Evaluating the Coyotes was at the heart of former general manager Don Maloney's responsibilities during his nine seasons on the job. And it will continue to be one of his duties as Maloney was hired Wednesday by the Flames to be a pro scout, an opportunity he was in position to accept after getting fired earlier this offseason.
Following a two-season absence, winger Radim Vrbata is back with the Coyotes after signing a one-year, bonus-laden contract Tuesday. "I'm very excited to rejoin the Coyotes," Vrbata said in a statement. "My family and I love living in Arizona and I'm really looking forward to helping this team win."
The Coyotes appear to be on the brink of bringing back a familiar face as they're in the process of finalizing a one-year contract for winger Radim Vrbata, Rich Evans, Vrbata's agent, said Monday.
After locking in Connor Murphy and Michael Stone for next season, the Coyotes have options galore on the blue line with 11 defensemen potentially in the mix to earn NHL minutes at some point. While building that depth was a priority for the team this offseason, it's also possible Arizona trades from that group to make further improvements.
The road to a steady job in the NHL may not have been lined with potholes and detours, but it sure did offer Coyotes defenseman Connor Murphy a speed bump or two. After getting selected 20th overall in 2011, Murphy required arthroscopic surgery to fix his knee and then underwent another procedure in 2013 - all this after suffering a stress fracture in his back before the draft.
It's been four years since the Coyotes have made the playoffs, an outbreak of losses escalating into a rebuild that is still in progress. They've reorganized their management structure by dismissing a tenured veteran and replacing him with the youngest general manager in league history.
A month after trading for another first-round pick to draft defenseman Jakob Chychrun, the Coyotes signed the prospect to a three-year, entry-level contract Saturday to solidify a future option on the blue line. "We are very pleased to sign Jakob to an entry-level contract," General Manager John Chayka said in a statement released by the team.
Having never navigated the rehab from ACL and MCL surgery before, Coyotes defenseman Michael Stone isn't exactly sure when he'll be able to return to game action. But he does feel his knee is healing properly. "I'm doing really good actually," Stone said. "I think my knee is coming along nicely."
Despite the additions the Coyotes have made to their defense this offseason, a few holes - two to be exact - still lingered in the lineup. But after re-signing restricted free agents Connor Murphy and Michael Stone on Thursday, the unit seems set - or at least very close to being NHL-ready.
Diamondbacks General Manager Dave Stewart has been fielding multiple calls leading up to Monday's non-waiver trade deadline with inquiries appearing to focus on the team's pitching staff - from up-and-coming arms to established veterans.
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