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Where Are They Now? The retired and non-contracted players of the 2012 team

Today we look at the players who aren’t playing the game any longer, by choice or by medical need.

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Today we’re going to talk about the players who are non-contracted and/or retired from playing the game of hockey from the 2012 Western Conference Final team.

Bold are starters. Italics are Black Aces, suspensions, or injuries.

Retired and Non-Contracted Players

# Pos Name Now?
# Pos Name Now?
15 C BOYD GORDON No Contract
19 R SHANE DOAN (C) No Contract
22 C DAYMOND LANGKOW Retired 2012
39 L BRETT MACLEAN Retired 2012
33 D ADRIAN AUCOIN Retired 2013
13 L RAY WHITNEY Retired 2014
53 D DEREK MORRIS Retired 2014
14 L TAYLOR PYATT Retired 2015
52 C BRETT HEXTALL Retired 2015
16 D ROSTISLAV KLESLA Retired 2016
1 G JASON LABARBERA Retired 2016
36 R MATT WATKINS Retired 2016
37 L RAFFI TORRES Retired 2016
12 L PAUL BISSONNETTE Retired 2017

Non-Contracted Players (As of July 10, 2017)

Lauri Korpikoski was last seen playing for the Columbus Blue Jackets after he was traded there from Dallas at the trade deadline. Korpikoski was last a Coyote in the 2014-15 season and was traded to Edmonton for center Boyd Gordon shortly before the draft. It’s uncertain if Korpikoski will be signing another contract with an NHL team as he is only 30 years old, but for now the free agent remains unsigned.

Boyd Gordon was last seen playing for the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, the AHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers. At 33, he is an older center, but his type of play is extremely rough on his body. Gordon could be picked up as a less expensive option for a 4th line center, or someone to shore up an AHL team.

Shane Doan was last seen playing for the Arizona Coyotes. We all know how this went down and it could have done way better. Doan is still looking at options to play this season, but at 40 now and turning 41 shortly after the season starts, it’s unsure if a team will take a flyer on Captain Coyote.

Retired Players (as of July 10, 2017)

Daymond Langkow retired in 2012 after the Western Conference Final run. The Coyotes were Langkow’s last shot at winning the Stanley Cup. After 1090 NHL games played, he hung up his skates. The (then) 35-year-old center was in his 17th NHL season and had a career total of 270 goals and 402 assists for 672 points in the regular season.

Brett Maclean retired 2012 after his heart stopped during an offseason game of pick-up hockey. He was only starting to crack the NHL line-ups when the medical event happened to him.

Adrian Aucoin retired in 2013 with the Columbus Blue Jackets. After the run, he signed for one year with Columbus, playing 36 games during the shortened season with the team. He retired having played 1108 NHL games with 121 goals and 278 assists for 399 points at the age of 39.

Ray Whitney, or “The Wizard”, Retired in 2014 with the Dallas Stars. Whitney was the solution to the who played left wing with Vrbata and Hanzal problem during the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons. He retired at 41, having played 1330 NHL games with 385 goals and 679 assists for 1064 points. He has been working with the Carolina Hurricanes as a pro scout over the last two seasons.

Derek Morris retired in 2014 at the age of 36 after a rough season with the Coyotes. He played in 1107 games had 92 goals and 332 assists for 424 points. He has been coaching youth teams since his retirement, including the Junior Coyotes, who are a very successful youth team in the Valley.

Taylor Pyatt retired in 2015 after playing one season in the NLA, or the Swiss A League. In his NHL career, he played 859 games and had 140 goals and 140 assists for 280 points. Pyatt bounced around the league a bit after he played for the Coyotes up until he retired at the age of 33.

Brett Hextall retired in 2015 with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, the AHL team of the Flyers. You may remember his father, Ron Hextall, former Flyers goalie and General Manager of the current Flyers team. Hextall was an AHL lifer. He played 260 games and had 33 goals and 34 assists for 67 points in his career. He retired at age 27.

Rostislav Klesla retired in 2016 in the Czech League as captain of Trinec. After his concussion at the start of the 2013-14 season, Klesla never seemed to find his game again. He ended his career in North America in the AHL, but he still had a steady NHL career. He played 654 games and had 48 goals and 111 assists for 159 points. He retired at the age of 34.

Jason Labarbera retired in 2016 with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Labarbera bounced around a lot after his stay with the Coyotes. He ended up playing in the AHL at the end of his career. He played in 187 NHL games with a goals against average of 2.85 and a save percentage of .907. He is now the goaltending coach of the Calgary Hitmen in the WHL at the age of 37.

Matt Watkins retired in 2016 after a short stint in Europe, but was mostly an AHL Lifer in North America. He played 326 games with 59 goals and 91 assists for 150 points. He retired after playing in Liiga at the age of 30.

Raffi Torres retired in 2016 after a major setback from his ACL repair the year before with the San Jose Sharks. Torres career was rife with suspensions and injuries, and in the end, his knee just gave out. He played a total of 635 NHL games had 137 goals and 123 assists for 260 points. He retired at the age of 34.

Paul ‘BizNasty’ Bissonnette retired in 2017 and the age of 32 with the Kings organization, but he will be back in our hearts as the new radio color guy for the Arizona Coyotes this fall. Bissonnette had a major knee injury and surgery that helped end his career. He played in 202 NHL games had 7 goals and 15 assists for 22 points in his career. We look forward to hearing him on the radio with Heeter this fall.

That wraps up day one of where are they now. Tomorrow we take a look at players who are overseas playing still.

Which non-contract/retired player was your favorite Coyote during the 2012 run?