Thread: Speculation: Mike Smith headed to free agency?
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Originally Posted by IKEA View Post
who is the next mike smith?
Any goalie over 6'3 is golden in Tippett's system under Sean Burke. Witness Chad Johnson.

Smith has had behavior issues on and off the ice, to go with his injuries and inconsistencies. The team could never count on the same performance twice from him, and as a result they struggled. Anyone who pays Smith $6m+ like he wants is an idiot.

"Iíve solidified being a No. 1 goaltender"
No Smitty. You had 1 good season on a division winning team that went to the conference finals. One that was renowned for being goalie friendly. To demand the sort of money he has is silly. It's even ****tier once you consider that Tippett personally vouched for him when Maloney was looking to replace Bryzgalov, at a time when Smith was likely headed to the ECHL.

He wore out his welcome. Wouldn't give him anything over 4m per year. Someone who needs goaltending and has space to burn will give him 5 or 6, though.

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