Dvorak (lower-body) still hasn’t skated in training camp.
The Coyotes have not had any updates on Dvorak’s status, other than they had “some encouraging stuff but ti’s still a process.” With Dvorak not skating and Alex Galchenyuk out with a lower-body, the Coyotes are without two of their top-3 centres. If Dvorak misses the start of the season, Clayton Keller could move to centre for the time being.
Strome (upper-body) played in Monday’s preseason game.
Strome who was dealing with an upper-body injury practiced on Sunday and returned to the Coyotes lineup on Monday. This is good news for the Coyotes, who were missing three of their top-4 centres over the weekend with Strome, Alex Galchenyuk and Christian Dvorak all on the mend. The 21-year-old had 53 points (22G / 31A) in 50 AHL games last season and could take on a bigger role to start the season if Galchenyuk is forced to miss any time.
Galchenyuk could miss the start of the regular season with a lower-body injury.
Galchenyuk, who was acquired from the Canadiens this summer, suffered a lower-body injury during last Tuesday’s preseason game. With their No.2 centre out right now, Clayton Keller shifted to the middle while they wait for Galchenyuk to return. Both Christian Dvorak and Dylan Strome could take on larger roles too if Galchenyuk misses the start of the campaign.
The Coyotes signed Christian Dvorak to a six-year, $26.7M extension ($4.45M AAV).
The Coyotes have acquired Jordan Oesterle, Marian Hossa, Vinnie Hinostroza and a 2019 3rd Round Pick from the Blackhawks for Marcus Kruger, Andrew Campbell, MacKenzie Entwistle, Jordan Maletta and a 2019 5th Round Pick.
The Coyotes have acquired Vinnie Hinostroza, Marian Hossa, Jordan Oesterle and a 2019 3rd Round Pick from the Blackhawks for Marcus Kruger, Andrew Campbell, MacKenzie Entwistle, Jordan Maletta and a 2019 5th Round Pick.
The Coyotes have acquired Marian Hossa, Vinnie Hinostroza, Jordan Oesterle and a 2019 3rd Round Pick from the Blackhawks for Marcus Kruger, Andrew Campbell, MacKenzie Entwistle, Jordan Maletta and a 2019 5th Round Pick.
The Coyotes have signed Barrett Hayton to a three-year, entry-level contract.
Hayton, 18, who was a bit of a surprise pick at No.5 overall this June, will likely head back to Sault Ste. Marie (OHL) for the 2019 season. Hayton had 21 goals and 39 assists (60 points) in 63 games last season will be given a shot to make the team, but the Coyotes have shown to be patient with their prospects in recent years.
The Coyotes have re-signed Dakota Mermis to a one-year, two-way contract.
Mermis spent most of the 2018 season in the AHL, where he had two goals and 17 assists (19 points) in 59 games with Tucson. He had a nine-game stint with the Coyotes and will fight for a spot as their No.6/7 defenseman in training camp.
The Coyotes re-signed Brad Richardson to a two-year contract worth $2.5M ($1.25M AAV).
Richardson is entering his fourth season with the Coyotes and he has become one of their key penalty killers and fourth liners. Richardson is coming off of a down offensive year, but has the ability to chip-in 25-plus points.
The Coyotes have signed Michael Grabner to a three-year contract worth $10.05M ($3.35M AAV).
Over the last two seasons, Grabner is tied for 35th in the NHL with 54 goals. However, he leads the league in empty net goals (11) over that span. That’s 20.4 percent of his goals without a goalie, so don’t expect the 30-year-old to score 25-plus goals each year. In Arizona, he brings a ton of speed, some offence and penalty killing to a young team in need of all of those qualities.
The Coyotes signed Kevin Connauton to a two-year extension worth $2.75M ($1.375M AAV).
Connauton is coming off of his best season in the NHL, scoring 11 goals with 10 assists (21 points) in 73 games with the Coyotes. Connauton averaged just 15:11 TOI/GM, so expect him to serve as a third pairing defenseman again in 2019.
The Coyotes select Barrett Hayton with the No.5 overall pick.
Hayton projects to be a middle-6 pivot thanks to his solid two-way game. Hayton had 21 goals and 39 assists (60 points) in 63 games with Sault Ste. Marie (OHL) this season and has a game that looks similar to Ducks’ centre Adam Henrique.
The Coyotes acquired Alex Galchenyuk from the Canadiens for Max Domi on Saturday.
Galchenyuk, 24, has disappointed since being picked No.3 overall in 2012. Galchenyuk had a breakout campaign in 2015-16, when he collected 30 goals and 26 assists, but is tied for 110th in points (95) in two years since. Galchenyuk has had a difficult time sticking at centre during his NHL career, but the Coyotes are expected to use him as a pivot, likely on the second line behind Derek Stepan.
The Blackhawks have signed Vinnie Hinostroza to a two-year contract extension last Friday.
Hinostroza, 24, is a Chicago native who was drafted in the sixth round in 2012 and set career-highs in games (50), goals (7), assists (18) and points (25) with the Blackhawks last season. He also spent some time in Rockford (AHL) where he was near a point-per-game with 22 points (9G / 13A) in 23 games. Hinostroza projects to be a middle-6 forward to start the 2019 season.
Raanta will start Saturday vs. the Ducks.
Source: Dave Vest 04/7/18, 2:19 pm EST
The Coyotes have signed Antti Raanta to a three-year extension worth $12.75M ($4.25M AAV).
Kuemper will start Thursday in Vancouver.
Source: Dave Vest 04/5/18, 1:44 pm EST
The Coyotes have recalled Dakota Mermis from Tucson (AHL).
Mermis, 24, has two goals and 17 assists (19 points) in 57 games with the Roadrunners this season. He returns to the NHL, where he failed to record a point in seven games with the Coyotes earlier this season.
Raanta will start Tuesday in Calgary.
Source: Dave Vest 04/3/18, 2:35 pm EST