Coyotes GM John Chayka was a busy man on Wednesday — trading goalie Justin Peters to Dallas, and forward Henrik Samuelsson to Edmonton — actions that may speak louder than words.
That’s telling, because his words were pretty audible to begin with.
“I haven’t had any discussions in the last several weeks,” Chayka said of potentially trading captain Shane Doan, per Arizona Sports. “A month away [from the trade deadline], it’s not something that’s pressing on either side.”
Chayka essentially confirmed his attention has been elsewhere recently. He’s continually tinkered with his roster makeup over the last few weeks, first by acquiring ex-Jets center Alex Burmistrov off waivers.
Then he sent Anthony Duclair to the AHL — while giving yet another rookie, Christian Fischer, a recall and his NHL debut — before pulling off yesterday’s trades.
Chayka could also be focused on other, bigger deals that don’t include Doan.
Simply put, the Coyotes still need some significant retooling. Chayka sounds like he’s putting that atop the priority list, with a potential Doan trade somewhere below.
“We’re just focused on our own team here in terms of improving in the short-term and the long-term,” he said.