Originally written March 02, 2012 on Hipchecks:
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Mike Smith has lead the Coyotes to 11-0-1 for the month of February and first place in the pacific division. But what do we really know about #41 for the Coyotes? At 29, Smith signed as a free agent with the Coyotes in the summer of 2011. It was expected he would be started by most fans while LaBarbera did what he’s best at... backup. Smith came from a deep playoff run with the Tampa Bay Lightning after struggling with the team over his tenure. Who doesn't love a goalie with crazy hair? At least his hair is the only crazy thing about him...(photo from Coyotes website)Smith was drafted by Dallas in 2001, 161st overall in the fifth round. Ironically his NHL debut was a shutout against Phoenix in 2006. While in Dallas Smith was backup to Marty Turco, a goalie well known for his roaming style of play. Smith had a pretty decent run in Dallas but was later traded to Tampa Bay.What makes Smith stand out from most goalies is his ability to act as another defense man. He can handle the p...
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