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Coyotes' Antti Raanta: Cleared for offseason program
Raanta (lower body) was given the green light to begin his offseason training regime, The Athletic Arizona reports.
Raanta will face stiff competition for the starting job from Darcy Kuemper next season, assuming he can stay healthy. The 29-year-old Raanta saw action in a mere 12 contests this year, in which he went 5-6-0 with a 2.88 GAA. The netminder technically remains on injured reserve, but will no doubt be activated prior to training camp.... See More ... See Less
Coyotes' Oliver Ekman-Larsson: Will play at Worlds
Ekman-Larsson (knee) will join Team Sweden for the 2019 IIHF World Championship, Sebastian Noren of NHL.com reports.
Ekman-Larsson's status for Worlds was considered in doubt after the blueliner played through knee and ankle issues toward the end of the 2018-19 campaign. The defenseman put together his fifth 40-plus point campaign this year and nearly propelled the Coyotes into the postseason. It seems the 27-year-old will have plenty of time to heal up and be ready when the tournament kicks off May 10 in Slovakia.... See More ... See Less
Coyotes' Ivan Prosvetov: Standout OHL campaign continues
Prosvetov stopped all 34 shots he faced in Saginaw's 5-0 Game 6 win over Sault Ste. Marie in OHL playoff action Sunday.
Prosvetov and the Spirit are off to the OHL semifinals where they await the winner of London and Guelph's Game 7 on Tuesday. A fourth-round selection (114th overall) of Arizona in 2018, the big Russian came out of nowhere to have an impressive season (36-11-2, 2.94 GAA, .910 save percentage) for Saginaw and has been even better (8-2-0, 2.33 GAA, .932 save percentage) in the playoffs. Prosvetov in on the radar in deeper dynasty leagues.... See More ... See Less
Coyotes' Niklas Hjalmarsson: Shot-blocking guru
Hjalmarsson posted 10 points and blocked 187 shots over 82 games the 2018-19 season.
Although Hjalmarsson didn't score a goal this season, he made life easier on Arizona's goaltenders with a career-high 187 blocked shots to rank second in the league. Hjalmarsson isn't expected to be an offensive threat -- he starts 64.4 percent of shifts in the defensive zone --so these defensive contributions will keep him in the top four for the foreseeable future.... See More ... See Less
Coyotes' Lawson Crouse: Physical beast in 2018-19
Crouse compiled 25 points, 67 PIM and 288 hits over 81 games in the 2018-19 season.
Crouse, who the Panthers picked in 11th overall in the 2015 NHL Draft, had the best offensive season of his career, but he also carved out a new niche as a physical force. The 21-year-old's 288 hits ranked second in the league to Ryan Reaves, and he dropped the gloves three times. Crouse will be a restricted free agent this summer, and he'll almost certainly be extended a qualifying offer.... See More ... See Less
Coyotes' Brad Richardson: Tickles twine 19 times
Richardson scored 19 goals and added eight assists over 66 games in the 2018-19 season.
Richardson reached a career high in goals while finishing with a positive plus-minus rating (plus-6) for the first time in three years. The 34-year-old pivot will remain under Coyotes' contract next season, and he'll likely continue to man a middle-six role.... See More ... See Less
Coyotes' Vinnie Hinostroza: Displays career year
Hinostroza posted 16 goals and 39 points over 72 games in the 2018-19 season.
Hinostroza never played more than 50 games in a season before this year, but he still registered career highs in all major fantasy categories. He's more comfortable with his role in the offense now as well, posting 152 shots on net, nearly doubling the previous season's total of 86.... See More ... See Less
Coyotes' Alex Galchenyuk: Fifth straight 40-point campaign
Galchenyuk scored 19 goals and added 22 assists through 72 games in the 2018-19 season.
Yes, it looks like the Coyotes lost the trade for Galchenyuk after Max Domi racked up 28 goals and 72 points over 82 games with the Canadiens. However, Domi struggled with the Coyotes as well, as he posted just nine goals and 45 points over 82 games in 2017-18 with the Coyotes. Galchenyuk offered a respectable improvement this year with 10 fewer games.... See More ... See Less
Coyotes' Clayton Keller: Paces squad in points
Keller recorded 14 goals and 47 points over 82 games in the 2018-19 season.
This was Keller's second straight season playing in all 82 games, but he scored nine less goals and 18 less points than the previous year. Nevertheless, the 20-year-old's 47 points were the best on the Coyotes for the second straight season. The Coyotes were on the brink of the playoffs this year, and Keller figures to be their leader when they make another push in 2019-20.... See More ... See Less
Coyotes' Conor Garland: Headed to minors
The Coyotes returned Garland to AHL Tucson on Tuesday, Craig Morgan of The Athletic reports.
Garland will return to Tucson to assist the Roadrunners as they make a push for the postseason. The 23-year-old winger racked up just 18 points through 47 contests at the NHL level this season, but he had much more success in the minors, notching more than a point per game over 18 tilts with the Roadrunners.... See More ... See Less
Coyotes' Oliver Ekman-Larsson: Plays through pain
General Manager John Chayka said Monday that Ekman-Larsson had been playing through knee and high-ankle injuries during the season, Craig Morgan of The Athletic reports.
It's unclear when the injury occurred or how long he had been playing through it, but nonetheless Ekman-Larsson toughed it out. The 27-year-old had a solid season from a fantasy perspective, racking up 44 points in 81 games. Chayka neglected to mention whether Ekman-Larsson would need surgery and what the timetable was for the injury.... See More ... See Less
Coyotes' Derek Stepan: Played through injury
General Manager John Chayka said Monday that Stepan suffered a torn MCL and played through the injury, Craig Morgan of The Athletic reports.
It's unclear when the injury occurred or how long he had been playing through it, but nonetheless Stepan toughed it out. The 2018-19 campaign was the first time the American failed to reach the 50-point plateau in seven years, as he accumulated just 35 points in 72 games. Stepan won't require surgery, but the timetable for the injury is unclear.... See More ... See Less
Coyotes' Calvin Pickard: Suffers loss in season finale
Pickard allowed four goals on 32 shots in a 4-2 loss to the Jets on Saturday.
The 2018-19 season was one to forget for Pickard. He started the season with the Flyers, but after a poor start, the Coyotes claimed him off waivers. However, Arizona didn't have a need for him immediately despite a lower-body injury to Antti Raanta, so Pickard played in the minors. He finally debuted in Arizona during January, but in six appearances with the Coyotes, he went 0-4-0 with an .892 save percentage. Overall, Pickard posted a 4-6-2 record, 3.86 GAA and an .875 save percentage in 17 NHL games this season. He will be an unrestricted free agent this summer.... See More ... See Less
Coyotes' Calvin Pickard: Between pipes Saturday
Pickard will tend twine at home for Saturday's season finale versus Winnipeg, Craig Morgan of The Athletic reports.
With the 'Yotes trying to chase down a wild-card spot, the club relied heavily on Darcy Kuemper, which limited Pickard to just two relief appearances in the last 22 games. The organization will reward the 26-year-old for his patience by giving him the final start of the year. Heading into the offseason, Pickard will be an unrestricted free agent and may not have a spot in the desert once Antti Raanta (lower body) is fully fit. Pickard will have to hope his 4-5-2 record and 3.84 GAA in 16 appearances for Arizona and Philadelphia is enough to earn him a roster spot somewhere next season.... See More ... See Less
Coyotes' Erik Kallgren: Inks entry-level deal
Kallgren agreed to terms on a two-year, entry-level contract with Arizona on Friday.
Kallgren went 18-12-0 with a .920 save percentage in 32 games for AIK in Sweden this season. With his club out of the playoffs, the netminder figures to link up with AHL Tucson for the remainder of the 2018-19 campaign. With both Adin Hill and Hunter Miska set to return next season, the 'Yotes may opt to return Kallgren to Europe rather than split the goaltending duties three ways or send him down to the ECHL.... See More ... See Less
Coyotes' Adin Hill: Sent back to minors
Hill was reassigned to AHL Tucson on Friday.
Hill was called up under emergency conditions Thursday due to Darcy Kuemper's eye injury, but with the No. 1 healthy, NHL rules mandate Hill be sent back to the minors. Now that the 'Yotes are eliminated from postseason contention, the young netminder will turn his focus to helping the Roadrunners secure a spot in the Calder Cup playoffs.... See More ... See Less
Coyotes' Jason Demers: Posts assist
Demers picked up an assist and two blocked shots in Thursday's 4-1 win over the Golden Knights.
Demers improved to two goals and six helpers in 34 games this year, with three of his assists coming in his last four outings. The 30-year-old blueliner lost four months of the season to a knee injury, but that likely didn't have an effect on most fantasy owners' plans, as Demers is more of a defense-first player.... See More ... See Less
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