Not a bad signing. Smith has potential to be very solid especially with Sean Burke coaching him. That said, I see the Coyotes staring down a lottery pick unless they vastly over achieve. West is going to be ridiculously difficult.
Jovanovski will not return in my estimation. I suspect he'll be back in Florida.
TSNBobMcKenzie: Confirmed, Ed Jovanovski to Florida. [via
Mike Smith -- He played just 22 games for Tampa Bay due to a knee injury and the acquisition of Dwayne Roloson, but Smith won 13 games with 2.90 GAA. He was solid in the playoffs, allowing just two goals on 48 shots in 120 minutes of relief action. He's just 29, and remains very talented.
On 10 June 2011, I wrote that Mike Smith was my preferred option. Well, I got him. I just hope that Sean Burke, Don Maloney, and I are right about this . . .
Originally Posted by Vosie
Mike Smith would be my preference, because of his age, but Vokoun, Roloson, Osgood, Turco, Budaj, Hedberg, Giguere, Lalime, Leclaire, are all available as UFAs. Then there are guys like Nabokov or Schneider who could be traded for. The benefit of Schneider is that the Canucks have limited cap space and some key players to resign, especially in light of a President’s Trophy / Stanley Cup Finals run. So they wouldn’t want contracts going back.
LaBarbara was good insurance, though they might have acted too soon. If they could get a Schneider / Smith combo, with them both hungry for the number one job, it’d propel them both to greater things, and help cover for some of the uh, deficiencies, we have that Bryzgalov was so good at hiding.
Last edited by Winnipeg Jet: 07-01-2011 at 02:04 PM.
He's big, so maybe Burke can work his magic, and at least we can assume he'll get along with Tippett. But I'm hoping this is only the 2nd of a three-headed goalie plan.
It is worth noting that before Burke got a hold of him, Bryz had similar numbers to Smith. That said, I think if Burke can turn Smith around it would be a bigger accomplishment than his work with Bryz.