Coyotes Rumors & News

  • Coyotes need to upgrade roster and keep Ekman-Larsson

    Yardbarker "With a strong second half, the Arizona Coyotes are ready to take that next step from cellar dweller to competitive team. The hope is that now that head coach Rick Tocchet has held the coaching reigns for a full season, he can help Arizona take that next step. While the importance of signing of..." May 20

  • Arizona Coyotes Discussing Eight-Year Extension With Oliver Ekman-Larsson

    Arizona Sports "The Coyotes are discussing an eight-year contract extension with defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson that would carry an average annual value (AAV) slightly above $8 million, sources familiar with the talks told Ekman-Larsson has one year remaining on a six-year, $33..." May 16

  • Jaromir Jagr Will Play In Czech Republic In 2018-19

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Though there is still bound to be speculation over a return to the NHL this summer, Nova Sport in the Czech Republic is reporting that Jaromir Jagr has agreed to return as a player for Kladno, the Czech team he owns. There apparently had been interest from the DEL in..." May 15

  • Coyotes ink center David Ullstrom to one-year, two-way contract

    Arizona Sports "The Arizona Coyotes signed center David Ullstrom to a one-year, two-way contract on Tuesday, the team announced. “David is a big, strong center who is an excellent skater,” Coyotes general manager John Chayka said in a team release. “He has previous NHL experience..." May 15

  • Kevin Connauton’s contract a conundrum for Coyotes

    Arizona Sports "Coyotes defenseman Kevin Connauton has been traded, he has been waived and he has been scratched for periods as long as three weeks. One thing he has never experienced is unrestricted free agency. In two months, he could get that chance. “I really don’t know what to expect this summer,” he..." May 09

  • Marcus Kruger Played 2017-18 Season With Hernia

    TSN "Marcus Krugetr struggled mightily this season with the Carolina Hurricanes, posting one goal and six points in 48 games and spending 19 games demoted in the AHL. The Arizona Coyotes acquired Kruger for winger Jordan Martinook - while upgrading their fourth-round pick in June's draft to the..." May 05

  • Marcus Kruger traded to Coyotes in unusual mid-postseason deal

    Chicago Sun-Times "The Coyotes acquired forward Marcus Kruger and a 2018 third-round pick from the Hurricanes for forward Jordan Martinook and a 2018 fourth-round pick in an unusual mid-playoff deal, the teams announced Thursday. It’s not often that you see two teams, even non-playoff teams, make a deal during..." May 03

  • NHL players must step up if they want this headhunting to end

    New York Post "Rule 48.1 splits hairs so that it remains legal to crack skulls. An overstatement? Well, of course, except the NHL and essentially all of its stake-holders are so fearful that banning all blows to the head would all but eliminate the little hitting that remains in the game, they are willing to..." April 23

  • Barzal, Boeser, Keller are 2018 Calder Trophy finalists

    Pro Hockey Talk "Mathew Barzal of the New York Islanders, Brock Boeser of the Vancouver Canucks, and Clayton Keller of the Arizona Coyotes have been named as the three finalists for the 2018 Calder Trophy. The award is voted on by the Professional Hockey Writers Association and given “to the player selected as the..." April 22

  • Coyotes To Sign Defenseman Ilya Lyubushkin

    Pro Hockey Rumors "With the KHL season over, there continue to be numerous rumors connecting foreign free agents, young and old, with interested NHL teams. Trusted European hockey insider Igor Eronko of says that Lokomotiv Yaroslavl defenseman Ilya Lyubushkin is next up. Eronko relays the message that..." April 21

  • Coyotes winger Richard Panik arrested, cited for trespassing

    Sporting News "Coyotes winger Richard Panik was arrested on criminal trespassing charges following an incident that occurred April 8 in Scottsdale, Ariz. According to ABC15 , police arrested Panik after he refused to leave the entrance of a local bar and restaurant called Bevvy just before 9 p.m. Police said..." April 17

  • Biggest contract years for NHL playoff teams

    Pro Hockey Talk "Technically speaking, NHL players only get paid for the 82-game regular season, aside from the pocket change that comes from certain bonuses for playoff wins. In reality, a player can make a living off of a magical postseason run or two. A strong couple of months could end up being costly in..." April 11

  • Multiple NHL playoff games will air on Golf Channel, for some reason

    Awful Announcing "The NHL announced the broadcast schedule for the opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs Sunday night, offering us a look at how NBCUniversal will shuffle the various series across its numerous networks. As usual, many games will air on NBCSN, others will appear on CNBC, others on USA, a handful..." April 09

  • Arizona Coyotes agree to 3-year extension with Antti Raanta

    Arizona Sports "The Arizona Coyotes have agreed to a three-year extension with goaltender Antti Raanta worth roughly $4 million a year, according to 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station’s John Gambadoro. As later reported by TSN’s Bob McKenzie, the contract is worth $4.25 million. Raanta was slated to become..." April 06

  • Which NHL teams will make a coaching change after the season?

    Pro Hockey Talk "The 2017-18 NHL season will come to an end this weekend and barring some last-minute decision, no head coach will have been fired; that’s something that hasn’t happened since the league expanded in 1967. It’s a rarity that no coach has been canned, despite the calls for management to take..." April 05

  • Stanley Cup stripping big names off hardware to make room for future winners

    Sporting News "The Stanley Cup is erasing some of the biggest names in hockey to make room for future winners. The names from the teams that won the Cup from 1954-64 will be stripped off the hardware this spring, the Chicago Tribune reported. That means legendary names such as Gordie Howe and Robert Hull..." April 04

  • Coyotes have offered Antti Raanta multiyear contract extension

    Arizona Sports "The Arizona Coyotes have offered Antti Raanta a multiyear contract extension with the hope they can avoid the starting goalie reaching free agency this offseason, reports 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station’s John Gambadoro. The deal could be for up to four years and would be between $4 to $4.5..." April 03

  • Odds: Vegas pegs MacKinnon as Hart favorite, Rinne for Vezina

    The Score "Spring is finally in the air. And with that, the NHL calendar is inching closer to what we all crave most: playoff puck. However, there is another major event on the horizon, as the league will hand out its awards for the game's best coaches, front-office executives, and players at the..." April 03

  • Coyotes’ Nick Merkley Done For The Season

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Arizona Coyotes will have to shut down one of their young forwards for the remainder of the 2017-18 season. ’Yotes beat writer Dave Vest relays the message today from GM John Chayka that a lower-body injury for promising 20-year-old winger Nick Merkley will end his first pro season..." March 29

  • NHL releases odds for 2018 Draft Lottery

    Sportsnet "The NHL has released the odds for the 2018 Draft Lottery, which will be held on April 28 in Toronto. The lottery will consist of three draws: one for the first-overall pick, one for the second-overall pick and one for the third. The 15 teams that fail to qualify for the playoffs, or teams that..." March 28

  • Arizona Coyotes rookie Clayton Keller eyes rookie goals record

    Arizona Central "Coming off a 6-5 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday in Raleigh, N.C., the Arizona Coyotes (24-38-11) play the third game of a six-game homestand when they take on the Florida Panthers (37-28-7) on Saturday in Sunrise, Fla. … Coyotes rookie Clayton Keller (21 goals, 36 assists) on Thursday..." March 24

  • NHLPA agrees to GM-recommended change for goalie interference

    The Score "The NHL Players Association has approved the general mangers' proposed change to goaltender interference video reviews that would give the league's hockey operations department the final call over the on-ice referee. Unanimous approval from the Board of Governors is still required before the..." March 22

  • Will Coyotes give Dylan Strome a real shot?

    Pro Hockey Talk "Aside from seeing who can tank harder, it might be tough to sell the Arizona Coyotes’ game against the Buffalo Sabres tonight. There is one interesting storyline, though: will Dylan Strome finally gain some traction? And will the Coyotes give him a solid chance to actually do so? A failure at..." March 21

  • NHL recommends hockey ops makes goalie interference calls

    The Score "NHL general managers have officially recommended a change to the goaltender interference rule, agreeing to leave video reviews up to the league's hockey operations department rather than on-ice referees, commissioner Gary Bettman announced Wednesday. The team responsible for making the calls..." March 21

  • Arizona Coyotes To Recall Dylan Strome

    Pro Hockey Rumors "One of the more interesting prospects in the entire NHL is Dylan Strome. Selected third overall in 2015 just behind Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel, Strome had almost everything you wanted out of a prospect. A big body, soft hands, elite hockey IQ, offensive creativity, responsible defensively; he..." March 20

  • Goaltender Interference Dominates GM Meetings

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The NHL General Managers are currently at their yearly meetup in Boca Raton, Florida, and the agenda is filled with discussions on how to make the game better and more appealing to fans. Goaltender interference reviews were one of the biggest issues heading into the meetings, and one brought up..." March 19

  • Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet's mother passes away

    Sporting News "Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet, granted a leave of absence Monday to deal with a family illness, was back with the team Thursday after losing his mother to brain cancer the day before. Norma Tocchet was 93. "Family comes first," Coyotes GM John Chayka said in announcing his coach's absence earlier..." March 15

  • Coyotes grant Tocchet leave of absence

    TSN "The Arizona Coyotes have granted head coach Rick Tocchet a leave of absence from the team to deal with a family illness. Assistant head coach John MacLean will take over the head coaching role while Tocchett is away from the team." March 12

  • Coyotes risk spoiling their draft lottery odds

    Pro Hockey Talk "To some extent, the Arizona Coyotes should take wins when they can get them. They’re not exactly at a point where they can afford to wave away even modest gains that might build confidence for the future. Even so, they’re approaching an awkward point where their hot streak might be a touch..." March 12

  • Ekman-Larsson fined $5K for slashing

    Fanrag Sports "It didn’t take long for the NHL Department of Player Safety to make a decision on Arizona Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson, who during the third period of his team’s 5-2 loss to Colorado Saturday afternoon was penalized for slashing Sven Andrighetto. Ekman-Larsson, who served a..." March 11

  • Coyotes Interested In Extending Antti Raanta And Niklas Hjalmarsson

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Although he wouldn’t discuss the current status of negotiations, Kevin Epp, the agent for Coyotes goaltender Antti Raanta, confirmed to Arizona Sports’ Craig Morgan that there is mutual interest in getting a contract extension done. Raanta was part of the big trade with the Rangers that also..." March 09

  • NHL jumps into esports market with international tournament

    Pro Hockey Talk "The National Hockey League is finally entering the esports market and teaming up with EA Sports to deliver the 2018 NHL Gaming World Championship, a bracket-style 1-on-1 tournament that will begin on Saturday, March 24 for players in the U.S., Canada and Europe. Players can register at..." March 09

  • NHL fines Brad Marchand, Nick Cousins for diving

    Pro Hockey Talk "Brad Marchand is once again being forced to hand over a portion of his paycheck to the NHL. The league announced on Friday afternoon that the Bruins forward has been fined $2,000 for diving and embellishment, meaning it is the second time this season that he has been flagged for such an..." March 09

  • Coyotes’ Ekman-Larsson says money alone won’t determine free-agent plans

    Sportsnet "Much more separates Drew Doughty and Oliver Ekman-Larsson than one draft class and the western edge of the Sonoran Desert. Doughty, the Los Angeles Kings’ defenceman who is eligible for unrestricted free agency 16 months from now, famously went Rod Tidwell last fall and essentially bellowed..." March 08

  • Coyotes sign prospect Tyler Steenbergen to entry-level contract

    Arizona Sports "The Arizona Coyotes signed forward prospect Tyler Steenbergen to a three-year, entry-level deal on Tuesday, the team announced. A fifth-round pick and the 128th overall selection in the 2017 NHL Draft, Steenbergen has posted 44-54-98 in 51 games for the Western Hockey League’s Swift Current..." March 06

  • The Significance Of March 1st On The NHL Calendar

    Pro Hockey Rumors "There has been quite the influx of prospect signings today as no fewer than four players have inked their entry-level contracts. This isn’t a coincidence as March 1st is an important day on the NHL calendar that often goes under the radar. When players sign contracts in-season, the first year..." March 02

  • Columbus, Arizona Complete Minor League Deal

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired Ryan Kujawinski from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for Jordan Maletta. Both players are currently in the minor leagues. Kujawinski, selected 73rd in 2013, has already been involved in a trade earlier this season. In December, the New Jersey Devils sent..." February 26

  • Could ESPN try and regain some NHL TV rights in the next round of contract negotiations?

    Awful Announcing "The NHL has a long history on ESPN, with games airing there from 1980-82, 1985-88, and 1992-2004. Since that time, the league has been on NBC and Versus/NBCSN in addition to its own NHL Network, and the ten-year extension of the NBC/NBCSN deal in 2011 means rights won’t come up until after the..." February 26

  • Gary Bettman doesn't believe NHL players will go to 2022 Beijing Games

    USA Today "NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said Friday that the Winter Olympics previously have been "incredibly disruptive" to the league and he doesn't anticipate NHL players participating in the 2022 Games in Beijing. Speaking in a panel discussion at the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston,..." February 23

  • Trades fantasy hockey owners should root for

    Pro Hockey Talk "Trades can really liven things up for a sport, so here’s hoping that the intriguing Michael Grabner to Devils move is the catalyst for a memorable stretch of swaps. While there’s always the risk that a player will struggle to get acclimated to a new city and new teammates, trades can also..." February 23

  • ESPN to simulcast TSN NHL trade deadline show Monday

    Awful Announcing "Hockey fans who accuse ESPN of ignoring their sport won’t have quite as much to gripe about at this year’s trade deadline. ESPN announced Friday that it will simulcast TSN’s TradeCentre will be simulcast on ESPN3 all day Monday and on ESPN2 from 2-4 p.m. ET. The show will be hosted by James..." February 23

  • Coyotes land Kuemper from Kings, reportedly sign him to 2-year extension

    CBS Sports "Kuemper was traded from the Kings to the Coyotes on Wednesday in exchange for Tobias Rieder and Scott Wedgewood, Bob McKenzie of TSN reports. The netminder will also sign a two-year extension with Arizona worth $1.85 million annually. Kuemper will serve as a nice backup piece behind Antti..." February 21

  • NBC Sports chairman acknowledges Olympic hockey ratings are down dramatically with NHL players sitting out

    Awful Announcing "NBC’s shot at projected strong viewership for this winter’s Olympic hockey tournament ended on May 29, 2017, when the NHL announced that its players would not be allowed to participate. Nine months later, the Olympic group stages are through, and NBC is indeed suffering from an absence of..." February 20

  • Trading Max Domi likely wouldn’t pay off for Coyotes

    Pro Hockey Talk "It’s dangerous to speak in absolutes when it comes to trades in the NHL. For example: while Dion Phaneuf‘s contract is onerous, that deal has been far from impossible to move. That monster’s been traded twice, and very well could be moved again before it runs out after 2020-21. So, yes,..." February 15

  • Coyotes testing market on young winger Max Domi

    Sportsnet "The Arizona Coyotes are looking around to see if there is interest in 22-year-old winger Max Domi, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman. Domi has significantly regressed since his 52-point rookie season in 2015-16. He has struggled mightily this season (three goals, 22 points in 54 games..." February 11

  • Is Max Domi’s disastrous offensive season a sign of things to come?

    Sportsnet "It hasn’t been a banner year in Arizona. Even with fairly modest expectations, they’ve managed to disappoint, and have been so bad that most of what you read about them at the moment is astonishment at Oliver Ekman-Larsson’s goal differential, and speculation on where he might sign in 2019 as a..." February 09

  • Coyotes G Antti Raanta did not start because of car accident

    Larry Brown Sports "Antti Raanta did not start in goal for the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday as expected, leading to plenty of confusion before and during the game. But matters later became clear when the team revealed that Raanta did not play because he was involved in a car collision on his way to the game." February 02

  • Coyotes Unlikely To Make Major Move By The Trade Deadline

    Pro Hockey Rumors "With Arizona sitting dead last in the standings league-wide, it would be reasonable to think that GM John Chayka may be looking to shake things up. However, he told Craig Morgan of Arizona Sports that this isn’t likely to be the case: “I’ve had numerous discussions on a lot of different..." February 01

  • NHL announces details of 2018 All-Star Skills Competition

    Pro Hockey Talk "We know who’s going to Tampa this week for the 2018 NHL All-Star Game, and now we know what events will make up this year’s Skills Competition. On Saturday night (7 p.m. ET, NBCSN), there will be six events focusing on individuality, with the winning player taking home $25,000 for each victory...." January 23

  • Blue Jackets trade John Ramage to Coyotes for future considerations

    Arizona Sports "The Arizona Coyotes announced Monday they had traded for Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman John Ramage in exchange for future considerations. Ramage, 26, played in 33 games for the Cleveland Monsters this season with two goals, seven assists and a minus-10 plus-minus. He was originally drafted..." January 22