The move now sees the Coyotes open the 2019/20 season with 23 players on the NHL roster, with the team currently carrying three goaltenders after acquiring Eric Comrie off waivers.
The decision to recall Christian Fischer is unsurprising, with the organization needing to fit under the salary cap before relying on the LTIR relief available from Marian Hossa’s contract.
Fischer will now compete for ice time this season with the likes of Conor Garland, after taking a step back in his offensive production in 2018/19.
In 71 regular season games, the 22-year-old winger scored 11 goals and had 18 total points. This was a disappointing drop from his rookie season, in which he earned 15 goals and 33 total points in just eight more games.
Age is certainly on Fischer’s side, but he will need to prove he can continue to contribute offensively, especially with the team looking to trend upwards with the additions of Phil Kessel and Carl Soderberg.
The recalling of Capobianco may surprise some, with Ilya Lyubushkin being sent down to the AHL alongside Fischer earlier this week.
Coyotes GM John Chayka confirms Christian Fischer's AHL (Tucson) assignment was a paper transaction. Fischer will be with the club that heads to Anaheim on Wednesday. Ilya Lyubushkin will stay in Tucson & get some reps. Coyotes will put Marian Hossa on LTIR for cap flexibility.— Craig Morgan (@craigsmorgan) October 1, 2019
Capobianco will be allowed to impress the team’s management this season after two strong seasons in the minors and a very brief stint in the NHL before one of a number of injuries suffered by the team.
The former Sudbury Wolves captain has a lot of potential and looks to be developing into a real NHL-quality player and should have a number of chances to prove he belongs with the team this season.
With players such as Alex Goligoski starting to reach a turning point in terms of age, the Coyotes will do well to start bringing through their younger talents to start planning for the transition period that will undoubtedly come over the next couple of seasons.
Beyond any major surprises, this should see the Coyotes’ roster set for the foreseeable future.