Lyubushkin (immigration) still hasn't arrived in Arizona due to visa problems, Arizona Sports 98.7 FM reports.
At this point, Lyubushkin probably shouldn't be expected to get into a game anytime soon. Even once he joins the team, the blueliner could be designated for the taxi squad first in order to give him time to practice with the club. If the Russian cracks the lineup, it figures to be on the third pairing, which means his minutes will be limited.
Lyubushkin (immigration) has not arrived at the Coyotes' training camp yet due to visa issues, Arizona Coyotes Insider Craig Morgan reports.
Lyubushkin was on loan with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the KHL prior to training camp opening, but he's had trouble returning to North America. He appeared in five games with Lokomotiv, but did not record a point. When the Coyotes are fully healthy, Lyubushkin is typically the seventh defenseman, so fantasy managers won't need to pay much attention to his status ahead of Opening Night.
The Coyotes have loaned Lyubushkin to Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the KHL until the start of next season's training camp, Alexander Kinkopf of the Coyotes' official website reports.
Lyubushkin drew into 51 games with Arizona last season, picking up four points while posting a plus-4 rating over that span. He'll continue to be in and out of the lineup as a bottom-pairing option for the Coyotes in 2020-21, so he won't be a viable fantasy option.
Lyubushkin signed a one-year, $1 million deal with the Coyotes on Monday, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.
Lyubushkin has appeared in 92 NHL games with the Coyotes over the last two seasons, recording eight assists while averaging just under 14 minutes of ice time. The 26-year-old defenseman will have to battle for a spot on Arizona's blue line in training camp next season.
Lyubushkin (illness) posted two hits and a shot in 11:28 during Tuesday's 3-0 win over the Oilers.
Coach Rick Tocchet was reluctant to throw his third pairing over the boards, as both Lyubushkin and Aaron Ness saw less than 12 minutes. Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Jason Demers both missed Tuesday's game with lower-body injuries, which explains why Lyubushkin was in the lineup. The Russian blueliner has only two assists to go with 109 hits and 36 PIM in 36 appearances. He's a depth defender at best.
Lyubushkin (illness) will rejoin the lineup for Tuesday's game against Edmonton, Craig Morgan of The Athletic reports.
Lyubushkin's return to health will bolster Arizona's depth on the back end, but it won't impact any fantasy lineups, as he's only nothced two helpers in 35 games this campaign.
Lyubushkin (illness) won't play Saturday against Chicago.
Lyubushkin has missed four of the last six games and is out Saturday because of an illness. Arizona will have two days off before its next game, so the defenseman will get some extra time to heal up before Tuesday's game.
Lyubushkin recorded an assist in Saturday's 6-2 win over the Flyers.
Lyubushkin set up defensive partner Jordan Oesterle for the first-period tally. It was just the second helper of the year for the Russian blueliner, who has added 91 hits and 32 blocked shots through 30 games. Lyubushkin had only four assists in 41 games as a rookie last year -- his primary purpose on the ice is defense.
Lyubushkin registered eight hits, two blocked shots and two PIM in Tuesday's 3-2 win over the Sharks.
Lyubushkin hasn't made much of an impact on the scoresheet with just one helper through 23 games this year. He has been a physical presence with 72 hits and 14 PIM. He'll continue in a mostly defensive role until Jason Demers (knee) or Niklas Hjalmarsson (lower leg) is ready to return.
Lyubushkin registered an assist, four hits, two blocked shots and two PIM in Thursday's 3-2 loss to the Blue Jackets.
With the Coyotes' defense ravaged by injuries to three regular starters, Lyubushkin has been pushed into action. The physical Russian's helper was his first point of the year, to go with 20 hits and seven blocks in eight contests. Lyubushkin has only five points in 49 career games -- he's not going to be of much interest to fantasy owners.
Lyubushkin was called up from AHL Tucson on Friday.
Lyubushkin narrowly missed making the Opening Night roster, but he's back in the NHL after a little over a week. The Russian defenseman had four assists and 150 hits in 41 games last year, his first in North America.
The Coyotes assigned Lyubushkin to AHL Tucson on Tuesday, Craig Morgan of The Athletic reports.
Lyubushkin was one of the Coyotes' final cuts, so he'll start the season in the minors. The 25-year-old blueliner played in 41 NHL games last year, recording four assists and a minus-9 rating, but he's never suited up in the AHL. This will be a solid opportunity for the Russian to develop in a top-four role, and he'll still likely be one of the first call ups in the event of injury.
Lyubushkin opened the scoring in Sunday's 6-2 preseason road loss to the Golden Knights.
This was a nice rocket from the point for Lyubushkin, who is more of a stay-at-home defenseman. He didn't score at all as a rookie, but the Russian tacked on 150 hits and 61 blocked shots over 41 games. The Coyotes are still seeing where Lyubushkin fits in, hence how he's on a one-year contract.
Lyubushkin inked a one-year contract with Arizona on Friday.
Lyubushkin logged 41 games for the Coyotes this season in which he tallied four helpers, 13 PIM and 27 shots on net while averaging 13:44 of ice time. Given Arizona's depth, the defender probably will still struggle to find regular minutes this season, which will severely limit his fantasy value for the 2019-20 campaign.
Lyubushkin recorded an assist in Wednesday's 6-3 defeat to San Jose.
Lyubushkin has managed just three points in 27 contests this season and is still looking for his first NHL goal. The 24-year-old has served as a healthy scratch periodically throughout the year and likely will do so again in the future, especially given his minus-11 rating. Even when he is in the lineup, the defenseman is logging just 14:04 of ice time per game, which limits his opportunities for putting points on the board.
Lyubushkin has played in just four games so far in 2018-19, failing to record a point and posting a minus-2 rating along the way.
The 24-year-old Russian, prior to coming to North America in 2018, spent his last five seasons with Yaroslavl Lokomotiv of the KHL. Lyubushkin's most recent campaign abroad saw him tally just nine points in 50 contests.
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