Phoenix Coyotes, other NHL teams turning attention to trade option

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Now that prized free agents Zach Parise and Ryan Suter have settled on a destination, both choosing to join the Minnesota Wild, trade talks are expected to intensify as NHL teams search for other ways to fill out their rosters.

And with a hearty collection of defensemen in their possession, an active trade market is just what the Coyotes want.

“There were so many teams pursuing those two players and where they go,” General Manager Don Maloney said. “Really, there are not a lot of people left on the board. … Discussions will pick up. Whether we see movement in the next two or three days or in weeks and months, I really can’t say.”

The Coyotes have started to turn their attention to the trade option. Six defensemen will crack the opening-night lineup, and aside from the four returning starters and the recently acquired Zbynek Michalek, another six will challenge for a spot.

Happy buyers

The signings of forwards David Moss and Steve Sullivan weren’t blockbuster acquisitions, but the Coyotes were successful in nabbing the players they realistically had targeted.

“We did have discussion on a couple other wingers that had some skill, but we didn’t like the term or dollars,” Maloney said. “One or the other we really didn’t like. I know it’s hard for our fans to understand, but we just need to continue to stay patient. We do have very good financial flexibility.

“At some point between now and when the puck drops next season, we’ll find another good player to help us.”


7 Responses to Phoenix Coyotes, other NHL teams turning attention to trade option

  1. nordiques100 says:

    There was some talk that in the complete worst case scenario they fold the yotes and have a dispersal draft.

    I think that may be the way to go if finally, the yotes are put to bed and taken out of Phoenix.

    The league can make money on expansion….if they choose, and this saga dies finally.

    I think cbj would get 1st, and it follows the entry draft order.

    So for fantasy sake, how would it turn out?

    Let’s assume its just players with contracts that are eligible. Free agents all become UFAs. That means Chris Summers, Brock Trotter, Victor tikhonov and Brett Maclean are UFAs. All others go back into the 2013 draft, like their top pick hendrik samuelsson.

    Here we go:
    Columbus- Oliver ekman-larsson
    Edmonton- Keith yandle
    Montreal – martin hanzal
    Ny isles- mike smith
    Toronto – Brandon Gormley
    Anaheim- mikael boedker
    Minnesota- David rundblad
    Carolina- radim vrbata
    Winnipeg – Connor Murphy
    TB – mark visentin
    Colorado – michael stone
    Buffalo – Chris brown
    Dallas- rosy klesla
    Calgary – max goncharov
    Ottawa – lauri korpikoski
    Washington – Antoine vermette
    San Jose – Andy miele
    Chicago – Louis Dominique
    Detroit – zbeynyk michalek
    Philly – Phil lane
    Nashville – Ethan werek
    Pittsburgh – David schlemko
    Florida – mike lee
    Boston – Derek Morris
    St Louis – Boyd Gordon
    NY rangers- David moss
    Vancouver – Jason labarbera
    Nj devils – Jordan szwarz
    LA – Paul bissonette

    • dumbassdoorman says:

      LOL, some Leaf fans will read this and go nuts because you have us taking another Dman lol, but I like it just for the record.

      • TimTheBone says:

        Haha… Yeah but at that point what better option do you have at forward….. Boedker ??…. Vermette????

        You would be best off taking gormley and either flipping him or perhaps he turns into a solid f’in dman

        • TimTheBone says:

          I do like the hanzal to Montreal scenario though…. I could definitely get behind that decision!!… There’s that top six guy were looking for

    • Gambo says:

      I’d be pissed if Edmonton got one of Ekman-Larsson or Yandle. It’s not even fair, they would be so solid in the future.

    • Steven_Leafs0 says:

      only chance a dispersal draft happens if they can take another team with it. That way the league can re-instate their 4 conference plan without 2 unfair conferences. (Which will not happen, Bettman will make sure of it)

      I tried to find out which teams in the NHL are bleeding the most money and pick the next team to fold but I couldn’t find anything. If one of you find something, let me know.

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