The Calgary Flames struck a deal with the Arizona Coyotes, acquiring netminder Mike Smith.
Headed the other way is unrestricted free agent goalie Chad Johnson, Boston University defenceman Brandon Hickey, and a third round pick which would become a second-rounder if the Flames make the playoffs.
Flames general manager Brad Treliving struck the deal hours before submitting the team’s protected list for the upcoming National Hockey League expansion draft.
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. Treliving said earlier this week that the Flames would be protecting seven forwards, three defencemen, and one goalie.
Elliott faltered in the first six weeks of the season posting a 3-9-1 record and stumbled in the first round of playoffs against the Anaheim Ducks — a 3-2 loss in Game 2 and a 5-4 OT loss in Game 3.
Their salaries had come at bargain — $3.8-million combined.
As for Hickey, the Leduc native played on the blue-line for the last three years at Boston University after a three year stint in the AJHL playing for the Spruce Grove Saints and is currently unsigned.
According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, Arizona will retain 25 per cent of Smith’s salary. The cap hit absorbed by the Flames is $4.25-million which works out to $1.416-million retained by the Coyotes.
Smith, who turned 35 in March, had a 2.92 goals against average and .914 save percentage last season stopping pucks for the third-worst team in the NHL and had personal record of 19-26-9.
Over the past six years for the Coyotes, Smith has played 474 NHL games and has amassed a 2.70 goals against average and .913 save percentage.