The Arizona Coyotes cut two players today sending both Emerson Etem and Hunter Miska to the Tucson Roadrunners.
This brings the roster down to 27 players, which means cutting three more players before opening night. Jakob Chychrun will, most logically, be placed on IR so the team can carry a total of 24 players (including Chychrun) on its roster.
Who will be cut?
The Coyotes still have three goaltenders up because Antti Raanta is nursing a day-to-day injury, hopefully he will be ready by opening night. Marek Langhamer has made a case for staying up with the big club, but the back-up position is Louis Domingue’s to lose at this point.
Defensively it is down to two either Dakota Mermis, who has been steady this preseason or Kevin Connauton, who has been a bit rough. My gut says Mermis will be the one to go down, but my heart thinks it should be Connauton.
Forward wise there are a few players who could be sent down. Zac Rinaldo would be the obvious choice, but Dylan Strome or even Lawson Crouse could be sent down as well. Mario Kempe has played himself onto the team and he will, most likely, not be going anywhere any time soon.
The finalized NHL roster that is compliant must be submitted to the NHL by 5 pm EST/2 pm AZ on October 2nd. We should see the final cuts after tomorrow night’s game against San Jose.
Loss To The Kings
Last night the Coyotes played a version of the team that closely resembled the NHL opening night roster minus Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Antti Raanta. The team is still getting through some new team/new coach glitches but looked solid for a lot of the game.
Clayton Keller continues to be a standout player for the Coyotes in this preseason. He is fast as lightning and has hockey IQ that is outstanding. He is also hard to take off the puck. First they have to catch him and/or hit him and then take it way from him. The first part is already difficult, the second part makes it amusing to watch defenders try to take on a kid who will not give up.
It’s something to look forward to this season.
Yes, they only scored one goal (Spoiler: It was Keller.), but there is no reason to panic. Had it been any other goalie in net for the Kings, we would most likely be talking about a Keller hat trick.
Looks like the Coyotes are doing something major on Saturday the 7th. Starting at 2:30pm in the plaza outside of Gila River Arena, there is going to be a Red Carpet event. We should get more details soon but it looks like it will be a blast.