Don Maloney is a busy man.
Having already inked former Canucks center Brad Richardson to a three-year deal, the Coyotes GM set about getting to the salary cap floor by adding a trio of veterans — forward Steve Downie (formerly of Pittsburgh), defenseman Zbynek Michalek (formerly of St. Louis) and goalie Anders Lindback (formerly of Buffalo).
Downie deal is one-year at $1.75M with ARIZ per @RealKyper
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) July 1, 2015
One year, $875 k for Lindback in Arizona
— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) July 1, 2015
Zbynek Michalek signs in Arizona for 2 Years. #SigningSeason
— John Shannon (@JSportsnet) July 1, 2015
The Michalek move — $6.4 million total, $3.2M average annual cap hit — is interesting, as the Coyotes dealt him to St. Louis at the deadline and promptly brought him back.
Lindback will presumably serve as Mike Smith’s backup next season and Downie… well, he’s now onto his fifth NHL team in eight years, having already spent time in Philly, Tampa Bay, Colorado and Pittsburgh.