That left CBJ with a surplus of blueliners — previously, Andrew Bodnarchuk had been claimed by Colorado — and the decision was made to expose Connauton on the wire.
And that’s when Arizona swooped in.
A decent offensive defenseman — he had eight points in 27 games this year — Connauton is still relatively young and has over 100 games of NHL experience. The 25-year-old is also in the last of a three-year, $2.05M deal with a $683,333 cap hit, and will be a nice insurance policy on Arizona’s back end.
For Connauton, the move back West should be familiar. He began his NHL career with the Vancouver organization, before spending a few years in Dallas.