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Oliver Ekman-Larsson Named Captain Of The Coyotes

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - Arizona Coyotes President of Hockey Operations and General Manager John Chayka and Head Coach Rick Tocchet announced today that defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson has been named as the Coyotes' new team captain. Ekman-Larsson becomes the fourth captain in Coyotes' history (Keith Tkachuk, Teppo Numminen and Shane Doan). He previously served as an alternate captain the last four seasons (2014-15 to 2017-18).

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Oliver Ekman-Larsson On The Direction Of The Arizona Coyotes

from Mike Zeisberger of NHL.com,

"I'm very excited about our team," Ekman-Larsson said last month at the NHL European Player Media Tour. "Obviously, I looked around a little bit and looked at the options I had because I felt I needed to do my research so I could confidently say I made the right decision. It felt great to stay in Arizona."

Part of Ekman-Larsson's research came by picking the brain of general manager John Chayka about the direction the Coyotes are headed.

"We worked it out," Ekman-Larsson said. "It didn't take too long to figure everything out. At the same time, I was talking to Chayka about what was going on. I wanted to make sure we were going in the right direction, and I feel super comfortable that we are.

"I was looking for small steps to get better, and that's what I think we're doing. That's what it takes to get ahead in this league. We want to be better this year, we want to win more games, and I think we're in position to do so."

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Richard Panik Pleads Guilty To Criminal Trespass

via TMZ,

Arizona Coyotes winger Richard Panik pled guilty to criminal trespass on Wednesday stemming from an incident where he allegedly drunkenly refused to leave a Scottsdale bar.

The Scottsdale Police Dept. responded to an incident involving Panik on April 8 outside Bevvy -- a cool sports bar with games, music and lots of alcohol.

Cops say 27-year-old Panik appeared wasted and refused to leave the entrance -- but it's unclear if he ever made it inside the bar.

Point of information ... Bevvy is located in the middle of a heavy bar scene so it seems like he may have been bar hopping and got denied at the door.

Bottom line ... Panik was initially booked into Scottsdale City Jail for criminal trespass -- and was ordered to appear back in court on Sept. 5.

Panik was facing up to 30 days in jail -- but according to court docs, he cut a plea deal and won't serve another minute behind bars as long as he completes a court-ordered diversion program. 

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A Six-Year Extension For Christian Dvorak In Arizona

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - Arizona Coyotes President of Hockey Operations & General Manager John Chayka announced today that the Coyotes have signed center Christian Dvorak to a six-year contract extension. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

"We are very pleased to sign Christian to a long-term contract," said Chayka. "Christian is a highly skilled, reliable, two-way center who continues to improve each season.  He will be a key player for us in the future and we are thrilled to have him with us for the next seven seasons."

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Report- Arizona Coyotes Owner Wants To Sell 49% Of The Team

from Mike Ozanian of Forbes,

Andrew Barroway, the owner of the Arizona Coyotes, is looking to sell 49% of the National Hockey League team at a $500 million valuation, according to multiple sources.

Barroway became the majority owner of the Coyotes in December, 2014 and the sole owner of the hockey team in June, 2017.

The fact that Barroway is now seeking cash for his team is not surprising. When he bought out his partners I wrote: "Barroway's buyout of his partners is the riskiest deal I can recall in recent memory...Barroway and the Coyotes are now leveraged to the hilt. As of now, the Coyotes have $250 million of debt. There is $100 million of NHL credit facility debt and two loans from MGG Investment Group; one for $100 million with about a 10% interest rate and a payment-in-kind loan for $50 million that would be redeemed in six years for $100 million."

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Marian Hossa’s Contract May Be Headed To Arizona

 

added 3:04pm,

 

 

added 3:10pm, Chicago statement on Marian Hossa below.

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A Two-Year Deal With Niklas Hjalmarsson And The Arizona Coyotes

via Sportsnet,

The Arizona Coyotes have agreed to a two-year, $10 million contract extension with defenceman Niklas Hjalmarsson that will begin in 2019. The deal can’t be officially signed until July 1.

Hjalmarsson, 31, is entering the final year of a five-year, $20.5 million contract that he signed with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2014. He was acquired by the Coyotes from the Blackhawks in a trade last summer.

In 48 games last season, Hjalmarsson had one goal, eight points and 18 penalty minutes.

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Afternoon Line- Liam Kirk

"I have to admit it was very emotional and a bit overwhelming when I first heard, it was probably one of the best feelings I've ever experienced. Even when it got to the seventh round and I hadn’t been picked I was getting a bit more nervous and anxious. "But, when it finally happened, it was amazing. I don’t really care what round it came in or which pick it was, I just wanted to be drafted and now it’s all about what I do after the draft."

- Liam Kirk, a 7th round pick by the Arizona Coyotes and the first English-born and trained player to be drafted.  More from Phil Harrison of the Yorkshire Post.

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Video/Audio- Alex Galchenyuk And Max Domi Needed A Change Of Scenery

Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet breaks down the trade.

 

 

added 7:30am, Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette on the trade,

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Montreal Trades Alex Galchenyuk. For Max Domi

added 9:42pm, Montreal press release is below.

added 9:49pm, Arizona release is below.

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