The Arizona Coyotes announced this morning that they had come to terms with RFAs Klas Dahlbeck and Jordan Martinook on new contracts. Dahlbeck's is a one-year, two-way deal, while Martinook's is a two-year, two-way deal.
Martinook is a 22 year old forward selected 58th overall in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. He made his first appearance with the Coyotes this season as part of an eight game stint. During his time with the parent club, Martinook recorded one assist, posted a 5v5 SAT For Percentage of 57.45, and had an offensive/defensive zone start percentage differential of 3.16.
The Brandon, Manitoba native will head into training camp competing for one of the few open roster spots on the Coyotes' depth chart. Should he not make it, another stint in AHL Springfield is in the cards. Thus far, Martinook has 38 goals and 54 assists in 182 regular season AHL games.
Dahlbeck's contract is a little more interesting. The 79th overall pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Dahlbeck was traded by the Chicago Blackhawks in conjunction with the first round selection the Coyotes would use to draft Nick Merkley as part of the Antoine Vermette trade. He recorded three assists in 19 games with the Coyotes, and a 1-3-4 season in 23 games between both clubs.
What is surprising about Dahlbeck's deal is that it is two-ways. The Coyotes will be able to pay him less should he be assigned to Springfield. Though typically a two-way contract suggests that the brass is less bullish about his chances of sticking in the NHL, it is worth noting that Dahlbeck was not eligible to file for salary arbitration. As a result, the Coyotes had almost all of the leverage in any contract negotiations.
With these two signings, Brandon Gormley and Louis Domingue remain the only two restricted free agents the Coyotes have yet to bring under contract.
We will update this story as salary information becomes available.