The Coyotes' roster is nearly complete but the big question for general manager Don Maloney coach Dave Tippett and their staffs remains: What to do with top pick Max Domi? "It's almost a day-by-day discussion" Maloney said. "To his credit he's really made the decision difficult." The Coyotes reduced their roster to 25 on Thursday by reassigning forwards Andy Miele and Jordan Szwarz to Portland of the AHL while releasing forward Gilbert Brulé from his pro tryout agreement. If defenseman Rusty Klesla (concussion) begins the season on injured reserve which is likely the Coyotes will need to make one more roster move to get down to the requisite 23 players by the Sept. 30 (2 p.m.) deadline. Players on IR do not count against the 23-man roster. With Klesla out Maloney said the Coyotes will keep eight defenseman on the opening-day roster which means both David Rundblad and Chris Summers will stick until Klesla returns with Oliver Ekman-Larsson Zbynek Michalek Keith Yandle Derek Morris David Schlemko and Michael Stone holding down the other six spots. The forward lines are nearly set. For now Mike Ribeiro will center the first line between wings Shane Doan and Mikkel Boedker while it appears Antoine Vermette will center the third line between Lauri Korpikoski and David Moss and Kyle Chipchura will center the fourth line between Rob Klinkhammer and Chris Brown who has impressed the coaches enough with his versatility and maturity to lock down a roster spot. Suspended enforcer Paul Bissonnette is the final forward.
Coyotes' last big roster decision all about Domi
Fox Sports Arizona | Sep 28