National Hockey League

Smith signs one-year contract with Oilers

Mike Smith signed a one-year contract with the Edmonton Oilers on Monday.

Financial terms of the contract were not released.

The 37-year-old goalie was 23-16-2 with a 2.73 goals-against average, .898 save percentage and two shutouts in 42 games (40 starts) with the Calgary Flames last season, and was 1-4 with a 3.20 GAA, .917 save percentage and one shutout in five Stanley Cup Playoff games.

“(General manager) Ken Holland and [coach Dave Tippett] were one of my first calls when the period opened,” Smith told Sportsnet. “They expressed interest right from Day One. I want to be a guy that comes in and brings a leadership to locker room and a presence on the ice and help this team get back into the playoffs. Obviously with players like Connor (McDavid) and Leon (Draisaitl) … to have those difference-makers on your team is important, and like I said, I’m excited about this opportunity in Edmonton.”

Selected by the Dallas Stars in the fifth round (No. 161) of the 2001 NHL Draft, Smith is 243-236-68 with a 2.70 GAA, .912 save percentage and 38 shutouts in 571 games (551 starts) with the Stars, Tampa Bay Lightning, Phoenix/Arizona Coyotes and Flames. He is 11-12 with a 2.17 GAA, .938 save percentage and four shutouts in 24 playoff games (22 starts).

“The opportunity to battle it out for the No. 1 position. I think Mikko Koskinen had a good year last year, is a big guy, we’ll have a good tandem there,” Smith said about one of the reasons he signed with Edmonton. “I want to push him to be better and help him out as much as I can, too.”

NHL.com

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