Earlier today it was announced the the Coyotes have re-signed forward Conor Garland to a two-year extension.
The always knowledgeable Craig Morgan has tweeted the terms of the deal and with an AAV of $775,000 the Coyotes are getting Garland on a very team friendly deal.
League source: Conor Garland's two-year contract extension has an AAV of $775,000. First year: $750,000; second year: $800,000.— Craig Morgan (@craigsmorgan) February 27, 2019
Conor Garland started the season in the AHL with the Tucson Roadrunners but thanks to the many Coyotes injuries he got a call up midway through the season. Through 36 games this season season he has twelve goals and three assists and is tied for third on the team in goals scored.
Fans took to Garland quickly thanks to his work effort and his willingness to crash the net to score goals. One memorable goal came against the Edmonton Oilers where he redirected a puck with his face into the net. He would get stitches and score again later that night on the power play.
This deal looks to be a steal for the Coyotes. Garland’s shooting percentage is 12.8% so he hopefully won’t be looking at a big decrease in goals in the coming years, and he has shown a willingness to play the game the right way.
Its still too early in Garland’s career to predict what kind of success he will have, but a full season with Garland could be a blessing for an offensively starved team like the Coyotes.