Imama signed a one-year, two-way deal with Arizona on Friday. Imama has scored 14 points in each of the last two seasons with AHL Ontario and racked up 190 PIM in 81 games during that span. He's yet to see any NHL action, but the 25-year-old bruiser could compete for a bottom-line role with Arizona in training camp.
Imama was traded to the Coyotes from the Kings on Saturday. The 24-year-old forward is a physical presence. He registered a team-high 56 PIM in 31 games with the Ontario Reign (AHL) this season, but he's more than just muscle. Imama also scored nine goals and 14 points in those 31 games. And while he is yet to make his NHL debut, Imama did get a call-up to the Kings' taxi squad in April. He may get an opportunity in the desert that he didn't have in Hollywood given the Coyotes' push to make over their roster. Cole Hults is also headed to Arizona with him in this minor league deal, which sent forwards Brayden Burke and Tyler Steenbergen to Los Angeles.
Imama was reassigned from the taxi squad to AHL Ontario, Lisa Dillman of The Athletic reports. Imama's departure from the practice squad freed up the space for the team to add Lias Andersson and, more notably, rookie second overall pick Quinton Byfield from AHL Ontario to the taxi squad. The 24-year-old Imama has just eight points in 23 AHL appearances, but he has brought plenty of physicality with 43 PIM.
Imama was recalled from AHL Ontario to the taxi squad Sunday, Lisa Dillman of The Athletic reports. This is Imama's first promotion since early March. The 24-year-old has yet to make his NHL debut, and he's not expected to stay with the big club long term.
Imama was reassigned to AHL Ontario on Monday, according to CBS Sports. Imama has racked up 22 penalty minutes in five AHL games this season but is still waiting to see his first taste of NHL action. The 24-year-old bruiser likely won't see any time with the Kings this season.
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