The Coyotes have signed Clayton Keller to an 8-year deal worth $57.2 million ($7.15M AAV).
Keller was set to become a restricted free agent after this 2020 season but the Coyotes locked him up early. Keller had a tremendous rookie season but took a step backward in 2019 but his shooting percentage and on-ice SH% should see some positive regression in 2020. Keller’s new contract makes him the highest-paid forward on the Coyotes, surpassing Phil Kessel’s $6.8 AAV.
The Coyotes have re-signed Adin Hill to a one-year, two-way contract.
Hill spent most of the 2019 in the AHL, but also went 7-5-0 with a 2.76 GAA, .901 SV% and one shutout in 13 NHL contests. The former third-round pick was 16-19-2 with a 2.61 GAA and .906 SV% in 36 games in Tucson (AHL). With Antti Raanta and Darcy Kuemper firmly ahead of him on the depth chart, Hill will open the 2020 season with the Roadrunners.
The Coyotes ave signed Ivan Prosvetov to a three-year, entry-level contract.
The Coyotes have signed Victor Soderstrom to a three-year, entry-level contract.
The Coyotes have re-signed Michael Bunting to a two-year, two-way contract.
The Coyotes have signed Hudson Fasching to a two-year, two-way contract.
The Coyotes have re-signed Lawson Crouse to a three-year, $4.59M ($1.53M AAV) contract extension.
The Coyotes have signed Beau Bennett to a one-year, two-way.
The Coyotes have signed Aaron Ness to a two-year, two-way contract.
The Coyotes have signed Andy Miele to a two-year, two-way contract.
The Coyotes have acquired Dane Birks, Phil Kessel and a 2020 fourth-round pick from the Penguins for Alex Galchenyuk and Pierre-Olivier Joseph.
Birks was originally a sixth-round pick (No.164 overall) in 2013 and is simply a contract moving to Arizona. The 23-year-old spent almost the entire 2018-19 season with the Wheeling Nailers (ECHL), where he had one goal and 13 assists (14 points) in 65 games.
The Coyotes have acquired Phil Kessel, Dane Birks and a 2020 fourth-round pick from the Penguins for Alex Galchenyuk and Pierre-Olivier Joseph.
After registering a career-high 92 points in 2017-18, Kessel’s numbers dropped off a bit in 2018-19 but he still tied for 18thin the NHL in assists (55) and red for 23rd in points (82). Moving to Arizona should allow Kessel to play a massive role, similar to his days in Toronto. Kessel is capable of being a 30-goal, 50-assist winger for the Coyotes in 2019-20.
The Coyotes have acquired Carl Soderberg from the Avalanche for Kevin Connauton and a 2020 third-round pick.
Soderberg, who has one-year left at $4.75M AAV, set a new career-high with 23 goals last season while adding 26 assists (49 points) in 82 games with Colorado. Heading to Arizona means that he will likely remain in a second-line centre role behind Derek Stepan and shutdown centre Brad Richardson.
With the No.11 Pick in the 2019 NHL Draft the Arizona Coyotes select Victor Soderstrom.
The Coyotes have signed Ilya Lyubushkin to a one-year contract extension.
Lyubushkin had four assists in 41 games with the Coyotes this season. The 25-year-old defenseman came to the NHL after spending six years in the KHL. Lyubushkin will likely serve as the Coyotes No.6/No.7 defenseman in 2019-20.
The Coyotes have signed Robbie Russo to a one-year, two-way contract.
After three years in the Red Wings organization, Russo joined the Coyotes last season and spent the entire campaign in Tucson (AHL). The 26-year-old led all Roadrunners defensemen in points with 39 (6G / 33A) in 67 games.
Kuemper led the Coyotes onto the ice for warmups.
Kuemper appears set to start Thursday despite leaving Tuesday’s game vs. the Kings after taking a stick to the eye. The playoffs is likely a motivating factor for Kuemper to be between the pipes tonight at less than 100 percent. Kuemper is 1-1-1 with a 3.27 GAA and .905 SV% in three starts against the Golden Knights this season.
Source: Dave Vest 04/4/19, 9:47 pm EST
Oesterle will be a healthy scratch on Thursday.
Oesetrle will come out of the lineup to allow Jakob Chychrun to draw back into the lineup after being a healthy scratch for the last three games.
Chychrun will draw into the Coyotes lineup on Thursday.
Chychrun has been a healthy scratch for the last three games but will replace Jordan Oesetrle in Vegas. Chychrun has five goals and 15 assists (20 points) in 52 games this season.