Chipchura signed a contract with Slovan Bratislava of Russia's KHL on Monday, TSN reports. Chipchura was selected 18th overall by Montreal in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, but struggled to live up to the lofty standards expected from such a high draft pick. While serving in a bottom-six role, his 2015-16 campaign with Arizona included four goals, eight assists and a minus-10 rating in 70 games.
Chipchura (personal) is expected to rejoin the team Wednesday. Chipchura was away from the team while tending to the birth of his daughter. He's expected to be back with the Coyotes Wednesday, although he's unlikely to see much ice time, as he continues to be relied upon as just a deep depth option off the bench.
Chipchura has temporarily left the team to be with his expecting wife. Even if he were with the team and playing, the veteran doesn't produce enough (12 points in 64 games) to be worth consideration in most fantasy leagues. He shouldn't be away from the team too long, but he's scheduled to skip out on Monday's contest at a minimum.
Chipchura registered a goal and an assist in Monday's win over the Maple Leafs. Chipchura failed to work his way onto the scoresheet in the first four contests of the season, but he's now tallied four points in his last four. The forward doesn't have much value in most fantasy formats though, as he's skating in a bottom-six role and hasn't topped the 20-point plateau any year in his career.
Kyle Chipchura picked up an assist Tuesday in a 3-2 loss to the Flames. He was plus-2 and added three hits and a blocked shot in the contest.
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