NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 28: Nick Johnson #25 of the Minnesota Wild takes a shot on Pekka Rinne #35 of the Nashville Predators at the Bridgestone Arena on December 28, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
The Coyotes have made a couple of moves this off-season, they acquired Steve Sullivan for one year, they inked David Moss for two years, they re-signed Kyle Chipchura, Alexandre Bolduc, and Andy Miele, and of course they traded for Zbynek Michalek. The Yotes also made a couple of smaller moves, they have signed another people to one-year, two-way contracts. Perhaps because Coyotes fans have off-ice issues we have been focusing on the past few weeks, perhaps because these guys may spend time in the AHL but for whatever reason these guys don’t get the same attention, but here is the stats of these players.
Chad Johnson spent the last three seasons playing mostly in the AHL for the Connecticut Whale although he did play a few games with the New York Rangers in the 09-10 and 10-11. His last season with the Whale he was 22-18-6 and had a .919 save percentage with a 2.49 goals against average. He is likely to be spend the season in Portland, where the Pirates currently have two goaltenders, Justin Pogge (an UFA) and Peter Mannino.
Chris Conner is a right winger who has been playing in the NHL and AHL since 2005-2006. He has spent time with the Dallas Stars, the Pittsburgh Penguins, and the Detroit Red Wings and their AHL affiliates. The most time he ever spent in the NHL was the 2011-2012 season where he spent 60 games with the Penguins where he was 7-9-16 and had 10 penalty minutes. Last season he spent 8 games with the Red Wings where he was 1-2-3 and 57 games with the Grand Rapids Griffins where he recorded 16-37-53 with 22 penalty minutes. He was a +2 in Detroit and +4 in Grand Rapids.
Rob Klinkhammer is a left winger who has played in the AHL since 2007-2008 and played his first game in the NHL with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2010-2011. Last season he played 15 games with the Ottawa Senators where he was 0-2-2 and had 2 penalty minutes, that same season he played 18 games with the Rockford IceHogs where he was 2-4-6 and was a -4 and 35 games with the Binghamton Senators and was 12-23-35 and a -5. Last season after a game against the Florida Panthers, Senators coach Paul MacLean called Klinkhammer "one of our best players."
Nick Johnson is a right winger who has a decent chance of spending the entire season in Phoenix next year. September 29, 2012 he was claimed off of waivers by the Minnesota Wild and he spent the entire season with them, playing 77 games and recording 8-18-26 while being a -6 for that season. Previously he spent some time with the Penguins, playing 10 games for them between 2009 and 2011. Hockey Wilderness did a Season Grade of Nick Johnson and they specifically stated that "He instantly started forechecking hard, creating plays, leading by example," but later in the season his game seemed to stop. Hopefully if he does spend the entire season with the Coyotes, which seems very possible, he plays a consistently strong game like he did in the beginning with Minnesota.
Right Wing / Phoenix Coyotes
Jun 14, 1987
Joel Rechlicz is a right winger who has spent most of his time in the AHL, although he played 23 games with the New York Islanders between 2008-2010, and three games with the Washington Capitals last season. He has yet to record a goal in a NHL game and has 1 assist in the 2008-2009 season. He has 105 penalty minutes in his 26 games in the NHL. Last season he had 267 penalty minutes in the AHL, which was second in the entire AHL and in his 122 career AHL games he has 645 penalty minutes. According to Wikipedia his enforcer role has earned him the nickname "Wrecker."