Brandon Gormley

Coyotes’ leading goalscorer Boedker (upper body) week-to-week

The Coyotes have lost five straight games and now they have to carry on without leading goal scorer Mikkel Boedker. Arizona announced that he’s week-to-week with an upper-body injury.

“He’s a good offensive player and it just seems like he’s playing with a lot of confidence right now,” head coach Dave Tippett said, per Fox Sports’ Todd Walsh. “He’ll certainly be missed out of our lineup… It’s funny how it goes. We’ve been pushing people to start scoring more, other than him, and now it’s a necessity with him gone.”

Boedker enjoyed a four-game goal scoring streak from Jan. 8-15. He has 14 goals and 28 points in 45 contests this season. He was also on the fourth longest consecutive games played streak at 257.

Arizona has placed him on the injured reserve list and activated Brandon Gormley (lower body), according to the Arizona Republic’s Sarah McLellan.

The Coyotes have fallen to 16-24-5. Only six points separates them and the NHL’s basement.

Coyotes waive Summers, McMillan (Updated)


The Arizona Coyotes have placed forward Brandon McMillan and defenseman Chris Summers on waivers, per TVA.

McMillan, 24, is probably the more noteworthy of the two, as he appeared in 38 of Arizona’s 41 games this year, scoring one goal and three points. A former third-round pick of Anaheim (85th overall, 2008), McMillan had a solid rookie campaign for the Ducks — 11 goals, 21 points in 60 games — but failed to find similar success with the Coyotes after being acquired in exchange for Matthew Lombardi at the ’13 trade deadline.

Summers, 26, had an even higher draft pedigree — he was the Coyotes’ first-round pick at the 2006 NHL Entry Draft — but has never made good on that promise, appearing in just 61 games over the course of five years with the organization. In 14 games this year he’s posted a minus-12 rating while averaging just over 13 minutes per night.


Some other transactions from the Coyotes today that put the Summers/McMillan moves in perspective:

— Martin Hanzal was placed on IR.

— Brandon Gormley is out tonight.

— Philip Samuelsson has been recalled from AHL Portland.

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With Arizona in shakeup mode, more trade calls could be coming


A sixth straight home loss was the straw that broke the camel’s back.

Following Thursday’s listless 4-0 defeat to L.A. at Gila River Arena, the Arizona Coyotes shook things up in a major way (by Coyotes standards, anyway) on Friday: Kyle Chipchura was waived, Rob Klinkhammer was traded and David Schlemko was sent to the minors.

On their way up? Andrew Campbell, a 26-year-old defenseman that’s appeared in just three NHL games and 22-year-old Jordan Martinook, the club’s second-round pick at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft who’s yet to make his big-league debut.

Those two will join the likes of Connor Murphy (21 years old) Tobias Rieder (21), Brandon McMillan (24), Michael Stone (24) and Brandon Gormley (22, on injured reserve) as some of the young faces on the active roster.

The shakeup shouldn’t come as a huge surprise. The Coyotes held a team meeting following last night’s embarrassing loss and, on Saturday, GM Don Maloney reportedly threatened to ship out some of the team’s players.

It’s the most definitive move Maloney’s made in recent months.

The organization has repeatedly flip-flopped on philosophy this season; in September, Maloney said Arizona would make a “concerted effort” to give young prospects a shot at making the NHL, and gave a sobering preview of what he expected for the year.

“We can’t sit here and say we match up, No. 1 line to No. 1 line, with many teams in the West,” he said, per Fox Sports Arizona. “But maybe we can control the top lines and outperform the lower lines.”

That approach didn’t last long.

In early October, the club scrapped the proposed youth movement — sending first-rounders Max Domi to junior and Henrik Samuelsson back to the AHL — because, according to Maloney, the Coyotes “need to be a playoff team.”

“We just think for our franchise right now, we have to be competitive,” he explained, per the Arizona Republic. “We need to be a playoff team. That’s what’s going to get people excited and in the building.

“Nobody has an appetite to just throw in the towel.”

In late October, Maloney flip-flopped again. He said the team was “not anywhere good enough,” adding “we need to get better or things are going to change around here.”

Last week, the GM seemed to be at his breaking point with his struggling team, one that currently sits second from bottom in the Pacific Division and 13th in the Western Conference.

“When you take a hard look at where you’re at relative to the competition and when you take a look at what’s happening around the league, I think that’s where we need to take this team,” Maloney said, per FOX Sports Arizona. “The team speed and tempo and pace that we play at it is not as high as it needs to be. The way you get more quickness is generally with younger players and you see that all around the league.

He added, “The last three to four years, we’ve been reaching down to older, veteran players and that’s how we started the season, but we haven’t gotten the results we had hoped to get.”

Given today’s moves, all eyes will probably turn to two of Arizona’s key assets: Antoine Vermette and Keith Yandle. Vermette’s a UFA at season’s end and already at the center of trade talks; Yandle’s rumored to have been on the block for what feels like three years, and is only under contract for one more season.

All of this, of course, comes with the franchise purchase by Andrew Barroway still looming. The transaction will reportedly be approved soon, at which time Arizona could make even more moves in an effort to further embrace the youth movement — or, make a potential foray into the Connor McDavid/Jack Eichel sweepstakes.

Coyotes put Gormley on IR, recall recently-waived Schlemko

The Arizona Coyotes made a move to replace Brandon Gormley on Tuesday, recalling veteran blueliner David Schlemko from AHL Portland.

Gormley, 22, was the club’s first-round pick (13th overall) at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. After failing to make the team out of training camp he was recalled in early November and went on to appear in six games, scoring his first-ever NHL goal in Sunday’s 2-1 win over Edmonton — which he left with an apparent lower-body injury.

Per the Arizona Republic, he’s been placed on injured reserve.

Schlemko, who was placed on waivers four days ago, will be back up with the club for tonight’s game against Washington. The 27-year-old has been with the ‘Yotes since signing as an undrafted free agent in 2007, but has been a healthy scratch on a number of occasions this season.

Schlemko’s most recent game for Arizona came last Thursday, when he played 17 minutes in a 5-3 loss to Calgary.


Dubnyk rises to occasion against former Edmonton teammates

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Coyotes goaltender Devan Dubnyk wasn’t able to earn his second straight shutout, but he did stand tall against his former team in Arizona’s 2-1 victory over Edmonton.

Dubnyk turned aside 33 of 34 shots tonight to improve to a 2.25 GAA and .925 save percentage in six games this season. Those numbers are in stark contrast to 2013-14 when he struggled mightily with the Edmonton Oilers until they finally traded him to the Nashville Predators on Jan. 15 in exchange for Matt Hendricks. After Dubnyk became a free agent this summer, he signed the Coyotes in the hopes of turning his career around.

His otherwise perfect night was spoiled by Taylor Hall with just 5:50 remaining in regulation time.

It was Hall’s first game in roughly two weeks due to a knee injury. Still, it wasn’t enough to save Edmonton, which is now 6-10-2 this season.

Brandon Gormley scored his first career goal to put the Coyotes on the board in the first period and Mikkel Boedker netted the game-winner.

Thanks in large part to Dubnyk’s efforts, Arizona has now won two straight games to improve to 8-9-1 this season.