Stability aids Coyotes' FA pitch 

July, 4, 2013
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Mike SmithNorm Hall/NHLI/Getty ImagesPitch pipes: Mike Smith is helping the Coyotes' recruiting efforts.
Coyotes goalie Mike Smith was at dinner Tuesday night when the Glendale City Council meeting was being held that would determine the future of the franchise in Arizona. His wife kept tabs on the debate on Twitter and, when the couple returned home, the streamed video of the vote on their computer.

He wasn't nervous. He had just signed a six-year deal and felt good about the future of the franchise. He thought there would be enough yes votes to keep the team in Glendale but was told that if it didn't pass the team was likely moving to Seattle.