Mike Smith: “I look forward to passing it to some of the guys that can actually score”
Newly acquired Calgary Flames goaltender Mike Smith and defenceman Travis Hamonic were guests on Sportsnet 960’s “The Big Show” with Rob Kerr & Pat Steinberg on Monday afternoon. Both players were introduced that day to the Calgary media, and spent some time conducting interviews.
One of the major topics with Smith was his ability to play the puck, which is at the top of the league. When they talked about moving the puck up the ice to players like Johnny Gaudreau, he was very honest with his thoughts:
“I look forward to passing it to some of the guys that can actually score! Did I say that out loud?”
The Arizona Coyotes finished last season 27th in the NHL in goals scored with 191 in 2016-17. The only Coyotes players to reach 20 goals was Radim Vrbata, who finished with that exact amount.
Smith also spoke at length about the impact that Dallas Stars legend Marty Turco had on his ability to play the puck, coming up through the Stars system. He spoke about the confidence needed to go play the puck, especially in the goaltender’s ability to skate:
“I think I always played the puck in junior, I just never really passed it. I always just shot it around the boards as hard as I could. I didn’t really have an idea of what to do with it. Once I got drafted by Dallas, having Marty Turco there, I knew if I was going to be part of that organization moving forward I’d have to be able to handle the puck. I really worked hard on it at practice. Marty was a really big part of getting me to where I am today, just by watching him.”
Smith will return to Arizona for the first time on February 22nd, 2018.