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GLENDALE, ARIZONA - Arizona Coyotes General Manager John Chayka announced today that the Coyotes have signed Shane Doan to a one-year contract. As per Club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.
"We are thrilled to have Shane back for another year," said Chayka. "No one has done more for this franchise than Shane. He's one of the best captains in the NHL and we are lucky to have him."
The host of Dean Blundell & Co. goes on an epic rant about Shane Doan, “a guy that looks forward to sucking every season.”
from Sarah McLellan of azcentral,
Coyotes captain Shane Doan agreed to a one-year contract late Monday night to remain with the only franchise he's ever played for, league sources said.
The deal contains a base salary of $2.5 million, a source said, a deferred signing bonus and incentives that essentially amount to $5 million.
Doan is coming off a four-year, $21.2 million deal and one of the most successful seasons of his career as he led the Coyotes in goals with 28, tying his third-highest output and doubling his production from 2014-15.
GLENDALE, ARIZONA - Arizona Coyotes General Manager John Chayka announced today that the Coyotes have signed defenseman Alex Goligoski to a five-year contract. As per Club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.
"We are thrilled to sign Alex to a long term contract," said Chayka. "Alex is a great skater and a smart, efficient defenseman who moves the puck well and makes his teammates better. He will help solidify our defense and support the growth of our young players. He will be a great addition to our team and we welcome him and his wife Amanda to the pack."
GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- Arizona Coyotes General Manager John Chayka announced today that the Coyotes have acquired the San Jose Sharks' 2016 4th round draft choice (120th overall) and the Sharks' 2017 3rd round draft choice (previously Detroit's pick) in exchange for forward Maxim Letunov and a 2017 6th round draft choice.
GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- Arizona Coyotes General Manager John Chayka announced today that the Coyotes have acquired the negotiating rights to pending free agent defenseman Alex Goligoski from the Dallas Stars in exchange for a fifth round draft choice in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. The Coyotes can negotiate with Goligoski until July 1. If a new contract isn't reached with Goligoski before that date, the 30-year-old defenseman would become an unrestricted free agent.
Last season, the 5-foot-11, 185 pound defenseman played in all 82 games for the Stars, recording 5-32-37, 34 penalty minutes and was a plus-21. Goligoski ranked seventh on the Stars in scoring and was second among all Stars’ defensemen in points. He also played in 13 playoff games with the Stars, registering 4-3-7 and 6 penalty minutes.
In 562 career NHL games with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Dallas Stars, the native of Grand Rapid, Minnesota has collected 55-222-277 and 200 penalty minutes. Goligoski was drafted by the Penguins in the second round (61st overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.
Dallas release is below...
from Sarah McLellan of azcentral sports,
In renovating their front-office structure since the season ended, the Coyotes have ushered in a new order that accentuates innovation and teamwork amid a player-first approach.
And although this model emerged only earlier this month when the Coyotes appointed John Chayka as general manager, it’s likely to be put into practice when the team shifts its draft preparation to the NHL scouting combine.
“It’s just about gathering as much information as possible,” Chayka said. “The combine is an opportunity to use that information in conjunction with your scouts’ evaluation to ensure you have the best chance to draft the best player, and so we’re really going to dig in and try to find any little advantage we can to help us make a better decision.”
The combine kicks off Sunday in Buffalo and runs through June 4, giving teams the opportunity to sift through 114 prospects before the draft begins June 24.
Scottsdale’s Auston Matthews and Finnish standouts Patrik Laine and Jesse Puljujarvi are among those expected to attend. Players will participate in medical and fitness testing and interviews. The Coyotes plan to bring in a sports psychologist to help elicit a more in-depth profile on the athletes.
“Hopefully through that process we add just another piece to the puzzle of who’s the best Arizona Coyote that can be part of our leadership group,” Chayka said.
Since moving to Glendale under cash-poor ownership, the Coyotes have generally fielded bargain-basement teams that rely on grit, defense and goaltending. Other than Shane Doan -- who is more beloved for his captaincy and exemplary character than his style of play – there’s a dearth of identifiable faces in uniform.
It’s true that you’ll find a professional hockey team in Glendale. But there hasn’t been a lot to cheer for, and not a lot of incentive to cover the time, fuel costs, and hours on the road.
-Dan Bickley of azcentral sports where you can read more on the Coyotes.
from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,
Ready or not, the humbled and grateful Chayka steps in after emerging as the best of 10-to-12 candidates ownership spoke to for the gig. This after just one season as an assistant GM in Arizona, where his work touched "all areas of hockey operations including NHL, minor league and amateur player evaluation as well as player development and coaching support."
Experienced, life-long hockey men such as Paul Fenton, Mike Futa, Julien BriseBois, and Les Jackson (reportedly the one candidate Arizona could not come to terms with after "extensive interviews") remain outside Club GM, while a whip-smart fast-tracker from Jordan Station, Ont., slipped through the velvet ropes faster than you can say "defensive zone start."
Chayka is best known for co-founding and directing Stathletes Inc., a hockey analytics firm that tracks data through an intensive video analysis process and searches for objective insight into player and team performance tendencies.
Below, watch Chayka with a one-on-one after today's press conference...
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