The Coyotes have had initial discussions with restricted free agent Anthony Duclair on a new contract with talks expected to continue and, although the two sides have yet to reach a resolution, the team knows how long a commitment it wants. “It’s going to be a one- or two-year deal,” General Manager John Chayka said. “That’s where we’re at. We’ve talked. We understand where each other’s at.” Acquired as the centerpiece of the Keith Yandle trade with the Rangers in 2015, Duclair has had an up-and-down performance with the Coyotes. He was dynamic as a rookie, scoring 20 goals in 2015-16. But the 21-year-old winger stumbled last season, getting healthy scratched and ultimately demoted to the minors to try to rediscover his offensive touch. He finished with just five goals. “That’s just the reality of the situation,” Chayka said. “I like 'Duke' as a player a lot, as a person a lot, but he had a rough year. I think it’s more just about getting him back on the horse, getting him going. For both the team and the player, short-term is the best.” Winger Jordan Martinook also remains unsigned. The restricted free-agent winger filed for salary arbitration, with a hearing scheduled for July 26 in Toronto. Martinook, 24, set career highs in goals (11) and points (25) last season as he roved all over the lineup. He's coming off a two-year, $1.225 million contract.
Arizona Coyotes seeking short-term contract for Anthony Duclair
Arizona Republic | Jul 15