Smith's future with Coyotes


Unless the Phoenix Coyotes change their conservative spending ways -- and only new, yet-to-be entrenched ownership has the power to forge a different path in that regard -- it may be difficult to hold onto pending UFA Mike Smith. Crunching the numbers, Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic suggests the club has a maximum of $11 million to spend ahead of next season. And, once a few key pieces are re-inked, that won't leave a lot left over for the club's No. 1 netminder.