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2014 NHL Draft - Round 2-7

Attention agents: Coyotes are at least $18M from cap floor


For many NHL teams, the most relevant salary cap news for 2015-16 is that the ceiling will be $71.4 million. In the case of the Arizona Coyotes, it may be a strenuous race to the floor.

The floor is set at $52.8 million, which means the Coyotes will need to spend more than $18 million to get there.

(General Fanager has their cap spending at a slightly lower level, but let’s stick with “more than $18 million” to keep things simple.)

Whatever the exact amount may be, this development generated a slew of jokes from those hoping their teams would shed unwanted salaries. Just looking at the replies to that Five for Howling tweet, here are some “friendly suggestions.”

Anyway, you get the point, but there are a few things to consider.

For one thing, the Coyotes have a ton of players they can re-sign.

Granted, some of them might not be worth retaining, like maybe Martin Erat. Still, the likes of Mikkel Boedker should eat up space, and the Coyotes may want to pay extra for a backup in case embattled starter Mike Smith isn’t a pretty good goalie after all.

On the other hand, Oliver Ekman-Larsson ranks among those who are concerned that the Coyotes’ latest off-the-ice saga may hurt their standing in the eyes of many free agents. That, along with a surplus of available draft picks, could indeed mean that Arizona GM Don Maloney may prefer to call up teams suffering from cap crunches.

Long story short: it may be silly too dream too big here, but go ahead and make your Cam Ward/Mike Richards/etc. jokes as needed. A long summer is coming, after all.

Video: Andersen’s sprawling save, Getzlaf fights Doan

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Do you prefer fight videos or clips of tremendous saves? This post of Anaheim Ducks – Arizona Coyotes highlights has one example of each, so everyone should be happy. Right?

First, let’s check out Frederik Andersen making a highlight reel save against Martin Erat as he finally got back into the Ducks’ lineup:

If that wasn’t enough, we got a captain fight as Shane Doan let off some post-trade-deadline steam in a bout against Ryan Getzlaf:

The Ducks ended up winning the game 4-1.

Coyotes recall ’12 first-rounder Samuelsson, youth movement underway?

Los Angeles Kings v Arizona Coyotes

Plummeting down the standings and likely to be a seller leading up to Monday’s trade deadline, Arizona kicked off what could be a youth movement by recalling Henrik Samuelsson from AHL Portland on Wednesday.

Samuelsson, 21, was the club’s first-round pick (27th overall) at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. He’s scored 10 goals and 25 points in 50 games with the Pirates this season — his first in the AHL — this coming after a stellar junior career in which he led WHL Edmonton to a Memorial Cup.

Samuelsson will join a Coyotes’ forward group that already includes two 22-year-olds in Lucas Lessio and Tobias Rieder. On defense, Arizona is currently carrying the likes of 21-year-old Connor Murphy and two 23-year-olds in Brandon Gormley and Oliver Ekman-Larsson.

In late January, Coyotes GM Don Maloney said the club might also give 19-year-old Max Domi — the team’s first-round pick at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft — his big-league debut this season, once he was done playing with OHL London.

All of this points to the likelihood of an Antoine Vermette trade happening in the not-too-distant future. Other vets like Martin Erat, Zbynek Michalek, David Moss and Keith Yandle could also be on the move.

Coyotes’ Maloney on deadline deals: ‘We’d just like a little bit more than is being offered’

Don Maloney, Dave Tippett

Its no secret the Arizona Coyotes are sellers as the March 2 trade deadline fast approaches, but GM Don Maloney hasn’t been wowed by offers.

Maloney was on Arizona Sports 98.7 Wednesday morning discussing his strategy surrounding the trade deadline.

“We have a clear price in mind for not only Antoine [Vermette], but any of our people here,” said Maloney. “We know we’re having a difficult season. We need to bring some young assets in.

“We want to introduce more youth and speed into our lineup, which is what we plan on doing going forward.”

In addition to Vermette, players rumored to be available include Keith Yandle, Martin Erat and Zbynek Michalek.

However, Maloney hasn’t been impressed by offers thus far.

“We have good assets. We have good people that other teams would like to acquire,” he said. “We’d just like a little bit more than is being offered right now.”

Arizona (20-31-7) sits five points ahead of the last place Edmonton Oilers in the Western Conference and will likely miss the playoffs for a third consecutive season.

“We know looking at our year we have to be quicker. We have to have a lot more energy into our group. We need to defend better. So all of those areas are going to be addressed. Hopefully a little bit right now at the trade deadline, but certainly in the offseason we think we can do some things to make us certainly a lot more entertaining next year.”

The Coyotes have lost four straight and have just one win in their last seven games. Arizona is back in action Saturday when they play host to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Even Ekman-Larsson could be ‘up for grabs’ as Coyotes take ‘a step back’

Oliver Ekman-Larsson

We already know the Arizona Coyotes are willing to trade Antoine Vermette.

We also have a pretty good idea that Keith Yandle is available.

But Oliver Ekman-Larsson? Would they really trade him?

“Oliver Ekman-Larsson is a player that we would certainly be very, very reluctant to part with,” GM Don Maloney said today on TSN 1200 (audio), “but as far as I am concerned, when you’re sitting with our record, and we’re three or four worst records in the league, then everybody is up for grabs.”

Ekman-Larsson is a young defenseman who plays a ton and boasts all sorts of offensive talent. And just so we don’t misconstrue what was said, Maloney actually brought up the 23-year-old as an example of someone who was unlikely to be traded.

Maloney’s point was simply that nobody — save for captain Shane Doan, who’s “not going anywhere” — is untouchable as the Coyotes begin the process of “taking a step back” and “resetting” the organization with younger players.

Besides Vermette and Yandle, the Coyotes have a number of other veterans who could draw trade interest prior to the March 2 deadline, including forwards Martin Erat and Martin Hanzal and d-man Zbynek Michalek.

Related: Maloney says plan ‘may result in some long nights ahead’