The 2012-2013 NHL Lockout Discussion Thread
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11-30-2012, 01:27 AM
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^ I'm more worried about giving Smith way too big a contract for way too long a term after one single good season in the NHL. I do think he'd be a fool to leave but the thought of giving him four years and sixteen million bucks is terrifying to me. There is a great deal of flash in the pan potential, here.
Let's be honest here. The one thing the Coyotes desperately need and can afford to overspend on is goaltending. He was, quite literally, the only reason the team did as well as it did or went as far. I also think that him being a humble journeyman plays into Maloney's hands. He may end up taking less than what he can command on the free market.
I don't really think last season was a fluke. He was technically sound on most nights and that's all you really need to win in Tippett's system. Another way to look at this is the alternative to taking a risk on Smith. Do we want a 3rd starting goalie in 3 years? Who the hell is out there that has the potential to be better? Can we even afford him? Would he even come to Phoenix?
I think if you really look at the situation, giving Mike Smith a nice deal is the best option.
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