Mike Smith comfortable in the heat

Updated: May 1, 2012, 2:05 PM ET
By Pierre LeBrun | ESPN.com

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Less than 15 months ago, Mike Smith was available to any team in the NHL, placed on waivers by the Tampa Bay Lightning for the purpose of sending him to the minors.

He cleared.

You can imagine what some of those teams are thinking today, with Smith putting up Vezina Trophy numbers in the regular season and delivering a Conn Smythe-worthy performance three weeks into the NHL playoffs.

No doubt Steve Yzerman must be wondering about his decision to cut ties with ...

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