Free agency is every's favorite time of year. The Arizona Coyotes were active this free agency, gaining depth for the NHL team and building depth for the AHL team. There were no splashes with big names or big contracts, but they seemed to come out a little better than they were before 9am Pacific time.
Jamie McGinn is a good pick up. The contract is three years, and $10 million dollars for the left wing. Last season he was a 22 goal scorer and the year before he scored 19. Secondary scoring has always been an issue with the Coyotes. Adding in someone who can finish will help the team in the long run. And if he isn't able to replicate his scoring flair this year, then he can play up and down the middle six with little difficulty.
Kevin Connauton comes back after not being qualified with a two-year, $2 million dollar deal. Connauton was picked up via waivers from Columbus last season. He's a strong left handed defender who stepped in nicely when Oliver Ekman-Larsson went down with his shoulder injury last season. He may be the third defender on the left side but having defensive depth at this point is what the Coyotes need.
Justin Peters had an amazing season with the Hershey Bears in the Washington Capitals organization. They signed him to a 1 year, $600k deal most likely to be the starter for the Tucson Roadrunners with Mike Smith and Louis Domingue the clear NHL favorites. After last season, having goalie depth is being addressed. The AHL team will have a fighting chance to be competitive with a goalie like Peters. I like this move a lot.
Klas Dahlbeck was brought back with a 1 year, $750K deal. Last year was a down year for the young defender. He could be down as their seventh defender if his puck possession game is not better. Playing mostly with Zbynek Michalek last season, hopefully he will come into camp having worked on his issues.
Jamie McBain is a good depth signing for the Coyotes. He attended the Coyotes training camp in the 2014-15 season. He was with the L.A. Kings the past two seasons. As a right handed defender, the Coyotes need to shore up that position. He will most likely play a lot of time in the AHL since he is on a two way contract, but having a just in case of a right handed defender will make things a little easier for the team. He picked up a 1 year, $600k deal.
Chris Mueller came over from the San Diego Gulls, the Anaheim AHL team. He played 63 games last season and had 20 goals and 37 assists. This is nice added depth for the Roadrunners. We'll see how he goes through camp, but more depth at center is never a bad thing. His 1 year, $600k deal seems like a good one.
The Coyotes bring back Jarred Tinordi with a 1 year, $700k deal. Tinordi still has four games left on his suspension for use of performance enhancing substances. Tinordi was okay in the games he played before he was suspended but the team is not giving up on him just because of that. Tinordi is a former first round pick. The Coyotes tend to pick up restoration projects, hopefully they can turn this one around.
Ryan White picked up a 1 year, $1 million dollar deal. Last year with the Philadelphia Flyers he played 73 games and put up 11 goals and 5 assists. He also had 101 penalty minutes. He will most likely be taking Boyd Gordon's place as 4th line center. If he can keep his cool and not rack up the penalty minutes, I'll be okay with this deal.
Garret Ross was signed to a 1 year, $600k deal. For more on why this is controversial signing please read this. He will most likely spend most of the time in the AHL.
The Coyotes did okay during the first day of Free Agency. Addressing some needs and leaving cap and roster space for the RFA's yet to be signed. Nothing outstanding, except maybe a steal on Jamie McGainn. Now the Coyotes need to focus on their last big free agent that they are wanting to sign, the captain Shane Doan. Hopefully the news comes down soon that he has extended, but if you ask other sources, they don't think it'll be close any time soon.