Coyotes goalie Smith wants ownership resolution before new contract
Smith, who signed a two-year deal prior to the 2011-12 season, was nothing short of a revelation for a team seeking a replacement for the departed Ilya Bryzgalov.
Because Smith was not simply a replacement; he was an upgrade.
The 30-year-old had a career year in the desert, posting a 38-18-10 record with a 2.21 GAA and .930 save percentage. He led the team to the Western Conference Final, and established himself as one of the top netminders in the game.
So yeah, it'd be a good idea to look into extending his contract, rather than risk losing him after next season.
Smith's position on the matter makes a ton of sense, because it would be foolish to sign long-term with the team while the threat of a low payroll and possible move hang over them.
However, should the team resolve the ownership situation, there's a good chance Smith will be around for the long haul.
"I really enjoyed my time this year in Phoenix," he said. "My wife and I both love living here and have been treated very well, so obviously it would be a nice place to call home."
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