Player News - Coyotes

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The Boston Bruins are reportedly trying to acquire Antoine Vermette.

Although Vermette will probably be traded before the deadline, the Bruins are believed to be competing with the Chicago Blackhawks as well as likely others. Ultimately Boston wants to acquire a top-six forward and if they can't get Vermette then some of their other candidates reportedly include Dallas' Erik Cole, Buffalo's Chris Stewart, and the Blue Jackets' Cam Atkinson.
Feb 27 - 6:39 PM

The Arizona Coyotes have now lost eight straight games.

At this point, Arizona is just one point ahead of the Edmonton Oilers and 29th place in the NHL. Dropping to 29th overall would be big because it would significantly increase the Coyotes chances of getting Connor McDavid in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft and put them in the running for Jack Eichel (assuming Eichel is locked in as the second overall pick). Getting either one of them would provide the Coyotes with a potential franchise player they can build around and create some much needed buzz for the team.
Feb 27 - 10:48 AM

Mike Smith allowed four goals on 38 shots, including the game-winning goal with under three minutes to go in the third during a 4-3 loss to the Rangers.

Smith has now lost seven straight games and has allowed three or more goals in four of his past five games. His record during this awful season is 10-29-5 with a .895 save percentage and 3.29 goals against average.
Feb 26 - 10:57 PM

Sam Gagner scored two power play goals in the first period on Thursday night in a 4-3 loss to the New York Rangers.

Gagner had been pointless in his previous five games, and has managed 30 points through 61 games this season. It was his third multi-goal game in the desert and his 14th straight game he did not finish above zero in plus/minus, a span in which he's been -10.
Feb 26 - 10:54 PM

Dylan Reese and BJ Crombeen will be scratched against the New York Rangers on Thursday night.

Neither player has much of any fantasy value. Crombeen has played in just 10 of his 39 games this season since the calendar turned to 2015, and Reese has just four NHL games since 2011-12.
Feb 26 - 6:46 PM

Arizona has assigned Mike McKenna to the minors.

His only action this season at the NHL level came in a 5-2 loss to Colorado on Feb. 16.
Feb 26 - 5:32 PM

Louis Domingue has been called up by Arizona.

He will be Mike Smith's understudy on Thursday against the New York Rangers. Domingue has appeared in two games with the Coyotes this season and his first start was a 3-2 win over Montreal on Feb. 1.
Feb 26 - 5:28 PM

Mike Smith will get the start against the New York Rangers on Thursday night.

Smith owns a 10-28-5 record with a 3.27 GAA and .895 save percentage through 44 appearances this season. He also leads the league with 10 Really Bad Starts, or starts with a sub.-885 save percentage. You may want to find a more favorable matchup.
Feb 26 - 5:06 PM

Zbynek Michalek (upper body) probably won't join Arizona on their road trip.

The Coyotes end a three-game road swing on Saturday at Boston. Coach Dave Tippett said there's nothing new to report on Michalek's status, so that has made him doubtful to play for at least this week. He has been sidelined since Feb. 14.
Feb 26 - 1:06 PM

Henrik Samuelsson will make his NHL debut against the Rangers Thursday night.

The son of former Blueshirts defender Ulf Samuelsson said that playing "in New York is extra special" for his first NHL appearance.
Feb 26 - 12:46 PM

Arizona has sent down Jordan Martinook.

He has 28 points in 44 games with Arizona's AHL affiliate in Portland this year. Martinook also has one assist in eight contests with the Coyotes in 2014-15.
Feb 25 - 6:03 PM

Henrik Samuelsson has been called up by Arizona.

He has recorded 10 goals and 25 points in 50 games during his rookie season in the AHL. Samuelsson was the 27th overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
Feb 25 - 6:00 PM

Martin Erat had an assist in a 5-1 loss to the New York Islanders on Tuesday.

Erat has eight goals and 27 points in 59 contests in 2014-15. He's set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, so it's conceivable that he'll be moved before the trade deadline. He would probably be better off offensively if Arizona did trade him.
Feb 25 - 9:20 AM

Mike Smith was again the victim of poor support Tuesday as he allowed five goals on 39 shots in a 5-1 loss to the Islanders.

Smith's 10-28-5 record is as ugly as it gets, but his 3.27 GAA and .895 save percentage are also damaging numbers in all formats. His struggles cannot be blamed on him alone, but whatever the reason, he simply can't be trusted right now.
Feb 24 - 9:58 PM

Mark Arcobello was the lone goal scorer for Arizona in Tuesday's 5-1 defeat at the hands of the New York Islanders.

Arcobello has played for four different teams this season, but has enjoyed the most success in Arizona with four goals in six games. Martin Erat and David Moss picked up assists on the lone Coyotes marker.
Feb 24 - 9:53 PM

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