When Mike Smith signed with Edmonton in free agency, the move raised some eyebrows. He was coming off a season that saw him post the lowest save percentage of his career and with Mikko Koskinen having several question marks, some were expecting the Oilers to add a more proven goaltending option. Instead, he has rebounded quite nicely and has posted the second-highest point total among NHL netminders since January while helping Edmonton get into second place in the Pacific Division. As a result, Sportsnet’s Mark Spector suggests that the soon-to-be 38-year-old has done enough to warrant another one-year deal for next season. Despite the strong record since the turn of the calendar to 2020, his overall numbers on the season (2.95 GAA, .902 SV percent) aren’t the best so the Oilers may be able to get him cheaper than his current price tag of a $2M base salary plus another $1.75M in performance bonuses ($500K of which have been reached so far).
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Four teams (Detroit, New York Rangers, Ottawa & Vegas) do not currently have a captain, while Carolina has co-captains.