The Coyotes have signed Ryan McGregor to a three-year, entry-level contract on March 19th.
McGregor was originally a sixth-round pick of the Maple Leafs back in 2017 but never signed with the team. The 21-year-old appeared in four games with the Toronto Marlies (AHL) last year before returning to the Sarnia Sting (OHL) this year. He was third on the team with 68 points (27G / 41A) in 52 games.
Chychrun (hip) will not play Monday but is "close" to returning to the Coyotes lineup.
Chychrun will miss his seventh consecutive game on Monday but it seems likely that he could be available for Thursday's crucial matchup with the Canucks. With Chychrun out, Oliver Ekman-Larsson is playing 24:31 ATOI and Jordan Oesterle has seen a massive uptick to 19:41 ATOI.
Garland is week-to-week with a lower-body injury.
Garland is expected to miss three weeks, which could effectively end his 2020 campaign. This is a huge-blow for the Coyotes, who lose their leading goal-scorer in the middle of a playoff race.
Kuemper will start in Winnipeg on Monday.
Kuemper allowed three goals on 34 shots in the Coyotes loss in Calgary on Friday. Since coming back from a lengthy injury absence, Kuemper has gone 1-2-0 with a 2.37 GAA and .929 SV% in three starts. Tonight he faces the Jets, who he has been terrific against over the last three years--winning three in a row while stopping 102 of the 108 shots (.944 SV%) that he's faced. As for Winnipeg, they're on a five-game home winning streak while averring 3.80 goals for and just 1.20 goals against per game.
Kuemper will start Friday in Calgary.
Kuemper will start Wednesday in Vancouver.
Kuemper allowed two goals on 26 shots in the Coyotes loss to the Panthers last Tuesday. With Antti Raanta starting last Saturday, Kuemper has had over one week off. He was solid in his return from injury and is 9-2-1 with a 1.95 GAA and .933 SV% on the road this year. The Canucks are 12-2-1 while scoring 3.39 goals per game in their last 15 home games.
Demers (oblique) will be a game-time decision on Saturday.
Demers has missed the last 12 games and is questionable to play tonight vs. the Sabres. Head coach Rich Tocchet said that he is likely to play and would replace Aaron Ness, but monitor his status as the Coyotes hit the ice for warmups (7:30 pm ET).
Raanta will start Saturday vs. the Sabres.
Kuemper will start Tuesday vs. the Panthers.
Tonight will be Darcy Kuemper's first start since December 19th. During his one-game AHL conditioning stint, Kuemper stopped 26 of 28 shots in a loss. Kuemper has gone 6-6-1 with a 2.39 GAA and .925 SV% on home ice this season and tonight he faces a Panthers team that is 3-7-1 while averaging 2.64 goals for and 3.82 goals against in their last 11 games.
Demers (oblique) is expected to miss at least one more game.
Demers practice partially with the team on Monday but will not play on Tuesday. It will be the 12th straight game that he's missed but could be back as early as Saturday vs. Buffalo.
Chychrun is week-to-week with a hip injury.
Chychrun missed the last two games with a hip injury that he suffered in Dallas last Wednesday. GM John Chayka met with the media on Monday and listed the young defenseman as week-to-week, which leaves a huge hole on their blueline as they try to lock-up a playoff spot in the Western Conference. So long as Chychrun is out, look for Aaron Ness to remain with the Coyotes.
The Coyotes have acquired Markus Hannikainen from the Coyotes for a conditional 2020 seventh-round pick.
Hannikainen has not played in an NHL game this season after picking up seven points (4G / 3A) in 44 games with Columbus last year. Instead he's got 18 points (7G / 11A) in 28 AHL games and is expected to Tucson (AHL) where he can build on that.
The Coyotes have recalled Darcy Kuemper from his conditioning loan with Tucson (AHL).
Source: AHL.com 02/23/20, 4:42 pm EST