Mike Smith has no intention of walking away from his lucrative contract with the Minnesota Wild, despite being cut by the team on Monday.
Smith, the team’s top goaltender, signed a two-year, $5 million contract extension with the Wild last summer.
Smith has won two Stanley Cups in Minnesota.
But the 28-year-old goalie is the first to publicly acknowledge that he wants to stay in the city.
“We will see,” Smith told reporters Tuesday.
“I’m looking forward to it.
But I’m going to be ready for whatever the day comes.”
Smith, who will turn 30 in September, has a 1.92 goals-against average and a .907 save percentage in 37 appearances for the Wild this season.
Smith and his wife, Michelle, are expecting their first child, a daughter named Molly.
Smith was cut by Minnesota on Monday, one day after the Wild eliminated the New York Rangers in the second round of the playoffs.
Smith’s departure came less than a week after the club released veteran goalie Scott Darling, who was cut as well.
Darling and Smith were the last two Wild goaltenders on the roster.