It looks like GM Don Maloney is getting back to business as the Coyotes made a couple of moves today. First we acquired Stefan Meyer from the Florida Panthers for Steven Reinprecht, who they immediately turned around and inked to a 3 year deal worth an average of 2 million a year. Reinprecht was in and out of the lineup for the Coyotes this past season and was kind of expected to be dealt at the trade deadline. He's a solid center and a good locker room guy, but with all the young guys getting ice time it looks like he got squeezed out. In return we got a guy that has played alright in the AHL for the Rochester Americans, last season he was 18-22-40, but has only seen time in 4 NHL games. This is another case of GM Don Maloney getting something rather than nothing by trading Rhino's rights instead of just letting him sign. I'm not sure if Meyer is a future NHLer or not, but I'd rather have him that getting nothing in return.
The second move of the day was resigning Petr Prucha to a two year deal. The terms weren't disclosed, but Prucha played pretty well after being traded from New York and was the only one of the three acquired for Derek Morris that really showed that he wanted to earn a contract. A quick look at Prucha's numbers is below.
#16 / Left Wing / Phoenix Coyotes
Sep 14, 1982
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