Flames acquire Smith from Coyotes

Arizona Coyotes reportedly trade goalie Mike Smith to Calgary Flames

Coyotes trade goaltender Mike Smith to Flames

The Calgary Flames acquired goaltender Mike Smith from the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday in exchange for netminder Chad Johnson, defenceman Brandon Hickey and a conditional third-round draft pick.

The Coyotes GM John Chayka thanked Smith for the last six seasons with the team. If Calgary does not qualify, the Coyotes will receive the Flames' third-round choice in 2018.

Calgary will take on Smith's $5.667 million cap hit, which expires after the 2018-19 season. Smith was Arizona's sole representative to the 2017 NHL All-Star Game and he produced the defining moment of the skills' competition, firing a puck 200 feet into a six-inch opening in the goal.

In 2014, Smith was a member of Canada's 2014 Olympic gold-medal winning men's hockey team, where he played behind Carey Price and Roberto Luongo.

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As all 30 teams jockeyed to get their rosters set and prepare to lose a player - either seven forwards, three defencemen and a goalie or eight skaters and a goalie could be protected - the Knights were about to enter an exclusive window to pursue restricted and unrestricted free agents left unprotected. Elliott was coming off a.930 season and had led the Blues into the third round at the time of his acquisition, but could never recover from a miserable start to his tenure with the Flames and saw his numbers plummet to.910. The Flames were swept in the first round of the post-season by Anaheim.

Organizationally, the hope is that Smith cannot only help the Flames get to the playoffs, but that they can then do some damage once they're there.

In 11 seasons with the Coyotes, Dallas Stars and Tampa Bay Lightning, Smith has a 2.70 GAA and.913 save percentage. Smith put up a 2.92 goals-against average and a.914 save percentage in 55 games.

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