Mike Smith RUMORS & NEWS

  • Coyotes' Smith to make 1st start since December vs. Oilers

    The Score "Arizona Coyotes goalie Mike Smith will be back between the pipes against the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday after missing the last 40 games, head coach Dave Tippett announced." March 12

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    ArizonaCoyotesNews @AZCoyotesNews

    NEWS: Mike Smith had a core muscle injury that required surgery. He underwent successful surgery today. His recovery time is 8-10 weeks.

  • Coyotes goalie Smith says knee injury has healed

    NHL.com "Phoenix Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith said he's completely recovered from a knee injury that cost him the final 10 games of the season and damaged the Coyotes' chances of making the Stanley Cup Playoffs. "Everything is good, everything is healed up 100 percent," Smith told the Coyotes website..." June 06

  • Coyotes goalie Mike Smith's MCL sprain will heal without surgery, team says

    Arizona Republic "While Coyotes players were packing up their equipment Monday inside Jobing.com Arena before scattering to their off-season destinations, goalie Mike Smith was finally ready to unload his. Smith said "about now" was the time he would have been ready to return from what General Manager Don..." April 15

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    Sarah McLellan @azc_mclellan

    Visentin is indeed starting tonight. Doesn't look like Smith will play either game. Hanzal won't go tonight. Maybe tomorrow.

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    Phoenix Coyotes @phoenixcoyotes

    Head Coach Dave Tippett says Mike Smith will be reevaluated in one week and that his lower-body injury is not as serious as first feared.

  • Coyotes' Mike Smith leaves game with injury

    NHL.com "Phoenix Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith was forced to leave the game against the New York Rangers on Monday night with a lower-body injury. With 7:34 remaining in regulation and the Coyotes leading 3-2, Smith favored his right leg and was in obvious discomfort after forward Derick Brassard fell..." March 25

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    John Gambadoro @Gambo987

    Hearing Coyotes Goalie Mike Smith has a leg strain and will be out at least two weeks.

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    Craig Morgan @cmorganfoxaz

    I'm told that Mike Smith's injury is not as bad as was originally appeared. The team is thinking now that it just may be a mild sprain.

  • ‘It’s not worth it’: Mike Smith won’t bring family to Sochi for Olympics

    Pro Hockey Talk "As concern grows among NHL players regarding participation in Sochi for the Winter Olympics, Mike Smith announced he wouldn’t be bringing his family with him when he represents Team Canada. “They’re not gonna go. It’s not worth it,” Smith explained, per Coyotes game host Todd Walsh. “For..." January 22

  • Smith still Coyotes' No. 1 goalie despite inconsistency

    Fox Sports Arizona "Thomas Greiss will start in goal for the Coyotes on Tuesday against the Flames. The day off will allow Mike Smith to get some extra practice time in with goalie coach Sean Burke -- and a chance to clear his mind. The move does not portend a bigger role for Greiss, however. The Coyotes like him..." January 07

  • Coyotes goalie Mike Smith’s heavy workload not a concern

    Arizona Republic "No goalie has played more than the 18 games and 1,047 minutes that the Coyotes’ Mike Smith has so far this season. But the Coyotes are not worried about his workload. “Our games have been spread out where he’s getting the rest he needs,” coach Dave Tippett said. “We gave him the one ...rest..." November 16

  • Mike Smith wants reassurance from Coyotes

    Toronto Star "“This is Mike Smith, goaltender for the Phoenix Coyotes.” The telephone greeting Smith recently used still applies, but it could be outdated sooner rather than later. Smith is the team’s top unrestricted free agent, and he’ll be the most coveted goalie July 5 when the free-agent market opens..." June 03

  • Coyotes ownership mess could keep Mike Smith from re-signing

    Pro Hockey Talk "Phoenix Coyotes free agent-to-be goalie Mike Smith would like to stay with the team, but there’s a bit of a road block for him committing to that. The lack of an owner in the desert is a bit of a problem for the 31 year-old veteran and he tells Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic that if the..." June 01

  • With value raised, Mike Smith seems unlikely to return to Phoenix

    Fox Sports Arizona "If you watched Mike Smith’s performance at the IIHF World Championships with mixed emotions, your reaction, as a Coyotes fan, was understandable. On the one hand, it was encouraging to see Smith regain the level of play that made him one of the NHL’s best players down the stretch of the..." May 18

  • Coyotes goalie Mike Smith may need to repeat last season’s heroics to salvage a chance at playoffs

    Arizona Republic "Coyotes goalie Mike Smith’s current grim reality is familiar to goaltending coach Sean Burke, who spun his own long playoff odds into surprising success a quarter-century ago. As a rookie with the New Jersey Devils in 1987-88, Burke corralled seven consecutive wins in the team’s final eight..." April 14

  • Coyotes put Mike Smith on IR

    NHL.com "The Phoenix Coyotes have placed goaltender Mike Smith on the injured reserve list with an upper-body injury, retroactive to March 21. Smith was injured last Thursday when he was run over by Vancouver Canucks defenseman Alexander Edler late in the second period of a 2-1 home loss to the Canucks...." March 27

  • Mike Smith out, LaBarbera starts Monday for Coyotes

    NHL.com "If the Phoenix Coyotes are going to snap a season-long five-game losing streak and beat the Detroit Red Wings on Monday, they will have to do it without their No. 1 goaltender. Mike Smith was not on the ice for Monday's morning stake and hasn't been on the ice since being run by Vancouver's..." March 25

  • Canucks' Edler faces hearing for charge against Coyotes Smith

    TSN "Vancouver Canucks defeceman Alexander Edler has a phone hearing with the NHL's Department of Player Safety at 6pm et/3pm pt today regarding his charging major in Thursday's 2-1 win over the Phoenix Coyotes. The hearing will take place at 6pm et/3pm pt. Edler was assessed a five-minute major..." March 22

  • Mike Smith shines as Phoenix Coyotes defeat Anaheim Ducks in shootout

    Arizona Republic "Perhaps this wasn’t the best time to challenge the Pacific Division-leading Anaheim Ducks. Not with the Coyotes’ fourth line shouldering the offensive load and the Ducks performing like a legitimate contender in the Western Conference, collecting points in all but three games. But, ready or..." March 03

  • Phoenix Coyotes cruise to win over the Calgary Flames

    Arizona Republic "With the Coyotes sitting idle for the next four days, enjoying a rare reprieve in what’s been a dizzying schedule to this point, the template they set themselves up with for a week of practice doesn’t seem to need much tweaking. The Coyotes finished the first third of this unique NHL season..." February 19

  • San Jose Sharks lose 1-0 to Phoenix Coyotes in shootout

    San Jose Mercury News "The Sharks got a lot out of Saturday's game against the Phoenix Coyotes, starting with the return of defenseman Brent Burns and 65 minutes of shutout hockey from Antti Niemi. But what they didn't get -- a goal or a win -- is what mattered most. San Jose saw its winless streak extended to..." February 10

  • Smith, Coyotes spoil Burns' return

    CSN Bay Area "Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith has become quite the nemesis of the San Jose Sharks. Smith shut out the Sharks three times in 2011-12, and picked up right where he left off in his first appearance of the season series on Saturday afternoon at HP Pavilion. He entered the game looking for..." February 10

  • Coyotes goalie Mike Smith ready to return

    ArizonaSports.com "The Phoenix Coyotes hit the road to take on the Dallas Stars on Friday. The 'Yotes have struggled so far in this shortened season with a 2-4-1 record, but much of their issues stem from injuries to key players. One of the injured was starting goalie Mike Smith. Smith left in the third game of..." January 31

  • Mike Smith lobbies for return of goalie coach Sean Burke

    Arizona Republic "Whether netminder Mike Smith remains in a Coyotes sweater long-term could depend on goalie coach Sean Burke's status with the team. Burke, who helped Smith achieve a renaissance season, does not have a contract for next season, and that could sway Smith when it comes to negotiations, which..." May 26

  • Jason LaBarbera awed by Mike Smith's big journey

    Arizona Republic "From his nook at the end of the bench, Coyotes backup goalie Jason LaBarbera has had a front-row view of the Coyotes' quest to the Western Conference finals. Although he hasn't been called to duty in the playoffs, his emotional investment into the team is at its peak -- especially when..." May 13

  • Goalie Mike Smith enjoying turnaround with Phoenix Coyotes

    Arizona Republic "Gouge him. Slash him. Poke him in the eye. That's not the way to make a hockey player cry. But put him in a parking lot, on the way to the minors? Make him stare at an NHL arena where he's no longer welcome? Works every time. "It's the feeling that no one wants you," Coyotes star Mike..." May 11

  • Smith saves the day for Coyotes

    Chicago Tribune "Mike Smith made saves on his belly and on his backside and with every available limb on Monday, a final act of goaltending sorcery amplifying just how far he has come. The newest sports nemesis in Chicago didn't know if he'd play another game in the NHL a year ago. And here he was, conjuring a..." April 24

  • Coyotes' Smith having fun with public enemy status in Chicago

    Chicago Tribune "Every time Mike Smith handled the puck this week, a deluge of boos greeted the moment. In other instants, when the action was a bit dull, the Coyotes goaltender heard 20,000 or so voices confidently assure him that he sucks. To think: The ice was not the only United Center precinct in which..." April 21

  • Phoenix Coyotes' Mike Smith standing tall at year's end

    Arizona Republic "The only sign of goalie Mike Smith at Wednesday's practice were the tools he used to recently wage a three-game battle that has salvaged the Coyotes' playoff aspirations. His pads were stacked at his locker stall in the dressing room at Jobing.com Arena, surrounded by a hulking chest protector..." April 05

  • Coyotes 2, Blue Jackets 0: Jackets can't find net through Smith

    Columbus Dispatch "The Blue Jackets might have played well enough to win a fourth consecutive game last night against the Phoenix Coyotes. Goaltender Mike Smith made sure the outcome went the Coyotes' way. The Blue Jackets took a franchise-record 54 shots but did not score against Smith, the hottest goaltender..." April 04

  • Goalie's work ethic has Coyotes within striking distance of a playoff berth

    Arizona Republic "The work ethic of goaltender Mike Smith roars to the forefront every time he's on the ice, whether it's in a key game down the stretch or a practice session. Everything he has accomplished emanates from that intangible, a trait he embraced early in life. "My parents were a big influence on..." April 03

  • Mike Smith earns his third shutout of Sharks

    Arizona Republic "Almost six months ago, when Mike Smith made his debut in goal for the Coyotes, he was roughed up by the San Jose Sharks for six goals in 38 minutes in a 6-3 loss on opening night. It was a loss that made an impact. Since then, Smith shut out the Sharks three times, including 2-0 on Thursday..." March 30

  • Coyotes Mike Smith, Vancouver Canucks Cory Schneider follow similar paths

    Arizona Republic "A year ago, a goalie matchup between Mike Smith and Cory Schneider would have been a rare occurrence in the NHL. Last season Smith was still a backup, sitting on the end of Tampa Bay's bench. He only appeared in roughly a quarter of the Lightning's games, having difficulty shedding his..." February 29

  • Coyotes goalie Mike Smith faces another test

    Arizona Republic "Mike Smith cleared one hurdle, and a bigger one awaits. The Coyotes goaltender got the kind of performance he needed Saturday night, responding from a game in which he allowed three goals in less than seven minutes to grab a win over San Jose, the leader in the Pacific Division. The two..." February 06

  • Goalie Mike Smith keeping Phoenix Coyotes in mix

    Arizona Republic "One of the bigger stretches of games in Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith's career is looming. With four more starts, he will set a career high for games played in a season (43). The play of Smith, who signed as a free agent in the off-season after spending three-plus seasons with Tampa Bay, is one..." February 01

  • Guy Boucher makes bold call in starting Mike Smith

    Tampa Bay Times "The decision was only made the day before. It was the explanation that had been evolving for months and months. When he stripped away the emotion, and eliminated the ramifications and risk, Lightning coach Guy Boucher was left with one simple thought: Mike Smith had earned a shot to be..." May 24

  • Goalie Smith gives Bolts a chance after bold call

    Tampa Tribune "It was a tough spot that Lightning goalie Mike Smith was asked to step into: his first playoff start. He was taking the place of mainstay Dwayne Roloson, who was as big a reason as any why Tampa Bay had racked up 10 of the 16 wins needed to win a Stanley Cup. That they didn't get No.?11 on..." May 24

  • Who's in goal for Lightning: Roloson or Smith?

    Tampa Tribune "As the Eastern Conference finals whittle down to a best-of-three series starting tonight with Game 5, there is just as much focus on who will play goal for Tampa Bay as there is with Boston's three-goal collapse in Game 4. So who exactly does Guy Boucher turn to for tonight's pivotal matchup..." May 23

  • Mike Smith expected to start in goal for Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Boston Bruins on Thursday

    Tampa Bay Times "The last time Lightning G Mike Smith played in Boston, he allowed five goals on 22 shots before being pulled in an 8-1 loss. One goal was from 76 feet when Smith anticipated Dennis Seidenberg would rim the puck along the boards, left his net and watched Seidenberg shoot the puck straight..." March 03

  • Smith set to get back between the pipes

    Tampa Tribune "The past two-plus months proved to be trying times for Mike Smith. Now, he hopes to just enjoy his time in net. Smith is scheduled to make the start tonight in Boston, his first action in a Lightning uniform since Dec. 18. Two days after beating Buffalo, Smith suffered a knee sprain that kept..." March 03

  • Lightning goalie Mike Smith ready to think less, react more

    Tampa Bay Times "For Mike Smith, Friday's 13-hour drive from Norfolk, Va., to Tampa, in a packed car with pregnant wife Brigitte and golden retriever Berkley, was anything but relaxing. The ride itself was fine, though Smith mostly stayed behind the wheel rather than fold his 6-foot-4 frame into a passenger..." February 27

  • Overcoming adversity makes Smith stronger

    Tampa Tribune "Ninety percent of goaltending is 100 percent mental. Figuring out how to handle that aspect of the game, however, continues to baffle Mike Smith. The 28-year-old goaltender believes the last month might go a long way to helping him figure out just how to manage his athletic skills and translate..." February 27

  • Lightning puts goalie Mike Smith on re-entry waivers

    Tampa Bay Times "The Tampa Bay Lightning put goaltender Mike Smith on re-entry waivers. Smith is 1-4-0 with a 1.83 goals-against average and a .924 save percentage since he was sent to AHL Norfolk." February 24

  • Lightning puts goalie Mike Smith on waivers

    Tampa Bay Times "The Lightning on Wednesday addressed its three-goalie glut before it became an issue by placing Mike Smith on waivers for the purpose of assigning him to AHL Norfolk. It will be known at noon today if he clears or is claimed. "He needs to play," GM Steve Yzerman said. "Having three..." February 03

  • Lightning places goalie Mike Smith on waivers

    Tampa Bay Times "The Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday placed goaltender Mike Smith on waivers with the intention of sending him to AHL Norfolk. Lightning GM Steve Yzerman said the move was two-fold: It will relieve a glut of three goaltenders for Tampa Bay and fill the spot left open by the shoulder injury to..." February 02

  • Lightning recalls goalie Mike Smith from AHL Norfolk

    Tampa Bay Times "The Tampa Bay Lightning today recalled goaltender Mike Smith from AHL Norfolk. Smith was assigned to Norfolk 11 days ago on a conditioning assignment as he recovered from a knee injury." February 01

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