But the Flames are banking on Smith's numbers being reflective of Arizona's beleaguered team defense - one that has routinely exposed its netminders - not his capabilities in the twilight of his career.
A conditional third-round pick also goes the Flames' way, improving to a second-rounder if they make the playoffs this season.
Smith, 35, has played the past six seasons with the Coyotes, posting a.914 save percentage in 55 games previous year. He can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
In the end, Elliott played in 49 regular season games and compiled a 26-18-3 record with a 2.55 goals against average and a.910 save percentage.
"The 6'4", 215lbs. goaltender has played 474 career National Hockey League games posting a 2.70 GAA and a.913 save percentage. He recorded four goals and 11 assists in 35 college games in 2016-17. If the Flames had elected to sign Elliott to an extension, the team would have sent a third round 2018 draft pick to the St. Louis Blues as a condition of the June 2016 trade that brought Elliott to Calgary. Similar totals to what Elliott posted, but Johnson did so while designated as a backup.
Smith is a mediocre, old, goaltender who probably won't solidify the net as much as anyone would like. While he could potentially improve with a new team, the Flames should till be tired of his career 2.70 goals against average and.913 save percentage as they absorb 75 percent of the $5.666 million per year contract that he'll be earning for the next two seasons. The last time, five years ago with the then-Phoenix Coyotes, he had an exceptional run - nine wins, three shutouts and a goals-against average of 1.99 per game.
Smith doesn't have to be a top-10 netminder for the Flames to have success next season; they qualified for the postseason when ranking in the bottom 10 in total goaltending. The Coyotes can protect Johnson in the upcoming draft.