Player News - Coyotes

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Sam Gagner scored a goal in Arizona's 5-4 shootout win against Los Angeles on Monday.

Gagner is trying to bounce back after recording just 10 goals and 37 points in 67 games last season. The move to Arizona gives him an opportunity to have a fresh start and he's a safe bet to get top-six minutes. Lauri Korpikoski and Shane Doan assisted on Gagner's goal.
Sep 23 - 9:13 AM

Martin Hanzal will have to get used to a new linemate now that Radim Vrbata is playing with the Vancouver Canucks.

Hanzal played alongside Max Domi and Henrik Samuelsson during Monday's preseason contest and the results were encouraging. Hanzal had two goals and an assist with the three players each getting a point on all three markers. "I put that line on paper a long time ago in the summer," coach Dave Tippett said. "I was itching to try it. We'll see. Samuelsson has great hands and can be a shooter. Domi's a good passer. Hanz is a guy that goes to the net hard. They got a couple breaks on some pucks tonight, but they were an effective line."
Sep 23 - 9:05 AM

Devan Dubnyk was on the losing end of a 4-3 shootout decision against the Kings in Monday's preseason action.

Dubnyk played the entire contest and was beaten for three goals on 26 shots in the defeat. The Coyotes split-squad also received goals from Michael Stone, Justin Hodgman and Philip Lane in the preseason-openeing defeat.
Sep 23 - 3:29 AM

Martin Hanzal scored a pair of goals for the Arizona Coyotes Monday night as they defeated the Kings in a shootout by a score of 5-4 in one of two split-squad preseason contests.

Perennially underrated, Hanzal's biggest career obstacle has been his inability to play a full season, but he showed some chemistry playing with linemates Max Domi and Henrik Samuelsson in this outing. Sam Gagner also found the back of the net in his first game as a member of the Coyotes. Mike Smith played the entire contest in goal and stopped 29 of 33 shots the get credit for a victory.
Sep 23 - 3:17 AM

Mark Visentin needed to be helped off the ice after blocking a shot with his leg in Sunday's scrimmage.

Visentin couldn't put weight on the injured leg, which raised alarm bells, but fortunately it's not as bad as it could be. He has a leg strain and might be back in a day or two, according to Coyotes GM Don Maloney.
Sep 22 - 6:46 AM

The Arizona Coyotes hope to sign Laurent Dauphin to a contract in the near future.

Arizona has cut Laurent Dauphin from training camp, but apparently he did well enough to warrant a contract. He had 24 goals and 54 points in 52 QMJHL games in 2013-14.
Sep 22 - 6:43 AM

The Arizona Coyotes have sent Dyson Stevenson to the minors.

Stevenson enjoyed a brief stint on the Coyotes' training camp roster. He had 76 points and 121 penalty minutes in 66 WHL games last season.
Sep 22 - 6:41 AM

Brendan Perlini is sidelined with a broken bone in his right hand.

We already knew Perlini was out with a hand injury, but now we have a better idea of how serious it is. That being said, the Coyotes still don't have a timetable for his return and aren't sure if he needs surgery. Regardless of his injury status, he's not projected to make Arizona's opening game roster.
Sep 21 - 6:25 PM

Antoine Vermette is considered the Arizona Coyotes top center heading into the season.

Vermette had a good season in 2013-14 as he potted 24 goals and 45 points. The Coyotes brought in Sam Gagner and still have Martin Hanzal down the middle but coach Dave Tippett really likes Vermette. "He's going to be a solid player this year," Tippett said. "That's who he is — a solid player. He could be a 20-goal scorer and still have a good season, or he could be at 25 goals and have a good season, too. He does so many things other than score goals. It's wrong to assess him strictly on goal scoring." The Coyotes would like to extend Vermette's contract as he can become a UFA at the end of the season and negotiations are still ongoing. Look for a 20-25 goal and 50 point season from Vermette in 2014-15.
Sep 21 - 6:01 AM

Brendan Perlini (hand) did not skate again on Saturday.

The Coyotes first pick and 12th overall in this year's draft, was injured during Arizona's prospects camp. It looks like he'll be sent back to junior as the Coyotes won't have a proper look at him during camp. Perlini is unlikely to skate on Sunday as well.
Sep 21 - 5:43 AM

Laurent Dauphin skated for only a short time on Saturday as he is dealing with a lower body injury.

The Coyotes second round pick and 39th selection overall in the 2013 Draft, Dauphin had 26 goals and 54 points in 52 games for Chicoutimi of the QMJHL last season. He will spend another season in junior as he garners experience from the Coyotes training camp.
Sep 21 - 5:32 AM

The Arizona Coyotes will be looking for toughness out of B.J. Crombeen when the season opens in October.

Crombeen was considered the lesser part of the deal that brought Sam Gagner to the desert from Tampa Bay. He is in a contract year as he is eligible for unrestricted free agency at the end of the season so look for a 15-20 point season and upwards of 125 penalty minutes if he is able to play a full season for Arizona in 2014-15. Draft him accordingly.
Sep 20 - 6:47 AM

Joe Vitale will provide some much needed toughness and grit to the Arizona Coyotes this season.

The Coyotes gave the fourth line center a three-year deal and while he won't contribute offensively to your fantasy squad (one goal and 14 points in 53 games with Pittsburgh last season), he will give the Coyotes something that they lacked in 2013-14. Look for a 20-25 point season from Vitale.
Sep 20 - 6:44 AM

Zbynek Michalek is hoping to stay healthy this season.

The talented defensive defenseman has not played a full NHL schedule for the last six years, missing at least nine games and as many as 23 games in a season. While the Coyotes have not put any pairings together at this time, Michalek has been an outstanding complement to Oliver Ekman-Larsson and it would not take a lot of time for the duo to be comfortable with each other on the ice. When it comes to fantasy hockey, Michalek has big value in blocked shots and little else.
Sep 20 - 6:39 AM

Sam Gagner is slated at this time to be the Coyotes number one center but he could be moved to the wing during training camp.

The Coyotes have obviously not put any lines together following the first day on the ice at training camp but the thinking may be that he will get to play more minutes as a winger. Nevertheless, look for Gagner to have his best fantasy season to date as he is out of Edmonton where there were too many offensively talented players ahead of him on the depth chart and now he is with Arizona, whose lack of offensive power gave them a chance to trade for Gagner.
Sep 20 - 6:33 AM

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