Player News - Coyotes

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Ilya Lyubushkin has signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Arizona Coyotes.

Lyubushkin, 24, was never drafted by an NHL club. He had nine points and 73 penalty minutes in 50 KHL contests this season. "We are pleased to sign Ilya to a one-year contract," said Coyotes GM John Chayka. "Ilya is a big, physical defenseman who skates well and moves the puck effectively. He will add size and toughness to our blueline."
Source: NHL.com
May 23 - 5:13 PM

Oliver Ekman-Larsson had two goals and seven points in 10 games in the 2018 World Championships.

Ekman-Larsson's efforts helped him earn a gold medal with Team Sweden. He was also selected as part of the tournament's All-Star team. "It feels great," Ekman-Larsson said. "We played a really good tournament, and everybody has been working so hard. It's so fun that everybody gets to experience this feeling." This is the second straight gold medal for Sweden and Ekman-Larsson at the Worlds. He also won an Olympic silver medal in 2014.
May 23 - 7:31 AM

Arizona GM John Chayka expects Dylan Strome to establish himself as an NHLer next season.

"I spoke to Dylan and told him we have high expectations for him," Chayka said. "We've made him earn things, and playing a top-six center position as a 20-year-old is a very hard thing to do. I think in his latest segment where he came up and played, I thought he showed a lot of improvement. I thought he proved a lot to himself and his teammates that he can handle that type of role and be productive. He's been productive his whole life. It's always good to see progression, and I think we've seen that with Dylan." Strome had a successful first AHL season with 22 goals and 53 points in 50 contests. He also had eight points in nine postseason contests and nine points in 21 appearances with the Coyotes in 2017-18.
May 22 - 7:00 PM

Oliver Ekman-Larsson is reportedly in talks with the Coyotes for an eight-year contract extension worth slightly above $8 million per season.

Sources familiar with the discussion told ArizonaSports.com about the reported deal for the Ekman-Larsson, who can become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2018-19 season. He can sign an extension on July 1. Ekman-Larsson is playing for Sweden at the IIHF World Championship and GM John Chayka, who is attending the tournament, couldn't be reached for a comment.
May 16 - 4:10 PM

David Ullstrom has signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Arizona Coyotes.

"David is a big, strong center who is an excellent skater," said Coyotes GM John Chayka. "He has previous NHL experience and will provide us with additional depth at the center position." Ullstrom notched six goals and 30 points in 47 games with HV71 of the SHL during the 2017-18 campaign. He was originally taken by the New York Islanders in the fourth round (102nd overall) of the 2008 NHL Draft. Ullstrom hasn't played in the NHL since 2012-13.
May 15 - 3:00 PM

It wouldn't be surprising if the Coyotes let Brad Richardson walk as an unrestricted free agent.

Richardson can test the market this summer. The Coyotes have already acquired Marcus Kruger from Carolina, which potentially fills the fourth-line center slot that Richardson would have occupied. It's possible though that Arizona will still sign Richardson and one of them will shift to the wing at the start of the campaign, but with Kruger on the roster, the Coyotes' priorities are likely elsewhere.
May 9 - 7:07 AM

Coyotes GM John Chayka revealed that Marcus Kruger played through the 2017-18 campaign with a sports hernia.

Kruger underwent hernia surgery roughly two weeks ago as a result. That might help explain Kruger's struggles last season. He had a goal and six points in 48 games with Carolina and was eventually sent to the AHL. The Hurricanes dealt Kruger to Arizona on Thursday and clearly Chayka is hoping that Kruger bounces back. "You take (the injury) into consideration, but at the same time you think he got a repair done (where) the recovery is pretty straightforward," Chayka said. "We think that’ll get the jump back in his skate and it’ll be a real useful and helpful piece to our lineup."
May 4 - 5:17 AM

The Arizona Coyotes have officially acquired Marcus Kruger and a 2018 third-round pick from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for Jordan Martinook and a 2018 fourth-round selection.

When Kruger's at his best, he's a solid bottom-six forward, but he struggled with the Carolina Hurricanes last season and ended up in the AHL. This trade offers him a fresh start while also allowing Carolina to get out from under the final year of Kruger's contract, which comes with a $3,083,333 cap hit.
Source: NHL.com
May 3 - 4:13 PM

The Arizona Coyotes and Carolina Hurricanes are reportedly working on a trade that involves Marcus Kruger.

Kruger will come with a $3,083,333 annual cap hit in 2018-19 before becoming an unrestricted free agent. It would make sense for the Hurricanes to try and get out from under that contract given that Kruger finished the season in the AHL. Arizona's Jordan Martinook reportedly might also be involved in the deal, but there might be some draft picks and/or salary also included.
May 3 - 3:58 PM

Coyotes GM John Chayka will be exploring his trade options when it comes to the Coyotes' top draft pick.

Last year, Chayka dealt the seventh overall selection (Lias Andersson) and prospect Tony DeAngelo to the Rangers acquire Derek Stepan and Antti Raanta. So far the prospects the Rangers got in that deal have looked promising, but the Coyotes have to be happy with their end of that trade too as Raanta settled in nicely as the Coyotes' starter while Stepan finished second on the squad in terms of points. This year, the Coyotes are guaranteed to get one of the top-six picks, but Chayka is open to making another trade. "I’ll definitely be active," Chayka said. "There’s no doubt about that. I think that’s an opportunity to make some moves and it’s an opportunity for us to improve our group. … Ultimately, you need someone to say ‘yes.’ As the draft comes, you try to be more active as well."
Apr 26 - 4:27 AM

Max Domi is eligible for restricted free agency on July 1.

Domi just played the final season of his entry-level contract. He only had nine goals and finished with 45 points in 82 games, but he got better late in the year. Domi generated four goals and 14 assists over the final 20 contests. "Unfortunately, it was one of those seasons where I wasn't the player I would liked to have been," he said. "You have to find ways to figure out where you went wrong, understand that, and not sulk about it. You have to accept it and make sure it doesn't happen again next year. With that being said, I'm excited with how we finished at the end of year. Everyone was playing their best hockey of the year, so you take that momentum and bring it back for next year."
Source: Dave Vest
Apr 24 - 4:36 PM

Clayton Keller has been selected as a Calder Trophy finalist.

Keller had 23 goals and 65 points in 82 contests this season. He was particularly effective down the stretch as he scored nine goals and 29 points in his final 29 games.
Apr 22 - 2:59 PM

Dylan Strome scored twice in a losing cause Saturday.

Strome is playing for Tucson as the Coyotes were eliminated from the post-season. He is finally coming into his own after going third overall in 2015, behind only Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel. He had eight points in his last 10 games with Arizona and should be the Coyotes number one center as early as next season. Draft him late.
Apr 22 - 7:19 AM

Pavel Datsyuk has signed a one-year extension with SKA St. Petersburg of the KHL.

Datsyuk has played in the KHL for the past two seasons. The 39-year-old forward posted eight goals and 35 points in 37 matches in 2017-18. He also had six assists in six games for Olympic Athletes from Russia en route to a gold medal. That puts Datsyuk in the "Triple Gold Club," which consists of Olympic gold, gold at the World Championship and a Stanley Cup.
Apr 18 - 8:59 AM

Richard Panik was arrested in Scottsdale, Arizona, according to multiple sources, for trespassing.

According to ABC 15 Arizona, Panik allegedly refused to leave the entrance of Bevvy, which is a champagne bar and cocktail lounge in Scottsdale, on April 8. The report mentioned that Panik appeared intoxicated and he was released later with a criminal citation.
Apr 17 - 4:47 PM


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