Following the Coyotes 3-0 loss to the Calgary Flames on Saturday night, GM Don Maloney went into the Arizona dressing room, which he rarely does post-game, to have conversation with his players.
According to hockey insider Bob McKenzie, Maloney threatened his players, who currently have limited no-trade clauses, and told them he would seek trades.
Maloney then followed up with the player’s agents seeking a list of teams they would be willing to waive their no-trade clause for.
Players who have reportedly garnered interest from other teams include Keith Yandle, Antoine Vermette, Mikkel Boedker and Martin Hanzal.
Per CapGkeek, players with some form of a no-trade clause in their contract include David Moss, Martin Erat, Zbynek Michalek and Mike Smith.
At that point in the schedule, Arizona had won just one of six games. The Coyotes split a recent trip to Alberta winning in Edmonton and then losing again to the Flames.
Arizona plays host to the L.A. Kings tonight.
Lost in the carnage of last night’s Maple Leafs’ performance were another two points, a goal and an assist, for Predators rookie Filip Forsberg.
Forsberg now leads all NHL rookies with 22 points, almost double the total of Calgary’s Johnny Gaudreau (13), currently in second.
While much of the focus surrounding Forsberg’s success has fallen on the Washington Capitals’ decision in April of 2013 to trade the 11th overall pick in the 2012 draft (they had reportedly been “souring” on him), it’s not like he joined the Preds and immediately started piling up the points.
“Everybody gets to the NHL when they’re ready to get to the NHL, when they’re good enough,” GM David Poile said, per the Canadian Press. “We probably forced him. I think he was just too young. How many times do we need to realize that these guys really benefit from coming over to North America, going to Milwaukee, going through that process?”
We’re certainly not saying that Forsberg needing time in the AHL justifies the Caps’ decision to trade him for Martin Erat. In fact, in hindsight, it makes them look extremely impatient. Some players — Detroit’s Gustav Nyquist comes to mind — require even more time in the minors.
But it’s a good reminder that identifying and drafting good talent is only the first step. Developing them the right way is equally as important.
And for Forsberg, that development is an ongoing process.
“He’s a good young player that’s finding his way, he’s done a nice job at the start of the season,” coach Peter Laviolette said.
Translation: let’s pump the brakes a bit. It’s only been 18 games.
Defensemen Mat Clark has been recalled by the Anaheim Ducks from the American Hockey League’s Norfolk Admirals.
The call-up likely has to do with the uncertainty surrounding defensemen Francois Beauchemin (flu) and Cam Fowler (lower body).
Fowler was injured Friday night following a hit on Martin Erat. The 22-year-old appeared to injure his left knee or leg.
Clark, 24, has two assists and 21 penalty minutes in 11 games with the Norfolk Admirals this season. He appeared in two games with the Ducks during the 2011-12 season and had a minus-2 rating. Clark was the Ducks second-round pick (37th overall) in 2009.
The Ducks also sent defensive prospect Shea Theodore back to the Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey League. The 19-year-old had three goals and two assists in five games with the Admirals. Theodore was the Ducks’ first-round selection (26th overall) in 2013. He has yet to make his NHL debut.
Anaheim plays host to the Vancouver Canucks tonight.