October 10, 2020
EDMONTON, AB – The Edmonton Oilers are bringing back netminder Mike Smith on a one-year, $2-million deal, the team announced Saturday.
Smith, 38, appeared in 39 games for the Oilers in 2019-20, winning 19 of his 37 starts and finishing the campaign with a .902 save percentage, 2.95 goals-against average, and with one shutout to his name.
The veteran spent two years in Calgary prior to his Oilers stint, preceded by runs in Phoenix, Tampa Bay and Dallas.
April 24, 2020
EDMONTON, AB – Six months before concerns over the coronavirus outbreak paused the NHL schedule, pushing players and fans alike into social isolation, goaltender Mike Smith received an unwanted trial to life in quarantine.
Illness for the then-37-year-old netminder, who turned 38 last month, pushed his arrival at Oilers Training Camp back more than a week to a team trip to Kelowna, BC, after being sequestered at home instead of being able to put in initial preparations for his 14th NHL season with his new teammates.
March 2, 2020
NASHVILLE, TN – The race is over, the contest closed.
Tonight’s starter, Mike Smith, is the Edmonton Oilers No. 1 goalie. Mikko Koskinen a solid No. 2 — full stop.
No bad start down the stretch or ugly giveaway is going to turn back the clock on a competition that quietly ended over the past few weeks.
Forget about age, or Koskinen’s wage. Not only has Smith been given two-thirds of the starts since Jan. 1, he’s given his team an 11-1-4 record since the calendar turned to 2020, and the kind of attitude that was on display when Leon Draisaitlhad this to say to a sold-out barn on the in-house, post-game interview Saturday:
“You guys are (expletive) phenomenal!”
Of all the one-year contracts that general manager Ken Holland signed last summer, Smith’s has been the most impactful — and not just because he’s stopping pucks. He’s given a head-shy organization a backbone, showing its young superstars how to carry themselves with some swagger.
November 4, 2019
NEW YORK, NY – Vancouver Canucks center Elias Pettersson, Washington Capitals left wing Jakub Vrana and Edmonton Oilers goaltender Mike Smith have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Nov. 3.
Smith stopped 74 of the 76 shots he faced, compiling a 2-0-0 record, 0.98 goals-against average and .974 save percentage to backstop the Pacific Division-leading Oilers(10-4-1, 21 points) to a pair of wins in three starts. Smith turned aside 23 shots in a 4-1 triumph over the Columbus Blue Jackets Oct. 30. He then made 51 stops, his third career 50-save performance, in a 2-1 overtime victory against the Pittsburgh Penguins Nov. 2. The other two: April 3, 2012 vs. CBJ (54 SV/54 SA) and Dec. 3, 2016 vs. CBJ (58 SV/60 SA). The 37-year-old Kingston, Ont., native has played in nine total games this season, ranking fifth in the NHL with a 2.12 goals-against average and seventh with a .931 save percentage to go along with a 5-3-1 record.
July 1, 2019
EDMONTON, AB – Mike Smith won’t have to travel far to join his new team.
The veteran goalie, who played with the Calgary Flames last season, signed a one-year contract with the Edmonton Oilers on Monday as NHL free agency opened.
Smith went 48-38-8 with a 2.99 goals-against average and a .909 save percentage in 97 games.
The 37-year-old was 23-16-2 with a 2.72 GAA and a .898 save percentage in 2018-19.
In 13 NHL seasons with the Dallas Stars, Tampa Bay Lightning, Phoenix/Arizona Coyotes and Calgary, the Kingston, Ont., native is 243-236-68 with a 2.70 GAA and a .912 save percentage.
Smith is also 11-12 with a 2.17 GAA and .938 save percentage in 24 playoff games.
January 25, 2018
CALGARY, AB – Mike Smith is headed to Tampa Bay.
The Calgary Flames netminder will replace Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings because of a nagging injury that will force him to miss the All-Star festivities.
“To be mentioned with the best players in the world and to play in a game like that is a special honour and something I don’t take lightly,” Smith told reporters after their 2-1 loss at the hands of the Kings Wednesday.
“The boys have been asking me if we’re going to the All-Star Game and I’ve had to tell them ‘No, you don’t go every single season.’ It was nice to pick them up from school yesterday and tell them I got the invite and am going to Tampa.”