From all the buzz surrounding yesterday's interview with Greg Jamison, we now return to our regularly scheduled Countdown to Coyotes Preseason. As we are 25 days away, let's take a look at the other significant free agent signed by General Manager Don Maloney this offseason. Though he will no longer wear the No. 25 as he did in Calgary (due to the Coyotes retirement of #25 in honor of Thomas Steen), David Moss will have an important role to play for the Phoenix Coyotes this coming season. Read on to learn a little bit more about the man from Livonia, Michigan...
David Moss was a product of the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders of the United States Hockey League before going on to play four seasons at the University of Michigan. He was drafted 220th overall by the Calgary Flames in 2001, and proceeded to spend 7 seasons with the Flames organization. In 317 games over 6 NHL seasons, Moss has collected 124 points (61G, 63A) in the regular season, and six points (4G, 2A) in 17 playoff games. Calgary decided to part ways with their forward this offseason, which led to Don Maloney offering Moss a two-year contract, which he promptly accepted.
The biggest deficiency with Moss' game, and the reason why he was probably overlooked on the free agent market, is that David Moss has battled substantial injury issues throughout his career. Moss has only played a full season once in his career, and has played in fewer than 50 games for 3 of his professional seasons (in fairness, one of those seasons was his rookie year in which he split time between the Flames and the Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights of the AHL). In 2011-12, Moss only played in 32 games, and only in 58 games the year before that.
There are two pieces of good news for David Moss. First, none of his injuries have been concussion or head related, which means there aren't any reoccurring symptoms the Coyotes have to be concerned with. The other good news is when healthy, Moss has produced at a 20G-20A pace. Dave Tippett and the coaching staff will look to Moss to help improve their scoring-by-committee style offense as well as provide a large, physical presence on the 3rd line to replace what they lost with Taylor Pyatt signing with the New York Rangers. If Moss can stay healthy, he will continue the proud tradition of Don Maloney fleecing the rest of the NHL.