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A Look At The Arizona Coyotes

from John Lane of NHL.com,

After the NHL Draft, free agency and other offseason moves, NHL.com is examining where each team stands in preparation for the 2021-22 regular season, which starts Oct. 12. Today, the Arizona Coyotes:

Key arrivals

Shayne Gostisbehere, D: The 28-year-old was acquired July 22 from the Philadelphia Flyers, along with a second-round pick and a seventh-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft, in a trade for future considerations. He scored 20 points (nine goals, 11 assists) and averaged 19:56 of ice time in 41 games last season. … Carter Hutton, G: The 35-year-old signed a one-year contract July 28. He was 1-10-1 with a 3.47 goals-against average and an .886 save percentage in 13 games (12 starts) for the Buffalo Sabres last season. … Anton Stralman, D: The 35-year-old was acquired July 26 from the Florida Panthers, along with defenseman prospect Vladislav Kolyachonok and a second-round pick in the 2024 NHL Draft, in a trade for a seventh-round pick in the 2023 NHL Draft. He scored nine points (three goals, six assists) in 38 games and did not score a point in five playoff games last season. … Ryan Dzingel, F: The 29-year-old signed a one-year contract July 28 after scoring 13 points (eight goals, five assists) in 40 games for the Carolina Hurricanes and Ottawa Senators last season. … Andre Tourigny, coach: The 47-year-old was hired July 1 after it was announced May 9 that Rick Tocchet would not return as coach after four seasons. Tourigny is a two-time Ontario Hockey League coach of the year (2018-19, 2019-20) and was an assistant for first-place Canada at the 2021 IIHF World Championship.

What they still need

More production from the young forward core of Clayton Keller, 23; Nick Schmaltz, 25; Barrett Hayton, 21; and Christian Dvorak, 25. The four combined to score 43 goals last season, when the Coyotes, led by 33-year-old forward Phil Kessel in goals (20) and points (43), saw their goals per game drop to 2.68 from 2.71 in 2019-20. Arizona also could use improved play on the penalty kill, which was tied with the Minnesota Wild for 11th in the NHL (80.8 percent) after it was fifth (82.7 percent) in 2019-20.


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ilovehomers's avatar

What they still need


Posted by ilovehomers on 08/10/21 at 08:55 AM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

By taking on about $10M in cap hit, the Yotes got Gostisbehere, Stralman, a defenseman prospect, two seconds and a seventh in exchange for one seventh and “future considerations.” Not bad.

Combined with other trades, they have a total of seven picks in the first two rounds next year (two firsts and five seconds).

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 08/10/21 at 05:27 PM ET

bigfrog's avatar

Sadly they look like a dumpster fire. confused

Posted by bigfrog on 08/10/21 at 06:11 PM ET

SYF's avatar

And if Armstrong manages to move Kessel for more draft picks, he has done more for that organization than the previous GMs since its inception in the desert.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 08/10/21 at 07:15 PM ET

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