Player News - Coyotes

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In retrospect, Lucas Lessio agrees with the Coyotes' decision to send him to the minors last season.

It was Lessio's first full season at the pro level and he ended up excelling in the AHL with 29 goals and 54 points in 69 games. He's worth keeping an eye on during training camp this year as he might end up earning a regular spot with the team.
Sep 17 - 6:23 AM

Tyler Gaudet is hoping to win a roster spot on his defensive abilities.

Gaudet had 26 goals and 61 points in 65 OHL games last season, but he knows that if he makes the Coyotes' opening game roster, it will be as a bottom-six forward. "He's another player that's going to have to be the hard, dependable third or fourth-line center to begin with," Coyotes coach Dave Tippett said. "Hopefully he expands from that, but to me, that's where he's got to focus coming in." Gaudet is far from a safe bet to make the team, but he can't be ruled out either.
Sep 16 - 9:42 AM

Krys Barch will be at Arizona's training camp on a tryout basis.

He amassed 99 penalty minutes and contributed four assists in 55 games with the Florida Panthers last season.
Sep 15 - 6:21 PM

The MCL sprain that ended Mike Smith's season isn't a factor going into training camp.

"A month after the season I was totally fine," Smith said. "There was still some aches and pains that go along with it and same with getting back skating. There's always a little bit of discomfort, but it's nothing that's going to be harmful long-term." Smith had a 2.64 GAA and .915 save percentage in 62 games last season. That's not bad, but it's a far cry from the level he was playing at in 2011-12 when he led the Coyotes to the Western Conference Final. Arizona will be counting on him to rebound as they try to get back into the playoffs after falling short for two straight years.
Sep 15 - 5:18 AM

Henrik Samuelsson has a good chance to bypass the minors and play with the Coyotes this season.

The hero of the Memorial Cup final was drafted in the first round of the 2012 Draft, 27th overall, and led the Edmonton Oil Kings to a 6-3 win over Guelph in the final as he potted two goals and set up three others. Samuelsson is looking forward to starting his professional career and is hoping it's with the Coyotes rather than a stint in the minors. "It's definitely a little pressure, but this is why we play the game — to get to the next level," Samuelsson said. "So it's good pressure. I don't mind it." Samuelsson could be a 25-30 point performer this season in the NHL and we suggest taking him late in keeper leagues but leaving him to the waiver wire in one-year leagues at this time.
Sep 13 - 6:03 AM

Tobias Rieder is looking for a spot with the Arizona Coyotes this season.

The Coyotes have 20 players on one-way contracts so there are still three spots remaining assuming all 20 make it. Rieder was selected in the fourth round of the 2011 Draft by Edmonton and the German-born winger was dealt to the Coyotes in 2013 for Kale Kessy. Rieder had 28 goals and 48 points and may be better served by spending more time in the minors.
Sep 13 - 5:58 AM

Lucas Lessio has a better shot of playing more often with the Coyotes this season.

Lessio made the Coyotes out of training camp last season but played only three games with nary a point before the team sent him to the minors for the remainder of the season. The 21-year-old second round pick in the 2011 Draft had 29 goals and 53 points for Portland of the AHL in 69 games in his first full professional season. He did get a cup of coffee in the AHL the previous year after finishing his junior career with the Oshawa Generals of the AHL.
Sep 13 - 5:54 AM

Max Domi has a very good chance of cracking the Arizona Coyotes lineup this season.

The Coyotes first round pick, 12th overall in the 2013 Draft, is a scorer as evidenced by his 34 goal, 93 point effort in 61 games for London of the OHL last season and that is a desperate need for Arizona this season as they lost their top goal scorer Radim Vrbata to the Canucks through free agency. Domi should get at least a nine game trial before the Coyotes have to decide whether to keep him or burn up a year towards free agency. If he makes the team, he is likely to see action as a top-six forward as that is where he will thrive the most.
Sep 13 - 5:49 AM

The Arizona Coyotes will have Matt Smaby in training camp next week on a professional tryout basis.

Smaby was with the Ducks organization during the lockout season but spent last season in the German League where he had three goals and 16 points in 42 games with Munich. He is a depth defenseman at best.
Sep 13 - 5:37 AM

The Arizona Coyotes have invited Matt Kassian to camp on a professional tryout.

The Coyotes are in need of some toughness up front after parting ways with Paul Bissonnette in the off-season and Kassian fits the bill. He had only two points but 63 penalty minutes in 33 games with Ottawa last season.
Sep 13 - 5:32 AM

Defenseman Jamie McBain will be present at Coyotes training camp on a professional tryout.

'Tis the season for PTOs so you can expect to hear about a number of players attending NHL camps without the guarantee of a full-time job over the next few weeks. McBain will be joined in Phoenix camp by defenseman Matt Smaby and forward Matt Kassian.
Sep 9 - 7:42 PM

Steve Sullivan has been hired by the Arizona Coyotes to serve as their development coach.

Sullivan had 290 goals and 747 points in 1,011 career games. He surpassed the 1,000 game milestone despite missing almost two years due to back problems and he received the Bill Masterton Trophy after his return in 2008-09.
Sep 9 - 1:37 PM

The Arizona Coyotes could be buyers in the weeks leading up to the NHL season, as GM Don Maloney has $11 million in cap space while Chicago, Boston and many other teams are going to be forced to trim productive players.

The Coyotes are not built right now to win the Cup, but were only two points short of a playoff spot last season and seem primed to improve on that mark this season. With up-and-coming prospects Brandon Gormley and Max Domi ready to inject some youth, new trade acquisition Sam Ganger and a healthy Mike Smith, Arizona is set to challenge for a playoff spot this season and another new face such as Johnny Oduya or Chris Kelly might be a nice fit in the desert.
Sep 7 - 5:20 PM

Jeff Halpern is working out with Washington Capital players as he looks for a team to sign with for the 2014-15 season.

Halpern had five goals and 12 points in 69 games last season with the Coyotes but at age 38, the best he can hope for at this time is getting a professional tryout offer. He lives in the Washington area and that is why he is practicing with the Capitals.
Sep 7 - 8:52 AM

Matt Kassian is still an unrestricted free agent with training camps just around the corner, but he isn't concerned.

"There's been two-ways (offers) and tryout (invitations). I'm not too worried," said Kassian, who has talked to several teams. He suited up in 33 games with Ottawa last season and amassed 63 penalty minutes, while picking up two points.
Aug 28 - 5:25 PM


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