Arizona Coyotes: Wanted - starting goalie

Smith started 32 of those contests and went 15-19, tallying a save percentage of 90.1 percent and a goals against average of 2.59.

Hickey should ultimately have a huge impact on who wins this trade besides Smith, and Arizona will make sure they choose carefully on their pick after trading their longtime goalie away.

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.

The Calgary Flames acquired goaltender Mike Smith from the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday in exchange for netminder Chad Johnson, defenceman Brandon Hickey and a conditional third-round draft pick.

Many people were surprised to see the Arizona Coyotes keep Luke Schenn in the expansion draft. The trade freeze would happen at 3 pm EST and teams would have to submit their protected and exposed lists by 5 pm EST. Considering they only gave one prospect away, the Flames came out well in this trade. It's unlikely that the Golden Knights would use a selection on the relatively unproven Domingue.

"I think Chad had a good career for himself as a back-up, had an excellent year, last year, and there's a chance he could be a starter in this league". This means that the Coyotes must protect Johnson and leave Domingue unprotected in the Expansion Draft in order to remain compliant.

The deal basically seals the fate of Brian Elliott, who is also set to become a UFA on July 1 and will likely be left unprotected. The Desert Dogs have a plethora of young prospects, plus they possess the seventh overall draft pick, right behind the Vegas team. While he was a disappointment with the Calgary Flames, he is still a quality goaltender.

According to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman, Arizona will retain 25 per cent of Smith's salary.

The Coyotes were rumored to not protect defenseman Luke Schenn, but he was protected. He spent the last three seasons splitting time with the Sharks and their American Hockey League affiliate.

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.

At any rate, we'll have to wait a few days before finding out what's next on John Chayka's agenda, as the trade freeze is underway until June 22.

Vanessa Coleman

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