The Arizona Coyotes and Calgary Flames were nearly the first teams to break the ice on trades Saturday as the entire hockey community sits in anticipation, wondering what moves their respective teams will pull off.
Meanwhile, the Flames registered 94 points but were swept in the first round of the postseason by the Anaheim Ducks.
Smith, 35, was 19-26-9 with a 2.92 goals-against average and.914 save percentage in 55 starts with the Coyotes this past season. But the Flames are banking on Smith's numbers being reflective of Arizona's beleaguered team defense - one that has routinely exposed its netminders - not his capabilities in the twilight of his career.
Hickey, an Alberta native now playing at Boston University, was a 2014 third-round pick by Calgary. For the majority of the year, Elliott posted abysmal save percentages, including.898 percent in October, .869 percent in November, .892 percent in December, .871 percent in March and a.880 save percentage in the first round of the playoffs, allowing 14 goals in four games. The Flames had both the departing Johnson and Brian Elliott under one-year contracts this year, so adding Smith - who spent the past six seasons in Arizona - was a necessary course of action, as prospect Jon Gillies may be ready for the big stage, but not necessarily the No. 1 role.
The deal is an interesting one for the Flames.
The 31-year-old Johnson posted an 18-15-1 record with a 2.59 goals against average (GAA) and a.910 save percentage (SV%) with the Flames in 2016-17.
Smith is a mediocre, old, goaltender who probably won't solidify the net as much as anyone would like. Smith's cap hit is $5.67 million for two more seasons where Elliott's cap hit this season was $2.5 million. Smith did lead the Coyotes to the Western Conference final in 2012.