Tag: Phoenix Coyotes

Mikkel Boedker

Coyotes, Boedker ‘continue to arm wrestle’ for new deal


Sounds like talks are well underway between Arizona and winger Mikkel Boedker on a new deal.

“I’ve been in discussions with his agent,” Coyotes GM Don Maloney explained, per the Arizona Republic. “We’ll continue to arm wrestle to try to get something done.”

Boedker, 25, just wrapped a two-year, $5.1 million deal with a $2.55M average annual cap hit. Still an RFA, he should be in line for a fairly decent raise — the Danish speedster had a nice season for the Coyotes before a season-ending spleen injury in January; he had 14 goals and 28 points in 45 games and was the team’s leading sniper when he got hurt.

Barring a wild turn of events, it’s expected Boedker will be back on Arizona next season. The club only has a handful of forwards under contract next season and given he doesn’t turn 26 until December, Boedker could easily fit into what promises to be a youth movement in the desert; prospects Anthony Duclair and Max Domi will likely be with the big club next year, as could the likes of Henrik Samuelsson, Brendan Perlini and whomever the club takes with the No. 3 overall pick at this year’s draft.

Sens go back to ‘proven playoff’ performer Anderson

Craig Anderson; Brendan Gallagher

Trailing 3-0 and facing elimination, the Ottawa Senators will go back to their veteran netminder tonight at home versus Montreal.

Coach Dave Cameron confirmed this morning that Craig Anderson would get the start over rookie Andrew Hammond.

“He has a proven playoff record of being a real good goalie,” Cameron told reporters.

Anderson stopped all but two of the Canadiens’ 49 shots in Sunday’s 2-1 overtime loss — a defeat that put the Sens on the verge of being swept.

As noted by his coach, the 33-year-old has been a solid playoff performer, registering a career postseason save percentage of .928 in 25 appearances. Among active goalies who’ve started more than 10 playoff games, only Mike Smith, Jonas Hiller, Braden Holtby, and Tuukka Rask have a higher save percentage than that. 

Vermette returns to Blackhawks lineup for Game 3

St Louis Blues v Chicago Blackhawks

Antoine Vermette will make his series debut tonight when the Blackhawks play host to the Nashville Predators.

Vermette, who was acquired from the Arizona Coyotes for a first-round draft pick and defensive prospect Klas Dahlbeck at the trade deadline, was a healthy scratch for the first two games in Nashville.

The 32-year-old had three assists and a minus-2 rating in 19 games with the Blackhawks following the trade.

Andrew Desjardins, who has yet to play in the series, could also return to the lineup tonight.

Desjardins had two assists in 13 games with the Blackhawks after being acquired from the San Jose Sharks prior to the trade deadline.

Report: Leafs granted permission to interview Coyotes’ Burke

Colorado Avalanche v Phoenix Coyotes

Brendan Shanahan’s search for a new front office executive in Toronto will include one of his former teammates.

Per TSN, Shanahan has received permission to interview Arizona goalie coach and assistant GM Sean Burke. The news comes just days after Shanahan cleaned house in Toronto, turfing GM Dave Nonis, the entire coaching staff and the majority of the Maple Leafs’ scouts.

Burke, friendly with Shanahan from their time together in New Jersey, is believed to be in high demand across the league, largely because of his versatility as a coach and executive. He’s has knowledge of and contacts throughout the NHL, having suited up for eight different organizations over a 19-year career, and is viewed as something of a “goalie whisperer” after reviving the careers of Ilya Bryzgalov, Mike Smith and Devan Dubnyk in the desert.

Burke has plenty of hockey operations experience as well. He’s worked under Coyotes GM Don Maloney since 2012 and recently served as part of Hockey Canada’s management team for the 2015 World Juniors.

Last month, Burke — in the final year of his deal with the Coyotes — confirmed he was granted permission to interview elsewhere and explore his managerial options.

“I wanted to manage from the moment I retired,” he said. “Coaching is good because it gives you an additional avenue of experience, being in that dressing room every day, but when you stay in that role too long, it becomes more difficult to get where you want to go.”

Playoff infirmary report: Who’s hurt, who’s coming back?


Patrick Kane, Chicago (broken clavicle)

Originally thought to be out for 12 weeks, Kane cut his recovery time nearly in half and will suit up for Game 1 of Chicago’s series against Nashville. Kane hasn’t played since Feb. 24 but was lighting it up — as per usual — prior to getting hurt, with 64 points in 61 games.

Mark Giordano, Calgary (torn biceps)

There was some optimism earlier in the week when the Flames captain resumed skating and told reporters “I feel like hopefully the rehab is going better than expected.” That said, the injury and subsequent surgery came with a 4-5 month recovery period, so any possible Giordano comeback would come in much later playoff rounds.

Max Pacioretty, Montreal (upper-body)

Pacioretty, Montreal’s leading goalscorer with 37, has been out since getting knocked into the boards versus Florida in the third-final game of the season. He’s been ruled out of Game 1 against Ottawa and Habs head coach Michel Therrien is playing it coy about a potential return date.

Kris Letang, Pittsburgh (concussion)

Letang is unlikely to return this season following a hit from Arizona captain Shane Doan in late March.

Christian Ehrhoff, Pittsburgh (concussion)

Though he’s been cleared for contact, the Pens d-man won’t be available for Game 1. Neither will fellow blueliner Derrick Pouliot.

Travis Hamonic, New York Islanders (undisclosed)

Details on the d-man’s health are far and few between. Will the Isles say what his injury is? No. Have they given a timetable for return? No. All we really know is that Hamonic hasn’t been on the ice at all since taking a hipcheck from Pittsburgh’s Rob Scuderi last Friday, and his status is uncertain.

Kevin Klein, New York Rangers (broken arm)

Out since mid-March, the Rangers blueliner was originally expected to be ready for the playoffs — but now it sounds like his Game 1 status is in question. Klein also didn’t practice on Wednesday, casting further doubt on his ability to suit up for the opener against Pittsburgh.

Jason Garrison, Tampa Bay (upper-body)

When the Bolts d-man was hurt in late March, the club put a 3-4 week timetable on his return. As such, Garrison likely won’t be available for the early parts of the Detroit series; that said, the Lightning did get some good news as fellow blueliners Braydon Coburn and Andrej Sustr looked as though they’d be back in.

Mike Fisher, Nashville (lower-body)

The veteran Preds center missed the final two games of the year, but will draw in for Game 1 against Chicago.

John Gibson, Anaheim (upper-body)

After picking up a knock in practice, Gibson didn’t skate on Wednesday — which points to Frederik Andersen getting the start for Anaheim in Game 1 of its series against the Jets. At this point, it’s worth monitoring this situation to see if Gibson is even healthy enough to back up, as the Ducks have recalled veteran Jason LaBarbera from AHL Norfolk.

Mathieu Perreault, Winnipeg (lower body)

Injured in last Thursday’s shootout loss to Colorado, Perreault hasn’t been practicing or skating but, per Jets head coach Paul Maurice, he is getting better.

“We don’t want to turn it into a bigger problem than it is,” Maurice said, per the Free Press. “He’ll get back out on the ice. He may play based on how he feels after he skates. I expect him to go sooner rather than later.”

Justin Abdelkader, Detroit (hand)

Injured blocking a shot late in the season, Abdelkader is listed as questionable for Game 1 against Tampa Bay. His official status will be announced following the morning skate.