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June 1, 2013 | 10:36am ET
Coyotes want to get Smith signed
TheFourthPeriod.com

The Phoenix Coyotes would like to get goalie Mike Smith locked up to a new contract before July 5, but they might not be able to do so.

Smith, who is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, is interested in re-signing with the Coyotes, and might take a hometown discount, but wants to know what the future of the franchise has in store.

"I'm not gonna be selfish with this whole situation and demand this stupid contract that we're not going to be able to build a team around," Smith told the Arizona Republic. "I believe you don't put all your eggs in one basket. There's good players that make a lot of money, and I think I deserve a fair contract. By any means I'm not expecting to hit a homerun.

"The biggest part about me signing back here will be: Is the ownership group coming in, is this going to be a place that free agents are going to want to come and play and are they going to spend the money to make this a better team on an every-year basis? I think that's the most intriguing piece of the puzzle."

The Coyotes recently locked up GM Don Maloney to a new contract, but are waiting for their ownership situation to be resolved before re-signing Smith and head coach Dave Tippett.

Smith understands he has to wait, and that "there's not much Don can do, I don't think, until that happens or else we probably would have had a deal done by now if there was."


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