Coyotes ink Smith, Torres to multi-year deals

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The Phoenix Coyotes signed goaltender Mike Smith and forward Raffi Torres to multi-year contracts on Friday.

Per club policy, no terms of the deals were disclosed.

"Mike is a big, talented goaltender who we feel will excel in our system," said Phoenix general manager Don Maloney. "We are excited to have him join us in the desert."

Smith finished 13-6-1 with a 2.90 goals-against average and one shutout in 22 games (20 starts) for the Tampa Bay Lightning last season. He will have the unenviable task of filling the shoes of Ilya Bryzgalov, recently departed as a free agent to Philadelphia.

Over 162 appearances (146 starts) with Dallas and Tampa Bay, the 29-year-old Ontario native has compiled a 67-66-19 mark with a 2.71 GAA and 11 shutouts.

Torres is coming off a successful run with the Stanley Cup finalist Vancouver Canucks. The 29-year-old native of Toronto struck for 14 goals and 29 points in 80 regular-season games, adding three tallies and seven points over 23 playoff tilts.

"Raffi is a big, strong winger who is an excellent skater," Maloney said. "He is a tough player to play against and will add grit and skill to our lineup."

The No. 5 overall pick of the New York Islanders in 2000, Torres has posted 112 goals and 211 points in 512 NHL contests with five clubs since 2001.


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