Skip to main content
The Globe and Mail
Support Quality Journalism
The Globe and Mail
First Access to Latest
Investment News
Collection of curated
e-books and guides
Inform your decisions via
Globe Investor Tools
Just$1.99
per week
for first 24 weeks

Enjoy unlimited digital access
Enjoy Unlimited Digital Access
Get full access to globeandmail.com
Just $1.99 per week for the first 24 weeks
Just $1.99 per week for the first 24 weeks
var select={root:".js-sub-pencil",control:".js-sub-pencil-control",open:"o-sub-pencil--open",closed:"o-sub-pencil--closed"},dom={},allowExpand=!0;function pencilInit(o){var e=arguments.length>1&&void 0!==arguments[1]&&arguments[1];select.root=o,dom.root=document.querySelector(select.root),dom.root&&(dom.control=document.querySelector(select.control),dom.control.addEventListener("click",onToggleClicked),setPanelState(e),window.addEventListener("scroll",onWindowScroll),dom.root.removeAttribute("hidden"))}function isPanelOpen(){return dom.root.classList.contains(select.open)}function setPanelState(o){dom.root.classList[o?"add":"remove"](select.open),dom.root.classList[o?"remove":"add"](select.closed),dom.control.setAttribute("aria-expanded",o)}function onToggleClicked(){var l=!isPanelOpen();setPanelState(l)}function onWindowScroll(){window.requestAnimationFrame(function() {var l=isPanelOpen(),n=0===(document.body.scrollTop||document.documentElement.scrollTop);n||l||!allowExpand?n&&l&&(allowExpand=!0,setPanelState(!1)):(allowExpand=!1,setPanelState(!0))});}pencilInit(".js-sub-pencil",!1); // via darwin-bg var slideIndex = 0; carousel(); function carousel() { var i; var x = document.getElementsByClassName("subs_valueprop"); for (i = 0; i < x.length; i++) { x[i].style.display = "none"; } slideIndex++; if (slideIndex> x.length) { slideIndex = 1; } x[slideIndex - 1].style.display = "block"; setTimeout(carousel, 2500); }

Calgary Flames' new GM Brad Treliving speaks at a press conference. The Flames acquired a new No. 1 goaltender in Mike Smith from the Arizona Coyotes.

Larry MacDougal/THE CANADIAN PRESS

The Calgary Flames completed their most important piece of off-season business Saturday, acquiring a new No. 1 goaltender in Mike Smith from the Arizona Coyotes.

Just hours before they were obliged to submit their protected list for the 2017 NHL expansion draft, the Flames acquired Arizona's long-time starter in exchange for Brandon Hickey, a top defensive prospect, the rights to pending free-agent goaltender Chad Johnson, plus a conditional third-round pick that becomes a second-rounder if the Flames make the playoffs in 2018.

In what will surely be a heavily scrutinized move, the Flames gave up a player in Hickey that was likely their brightest prospect on defence. But while the acquisition cost was steep, the Flames didn't give up a player off the NHL roster, which is what other deals they were pondering would have required.

Story continues below advertisement

The 35-year-old Smith has two years remaining on a six-year, $34-million contract that he signed in 2013, and it pays him an annual average salary of $5.666-million.

Arizona is picking up one-quarter of the cost of that contract to mitigate the charge against Calgary's salary cap. Smith's actual compensation for the 2017-18 season is $6-million and then it drops to $5-million for the final year of the contract.

The hope in Calgary is that two years of Smith as their starter will allow them to develop one or both of their goalie prospects, Jon Gillies (who spent last year playing for the Flames's AHL affiliate in Stockton, Calif.), and Tyler Parsons, a second-round draft choice last year, who won a Memorial Cup with the London Knights in 2016.

In Smith, the Flames get one of the most skilled puck-handling goaltenders in the game, which will add a new dimension to their defensive-zone breakouts. 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. Smith is one of only a handful of NHL goaltenders to score a goal – he turned the trick on Oct. 19, 2013, against the Detroit Red Wings.

Flames' general manager Brad Treliving was the assistant GM in Arizona when the Coyotes originally signed Smith to a free-agent contract in July 2011.

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.

Smith's acquisition means that, for the third consecutive season, the Flames' will have a new No. 1 face in goal. Last year's tandem, Brian Elliott and Johnson, was an upgrade over the previous year's trio (Jonas Hiller, Karri Ramo and Joni Ortio). Elliott overcame a slow start to put together a quality regular season on behalf of the Flames, but he faltered in the playoffs during a four-game sweep at the hands of the Anaheim Ducks.

Story continues below advertisement

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

In an NHL career that began with the 2006-07 Dallas Stars, Smith has only been to the playoffs twice. The last time, five years ago with the then-Phoenix Coyotes, he had an exceptional run – nine wins, three shutouts and a goals-against average of 1.99 per game.

Overall, Smith totalled a 128-132-41 record with a 2.69 GAA and a .916 save percentage in 312 games with the Coyotes over six seasons.

Follow related topics

Report an error Editorial code of conduct
Due to technical reasons, we have temporarily removed commenting from our articles. We hope to have this fixed soon. Thank you for your patience. If you are looking to give feedback on our new site, please send it along to feedback@globeandmail.com. If you want to write a letter to the editor, please forward to letters@globeandmail.com.

Welcome to The Globe and Mail’s comment community. This is a space where subscribers can engage with each other and Globe staff. Non-subscribers can read and sort comments but will not be able to engage with them in any way. Click here to subscribe.

If you would like to write a letter to the editor, please forward it to letters@globeandmail.com. Readers can also interact with The Globe on Facebook and Twitter .

Welcome to The Globe and Mail’s comment community. This is a space where subscribers can engage with each other and Globe staff. Non-subscribers can read and sort comments but will not be able to engage with them in any way. Click here to subscribe.

If you would like to write a letter to the editor, please forward it to letters@globeandmail.com. Readers can also interact with The Globe on Facebook and Twitter .

Welcome to The Globe and Mail’s comment community. This is a space where subscribers can engage with each other and Globe staff.

We aim to create a safe and valuable space for discussion and debate. That means:

  • Treat others as you wish to be treated
  • Criticize ideas, not people
  • Stay on topic
  • Avoid the use of toxic and offensive language
  • Flag bad behaviour

Comments that violate our community guidelines will be removed.

Read our community guidelines here

Discussion loading ...

To view this site properly, enable cookies in your browser. Read our privacy policy to learn more.
How to enable cookies