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If he remains unsigned, Ryan Dzingel worth consideration by the Arizona Coyotes

The Arizona Coyotes have done a good job of bolstering their offence ahead of the 2019/20 season, but one current free agent could be worth some closer consideration.

Wheaton, Illinois native Ryan Dzingel remains unsigned after seeing his two-year contract, which held an AAV and cap hit of just $1.8 million, expire this summer.

Dzingel is a curious player, having scored 23 and 26 goals over the past two seasons but now seemingly an after thought in free agency.

After being traded by the Ottawa Senators to the Columbus Blue Jackets at the trade deadline, Dzingel struggled to adjust to his new surroundings and saw his playing time reduced dramatically - impacting his offensive output, particularly during the playoffs.

Just one goal and zero assists in nine playoff appearances is a disappointing showing from a player that scored 26 goals (56 total points) in 78 regular season games.

That, along with Dzingel's rumoured desire to sign a long-term deal at an AAV in the region of $5 million, has left the 27-year-old winger still without a club after 11 days of free agency.

As each day passes, Dzingel's value drops and could see him greatly reduce his contract demands in hopes of securing a place with an NHL team this season.

For the Arizona Coyotes, it would be worth kicking tyres on the former seventh round pick in the 2011 draft.

Back-to-back seasons with over 20 goals is impressive and his offensive output over the past couple of seasons would have ranked highly on the Coyotes roster, which has struggled greatly to find the back of the net.

The Coyotes have added a top goal-scoring forward in Phil Kessel this summer, but having strong depth is something that the team can't overlook with so many injuries suffered during last season's push for the playoffs.

Dzingel would fit nicely on the second line for the Coyotes, providing the team with a strong offensive-minded player that could help compliment the team's overall defensive style by giving them a different dynamic.

When compared to Clayton Keller, offensively Dzingel has performed to a higher level, but has been defensively quite similar.

Keller had a difficult season in 2018/19, but should easily bounce back and continue his promising development - particularly if he is partnered with Nick Schmaltz.

With Keller expected to return to form, along with the return of Schmaltz and the addition of Kessel, the Coyotes should be looking at increasing their offensive output significantly next season.

Dzingel could become a fairly cheap addition to the team if he continues to go unsigned, driving down his price and forcing his hand somewhat.

If the American winger is willing to take a low-cost deal for one year, as a way of proving that he can replicate the strong form shown during his time in Ottawa, then the Coyotes could look to use Marian Hossa's LTIR option as a way of fitting him into their line-up.

Having plenty of depth across the line-up, as well as having more options for line changes, is a positive that head coach Rick Tocchet could really do with.

General manager John Chayka has talked about adding resilience to the team after a year of injury issues and Dzingel has missed fewer than ten games over the past three seasons.

While it is still early in the summer and PTOs are still expected to be offered further down the road, if Dzingel remains unsigned then the Arizona Coyotes should certainly give him some serious consideration.

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