The Arizona Coyotes made five more cuts today at training camp, reducing the overall number of players vying for an NHL spot on opening night to 27.
Defensemen Anthony DeAngelo and Dakota Mermis, forwards Christian Fischer and Stefan Fournier, and goaltender Justin Peters were the five sent to the Coyotes’ American Hockey League affiliate in Tucson on Saturday afternoon, the team confirmed.
Arizona will need to make four more roster cuts to get to 23 before the season begins.
Notable players still with the club include forwards Lawson Crouse, Laurent Dauphin, Christian Dvorak, and Dylan Strome, as well as defenseman Jakob Chychrun. Arizona may not need to cut four more players, as injuries might open up a few additional opportunities at the beginning of the season.
Coach Dave Tippett noted that Connauton & Stone could start on IR while Tinordi is suspended 4 more games. That takes it down to 26. 3 left.— Craig Morgan (@craigsmorgan) October 8, 2016
The deadline for the Coyotes to get to 23 active players is Tuesday. With the preseason slate completed, the Coyotes’ coaching staff will get a chance to closely monitor the remaining candidates for roster spots in practice and make final decisions.
Arizona’s toughest decisions will center around the future of Strome and Chychrun, who cannot be assigned to the AHL if they do not make the roster. For the two of them, it’s either the NHL or the OHL.
The Coyotes open up the regular season on Saturday against the Philadelphia Flyers at Gila River Arena.