The Arizona Coyotes have today announced they have signed a new two-year contract extension with defenceman Jordan Oesterle.
Jordan Oesterle joined the Arizona Coyotes last summer in a trade that saw the team also receive Vinnie Hinostroza and Chicago’s third-round pick in this year’s draft, along with Marian Hossa‘s contract.
The deal saw the Coyotes part with a number of minor pieces, including their fifth-round pick in this year’s draft, and early returns have certainly benefitted Rick Tocchet‘s team.
Oesterle and Hinostroza have both become integral parts to the NHL team’s line-up this season, helping to overcome the slew of injuries suffered by their teammates.
So far in 2018/19, Oesterle has played 51 regular season games for the Coyotes – approaching his career-high 55 in a single season.
Oesterle is also having the best season of his career in terms of offensive production, earning six goals and 20 total points already – improving on last season’s total of 15 (five goals, ten assists).
The 26-year-old has averaged 19:02 on the ice this season and has already eclipsed 100 blocked shots, adding a further 37 hits and 17 takeaways.
While he’s on the ice, Oesterle often sees opponents create more chances than the Coyotes, seeing his Corsi rating sitting at 47%.
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Despite this, the Michigan native has helped the Arizona Coyotes come within one point of the final wildcard spot – a surprising position for the team considering their injury situation.
Now the Coyotes can sit in comfort knowing that they have Oesterle locked down for a further two seasons, though details of the contract have not been officially announced by the team.
According to CapFriendly, however, they have listed Oesterle as having an annual cap hit and AAV of $1.4 million over the next two seasons – though this has been unconfirmed.
The details of Oesterle’s new deal will no doubt come out eventually and will be updated, but as things stand it looks to be a very nice, low-cost deal for a player that is growing into his role with the team very well.
It has been an interesting season for the Arizona Coyotes and Oesterle has been right in the middle of it, contributing in all areas of the game.
The Coyotes have a number of free agents this summer, so seeing Oesterle locked up could be the first step towards keeping the majority of them – with the likes of Ilya Lyubushkin, Conor Garland and Nick Cousins all needing new deals.
What do you think of this news Coyotes fans? Are you pleased to see Oesterle stay? What about the team’s other free agents? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!