Author: Mike Halford

Anaheim Ducks v Arizona Coyotes

Coyotes sign Dahlbeck, acquired in Vermette trade


The Coyotes continued to lock in some of their younger prospects on Monday, agreeing to terms with defenseman Klas Dahlbeck and forward Jordan Martinook.

Per the club, Dahlbeck — acquired in the deadline deal for Antoine Vermette — has inked a one-year, two-way deal while Martinook’s is for two-years, and also a two-way.

Dahlbeck, 24, split last season between Arizona and Chicago, scoring four points in 23 games. At 6-foot-3, 207 pounds, he’s got good size and should compete for a spot on the Arizona blueline next season.

Martinook, 22, was the club’s second-round pick (58th overall) in 2012 and appeared in eight NHL games last year, spending most of the season with the club’s AHL affiliate.

Like Dahlbeck, Martinook should challenge for a roster spot next year; the Coyotes have said they’re going to “fast-track” some prospects to the NHL next season, meaning the likes of prized youngsters (Anthony Duclair, Max Domi, Henrik Samuelsson, Dylan Strome, Christian Dvorak) will compete next to some less-heralded talents (like Dahlbeck, Martinook, Phillip Samuelsson and Brendan Shinnimin.)

Maatta (shoulder) expects to be ready for Pens training camp

Olli Maatta

Olli Maatta says he doesn’t look back on the 2014-15 campaign.

That’s probably a good thing.

After a year in which he had a cancerous tumor removed from his neck, got the mumps and had season-ending shoulder surgery, the young Finnish blueliner only wants to look forward to next season, and get healthy for training camp.

“We’re on the schedule,” Maatta said this week, per “Obviously the goal is to be ready for training camp. Everything is going as we planned, so that’s the goal.”

With Paul Martin now in San Jose and Christian Ehrhoff still entertaining free agent offers, the Pens will certainly need Maatta on the back end — and for him to stay injury-free. After scoring nine points in 20 games last year, the shoulder ailment sidelined him on Dec. 6 and the decision to have surgery was made in mid-January.

That essentially snuffed out what many thought would be an impressive campaign; as a rookie in ’13-14, Maatta showed great promise by scoring nine goals and 29 points in 78 games, finishing fifth in Calder voting.

Caps sign tough guy Sill to one-year, two-way deal

Tom Wilson, Zach Sill

Washington has brought in someone to lessen Tom Wilson and Michael Latta’s fight load — Zach Sill, who announced his one-year, two-way deal to the Truro Daily News on Wednesday.

“They came with an offer and it was a good one,” Sill said. “I think there’s a good chance I’ll be able to play there. They have a good strong team and it looks like a good situation to go into.”

The 27-year-old split last season between Pittsburgh and Toronto, finishing with four points in 63 games… and nine fights. Sill’s willingness to drop the gloves should make Washington an even feistier team next year; the Caps were tied for the eighth-most fighting majors (31) last year, thanks in large part to Wilson (who fought 12 times — once against Sill!) and Latta (who fought eight).

No word yet on the financial details of Sill’s deal.