Today, the Mike Smith era in Arizona has ended, as the team decided to trade him to the Calgary Flames, which was the destination many analysts prediction. Announced by both teams, the only thing heading to Calgary is Mike Smith, and the Coyotes will receive prospect Brandon Hickey, a conditional third round pick of the 2018 draft, and the rights to negotiate with goalie Chad Johnson.
Interestingly, if the Flames make the playoffs next year, the third round pick they receive will turn into a second round pick. The third round pick they sent over in this deal was the pick the Blues chucked over in the Elliott trade last year.
Now, the Flames get a solid goalie that suffered the past few seasons on a bad Coyotes team. Mike Smith finished last year with a 2.92 GAA and a .914 save percentage in 55 games. Overall, he owns a career .913 save percentage and 2.70 GAA in 474 games played in (438 starts).
In addition, the Brian Elliott and Chad Johnson duo in Calgary last season did not go the way the organization thought it would have gone when pulling the trigger to land both goalies. Both goalies recorded posting identical .910 save percentages.
Furthermore, with Mike Smith coming over in a trade, this most likely means that the Brian Elliot experiment is over, unless he takes a lesser salary than expected to receive. A Mike Smith and Brian Elliott duo would be a duo to watch.
Finally, Mike Smith is a perfect stop gap goalie for the next two-years at a high, but fair serviceable rate of $5.5MM a season. He will give the youngsters like Jon Gillies and David Rittich time to develop their game, so when they come up they are ready to become the Flames franchise goalie.
Note: The 35-year-old goaltender has a partial no-trade clause and can block a trade to eight teams. Arizona will retain 25 percent of the contract in the trade.