Player News - Coyotes

Date: Team: Pos:

The Arizona Coyotes have called up Brendan Shinnimin.

Shinnimin has nine goals and 25 points in 40 AHL games in 2014-15. The 24-year-old has also participated in two contests with Arizona and he's searching for his first NHL point.
Jan 28 - 12:09 PM

Tobias Rieder scored a goal in a 4-3 shootout loss to Philadelphia.

Rieder has found the back of the net in two of his last three games. He has seven goals and 13 points in 37 contests in 2014-15.
Jan 28 - 10:31 AM

Connor Murphy scored a goal in a 4-3 shootout loss against Philadelphia Tuesday night.

Murphy has three goals and six points in 42 games in 2014-15. Although he does very little offensively, it is worth noting that he has recorded 77 hits and 81 blocked shots this season.
Jan 28 - 10:29 AM

Mike Smith did his best to hold off the Flyers on Tuesday, but he was saddled with a loss after he stopped 39 of 42 shots in a 4-3 shootout defeat.

Smith has really been snakebitten this year and can't even buy a win on a night when he actually puts together a decent performance. His record falls to an ugly 7-20-4 with the loss while his GAA is 3.49 and his save percentage is .889.
Jan 27 - 11:12 PM

Martin Erat scored a goal and added an assist for the Coyotes in a 4-3 shootout loss to the Flyers Tuesday.

The multi-point game brings Erat's total to just 21 for the season, a poor showing considering he has suited up for 45 games. Tobias Rieder and Connor Murphy also found the back of the net in the defeat.
Jan 27 - 11:04 PM

Connor Murphy will face his father Gord Murphy, the Flyers' assistant coach on Tuesday night.

Gord Murphy played 14 seasons, including his first three and a half with Philadelphia starting in 1988-89. They were some of his most productive seasons in an otherwise unspectacular career during an era of offensive-defensemen in the 90's. Connor has no fantasy value at this time, but he was born while Gord played for Florida in 1993.
Jan 27 - 6:42 PM

BJ Crombeen and Chris Summers will sit Tuesday night against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Crombeen's 48 PIMs in 30 games may be useful for you, but he won't be in the lineup tonight. Summers however has no fantasy value to speak of.
Jan 27 - 6:34 PM

Zbynek Michalek will return Tuesday night against the Philadelphia Flyers.

He'll line up with Oliver Ekman-Larsson to form Arizona's second defensive pairing. Through 42 games, the veteran stay-at-home defender has seven points, 10 PIMs, 54 hits, and 99 blocks. A solid depth defender for leagues who reward players like him.
Jan 27 - 6:31 PM

Mike Smith will face the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night.

Through 31 appearances this season, Smith is 7-20-3 with a 3.60 GAA and and .887 save percentage. These stats make him either otherworldly in a reverse fantasy league that rewards leading the NHL in losses with 103 goals against, or not a viable fantasy option at all.
Jan 27 - 6:25 PM

Arizona has summoned Andrew Campbell from the minors.

He made his Coyotes debut on Dec. 6 against Boston and he has four games of NHL experience under his belt.
Jan 26 - 5:57 PM

Lucas Lessio has been called up by Arizona.

He scored his first NHL goal last Tuesday in a 6-1 loss to Chicago. Lessio has two points and 13 shots in nine matches this campaign with the Coyotes.
Jan 26 - 5:55 PM

Arizona Coyotes' General Manager Don Maloney believes Oliver Ekman-Larsson could be one of the best players in the entire NHL.

"You can see he's not only a star now but he has a chance to be one of the best players in the NHL for a long time," said Maloney. That is some high praise from Arizona's GM. The 23-year-old had a strong year in 2013-14, scoring 44 points in 80 games, but 2014-15 hasn't gone as well for him. Ekman-Larsson is on pace to score 37 points but he has a plus/minus rating of minus-15 through 46 games. The low rating has more to do with the team surrounding him. Ekman-Larsson does have immense potential.
Jan 25 - 3:22 PM

Oliver Ekman-Larsson has really turned his game around of late after a slow start to the season.

Ekman-Larsson is tied for the NHL lead in goals by a defenseman with 12 and has 21 points with a minus-15 rating in 46 games on a poor Arizona team but was minus-13 in his first 11 games, so he has played well since. He has eight power play goals to lead all defensemen. "Some of the adversity that he's faced early on in the year — he didn't play very well — those are all learning experiences that he'll go through that will make him a much better player," coach Dave Tippett said. "He wants to be that consistent, top player. You go through some adversity like that, you learn how to deal with those and make sure you're prepared every night." The 23-year-old is a stud defenseman who gets little recognition because he plays in the desert.
Jan 25 - 6:56 AM

Oliver Ekman-Larsson helped Team Foligno seal their 25-19 win in the NHL All-Star skills competition over Team Toews with two goals in the shootout event.

OEL, who beat Roberto Luongo on both goals, also showed off his slick stick handling during the skills challenge relay, deftly controlling the puck through a serious of pucks set in a line. One of the highlights of this one was Luongo’s sprawling save on on a dangle from Jiri Sekac. Team Foligno's win was never in doubt in this one, but the real thing comes Sunday. The All-Star Game will be held at 5 p.m ET.
Jan 24 - 9:30 PM

Mike McKenna has been called up by the Arizona Coyotes.

Goaltender Mike Lee was simultaneously sent to the minors. McKenna has a 2.09 GAA and .934 save percentage in 32 AHL contests. It's possible that he'll serve as the Coyotes' backup goaltender going forward, but given the timing of this move, the more likely scenario is that Lee will be recalled after the All-Star break and McKenna will return to AHL Portland.
Jan 21 - 1:08 PM

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