Arizona Coyotes: Seven Players Get Offers-Nine Others Don’t


Arizona Coyotes Roster Moves – Qualifying Offers Made To 7, While 9 Others Are Passed On

The Arizona Coyotes made some roster moves on Monday

The following players were extended qualifying offers:

  • Mikkel Boedker – While he is still negotiating a new contract, the team wants him on the roster. Good decision.
  • Brendan Shinnimin – He was called up as a fill-in at times last season, and he will continue in that role.
  • Jordan Martinook – He was also called up and given a look last season. Another player who will be assigned to the Springfield, AHL affiliate to fill in when the need arises.
  • Brandon Gormley – Hasn’t quite reached his potential, and may need more seasoning at the AHL level. A good asset to keep at this point; he could be trade bait for deals GM Don Maloney may be working on to improve the team.
  • Klas Dahlbeck

    Acquired in the Antione Vermette deal with the Blackhawks. With the recent acquisition of Nicklas Grossmann from the Flyers, the team seems to be committing to a Swedish blue-line. With OEL, Grossman, and Dahlbeck the Coyotes have their own Swedish version of defense on the team. Dahlbeck definitely has potential.

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  • Philip SamuelssonA good blue-liner who will probably be playing in Arizona soon. He is a solid D-man who can pass very well, and needs a bit more development. I think the team realizes his potential, and wants to see more of how he can play in the NHL.
  • Louis Domingue He played backup to Mike Smith, and came in when Smitty was peppered a few times (or was it more than a few times…). With Mark Visentin NOT getting qualified after being injured most of last season, this was Domingue’s chance to become the backup. Unless GM Don Maloney plans on signing another backup goalie? Doubtful, since many have been available without Maloney making a move to sign one of them.
  • The following players were not extended qualifying offers, making them unrestricted free agents

    • Mark Arcobello Perhaps the biggest surprise of the roster moves made. He scored nine goals and 16 points in 27 games with the team after getting picked up off of waivers. The only downfall may be his lack of defense, and his size. Some team wanting instant offense will offer him a contract. I guess he just keeps his suitcase packed… ALWAYS.
    • Tye McGinn –  Another player claimed off waivers to fill empty roster spots after the team pretty well was in tank mode. Not a big surprise here.
    • Craig Cunningham – Just like McGinn, he was around to fill an empty roster spot, and wasn’t expected to be back.
    • Greg Carey –  AHL defenseman, who was not anything to write home about. Gone…
    • Darian Dziurzynski –  Another player who never got  a call-up from the Coyotes.
    • Philip Lane – Same as above
    • John MoorePart of the Keith Yandle trade, so this is a surprise, unless he just didn’t impress the team’s coaching staff and management. Or, unless GM Don Maloney is not done yet in his search for another defenseman, and Moore became expendable. In any case, I was surprised by this move. Perhaps Philip Samuelsson is getting a shot at a roster spot?
    • Mark Visentin – He seemed to be the heir-apparent to Mike Smith, but he missed most of last season with the Portland Pirates due to a foot injury. With him it seemed like, out of sight out of mind… and now out of a roster spot. What this tells me is the Arizona Coyotes feel pretty confident in Arin Hill, whom they just drafted on Saturday. Not only did they let Visentin go, they also said goodbye to another goalie, Mike Lee.

    What do these roster moves indicate? That perhaps, GM Don Maloney will be wheelin’ and dealin’ some more, and the team is trying to upgrade their playing level. Of the UFA’s, Erat, Crombeen, Moss, Campbell will probably not be back. If you do some financial calculations to include the RFA’s not receiving qualifying offers, that totals $7.365M. The team’s current salary cap is $39.2M with the Grossmann/Pronger for Gagner deal. That still leaves the team $20.9M to get to the salary cap basement. Get your shopping shoes on GMDM, we need some good players!

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