It was announced today that the Arizona Coyotes have re-signed defenseman to a one-year contract. At this time no details about his contract have been revealed.
It's official.— Arizona Coyotes (@ArizonaCoyotes) June 14, 2019
Ilya Lyubushkin will be returning to the desert this season. https://t.co/56TBwCHAhk
Undrafted, Lyubushkin signed with the Coyotes as a free agent after playing with the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl in the KHL for the previous four seasons. In his first season in the NHL he played in 41 games and scored 0-4-4 and notching 13 penalty minutes.
The Coyotes would primarily use Lyubushkin as a seventh defenseman, who would bring a physical, defensive presence on the ice. He adjusted well to playing in the NHL, and if not for stiff competition on the blue line he may have seen more action.
With Lyubushkin re-signed the Coyotes still have Lawson Crouse, Hunter Miska, Nick Cousins, Emil Pettersson, Adin Hill, Hudson Fasching, Dysin Mayo, Michael Bunting, and Josh Archibald remaining as restricted free agents. It remains to be seen who else the team will re-sign and who will walk.