Mike Smith just turned 39 in March but if he wants to return for another NHL season, his general manager is open to a reunion.
Edmonton Oilers GM Ken Holland was asked about the veteran goaltender during his end-of-season media availability Wednesday and said he would be open to re-signing the pending unrestricted free agent.
“Yes, I do want to re-sign Mike Smith,” Holland said, adding the two will connect in a couple of weeks after both are settled in their B.C. summer homes.
Smith and the Oilers were in a similar situation last season and after Holland missed out on adding a different goaltender in the off-season, Smith was brought back on a one-year, $1.5-million contract. While that reunion was viewed as a disappointment by some, Smith responded by putting together one of the best seasons of his career and could get Vezina Trophy votes as a result.
Smith finished the season with a 21-6-2 record with a .923 save percentage, 2.31 goals-against average and three shutouts. His save percentage was the second-best mark of his 16-year career. In the playoffs, his numbers only dipped slightly with a .912 save percentage in a sweep at the hands of the Jets, who needed overtime to win three of those four games.