game during a season in which he finished 19-26-9 with a 2.92 goals-against average and.914 save percentage.

Hickey should ultimately have a huge impact on who wins this trade besides Smith, and Arizona will make sure they choose carefully on their pick after trading their longtime goalie away.

Treliving was a member of Don Maloney's staff when the former Coyotes general manager signed Smith to his current deal, which now has two years remaining.

"Mike Smith is a 35-year-old goaltender", Chayka said on a conference call. "When some of our players are reaching their prime years, then he's probably on the wrong side of his career". Considering they only gave one prospect away, the Flames came out well in this trade.

The Calgary Flames grabbed the headlines in the hours leading up to the NHL's transaction freeze for the Vegas Golden Knights' Expansion Draft, acquiring Mike Smith from the Arizona Coyotes.

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