"This is Mike Smith, goaltender for the Phoenix Coyotes."

The telephone greeting Smith recently used still applies, but it could be outdated sooner rather than later.

Smith is the team's top unrestricted free agent, and he'll be the most coveted goalie July 5 when the free-agent market opens for business. After only two seasons as a No. 1, Smith has made it clear he considers himself among the elite of the position and expects a salary to match.

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