Edmonton Oilers hoping to net new deal for Mike Smith soon

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Were his 2.31 goals-against average and .923 save percentage in 32 games last season an anomaly for the 39-year-old?

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Jim Matheson  •  Edmonton Journal

Edmonton Oilers goaltender Mike Smith (41) faces the Winnipeg Jets in Game 2 of their NHL North Division playoff series at Rogers Place in Edmonton on May 21, 2021. Photo by Ian Kucerak /Postmedia, file Article content

No NHL goalie helps out his defencemen like Mike Smith, who loves to play pucks, but it’s also about bucks for the Edmonton Oilers unrestricted free-agent, who could be getting a two-year deal.

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A nice score for a 39-year-old.

“I just have to find a solution that I’m happy with and Mike’s happy with,” said Oilers general manager Ken Holland, who before Friday’s amateur draft, still has to talk to agent Kurt Overhardt to finalize a deal for Smith.

The goalie played lights-out as a starter last season, finishing seventh in Vezina trophy voting.

Smith, who played 32 of the last 45 games after missing the first month with a leg injury, would like to be paid more than last season’s $1.6 million, which included bonuses for games played. His base was $1.5 million and he got an extra $50,000 for each of 25 and 30 games. Maybe he will sign…

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