There are a good number of players from the 2012 team that are still active in the NHL and AHL. Sometimes it’s time to move on from a team on your own, or via trade. Below we take a look back at the moves that sent some players away and who is still here.
Bold are starters, Italics are Aces, suspensions, or injuries.
|11||C||MARTIN HANZAL (A)||Dallas|
|3||D||KEITH YANDLE (A)||Florida|
|89||L||MIKKEL BOEDKER||San Jose|
Jordan Szwarz is now playing with the Providence Bruins. After playing a full season with the Springfield Falcons, the Coyotes then AHL team, he opted to stay in the Northeast and signed with the Providence Bruins in 2016. Szwarz fits in well with the P-Bruins, having worn an A his first year with the team.
Chris Summers is now playing with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Summers was included in the Yandle trade to the New York Rangers, where he spent most of his time the past two and a half seasons playing for the Hartford Wolf Pack and only six games with the Rangers. The ‘Baby’ Pens, as they are called, are a great feeder into the Pittsburgh Penguins, and they do bring up players to fill gaps with their NHL team. Summers was buried by left-handed shots in the Coyotes organization, so maybe a new team will get him on the up and up again.
Antoine Vermette is now playing with the Anaheim Ducks. The Coyotes bought out the center’s contract in 2016 and then he moved on to sign a deal with Anaheim. This was the start of change on the Coyotes last season as it allowed Christian Dvorak to take a meaningful role as a center with the team.
Mike Smith is now playing for the Calgary Flames, gone in a trade that started the most recent shake-up of the organization this off-season. Smith was a considered a ‘good soldier’ for the Coyotes and when traded to the Flames, he voiced how happy he was to be out of the Valley. Smith will be the starter for the up-and-coming Flames season.
Michael Stone is also playing for the Calgary Flames. Traded last February, Stone helped shore up the Flames defense for their playoff run. Calgary was eventually swept by the Ducks in four games.
Michal Rozsival is still with the Chicago Blackhawks after signing with them in the 2012-13 season. His role has been diminished in recent years to the seventh defenseman, mostly due to injuries.
Connor Murphy is also now playing with the Chicago Blackhawks. Murphy went over to Chicago in the trade for Niklas Hjalmarsson on June 23rd. Murphy should develop nicely under Joel Quenneville and the Chicago defensive system.
Martin Hanzal is now playing with the Dallas Stars. The trade on February 26th shocked a lot of people and sent Hanzal and Ryan White to the Minnesota Wild. Hanzal played well for the team, when he was not injured, and played with them in the playoffs against St. Louis. Hanzal not coming back was another shake-up that most of us expected. Hanzal will not have to carry as much of a load in Dallas as he did in Arizona since he will be playing behind Tyler Seguin.
Keith Yandle is now playing with the Florida Panthers. The Trade that really took a toll Arizona was the trade of Keith Yandle and Chris Summers to the New York Rangers for Anthony Duclair, a conditional first rounder, a second rounder, and John Moore on March 1st, 2015. Yandle made the playoffs with the Rangers while he was there. His rights were then traded to Florida in June of 2016 where he signed a multi-year deal with the Panthers. That deal seemed to cause issues within the front office when they tried to have him waive his No Movement Clause for the 2017 Expansion Draft.
Radim Vrbata is now with the Florida Panthers. After having an amazing season last year with the Coyotes, they opted not to bring the veteran right wing back. Vrbata will be joining another young team that is looking to rebuild and refresh after last year's disaster of a season. Vrbata should fit in with the high flying team and serve them well.
David Schlemko is now playing for the Montreal Canadiens. Schlemko has been bouncing around the league since he was picked up off of waivers by the Dallas Stars on January 3rd, 2015. He was then claimed again off waivers by the Calgary Flames on March 1st, 2015 from the Stars and helped the Flames during their playoff run in 2015. He then signed with the New Jersey Devils for the 2015-16 season and then played for the San Jose Sharks in 2016-17. He was then selected in the 2017 Expansion Draft by the Vegas Golden Knights and promptly flipped to the Montreal Canadiens via trade. He is a solid defensive defenseman and should help the Canadiens with what they have left of their blueline.
Mikkel Boedker is now playing for the San Jose Sharks. Boedker was having a decent season with the Coyotes, coming back from his emergency splenectomy in 2015, when he was traded to the Colorado Avalanche. He then signed a four-year deal with the San Jose Sharks, which has turned out to be an okay place for him. He has been moving up and down the lineup, but at times was healthy scratched, even during the playoffs. Boedker may never be the player we thought he was going to be, but he was brought into the NHL too soon.
Louis Domingue is still with the Coyotes. Domingue was one of the Black Aces for Arizona during the playoff run. In the past two seasons, Domingue has shown that he has the potential to be a full-time goaltender in the league but will have to fight Antti Raanta for the starting spot for the upcoming 2017-18 season.
Oliver Ekman-Larsson is the last (then) Phoenix Coyotes starter on the current Arizona roster. He is our potential new captain and going into a year where it will be a make or break when it comes to his contract extension that can be signed July 1st, 2018. Ekman-Larsson has been outstanding in all of his years with the Coyotes, one of the best defenseman in the league. Last year he was playing with a heavy heart and a broken thumb, but this year he should be back to his elite form. If he is the new Coyotes Captain, it will be an interesting dynamic change as he is one of the quieter Coyotes.
Who from this list was your favorite during the 2012 run? What did you think of this series?
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