With free agency in full swing, the Arizona Coyotes have made another signing of a depth forward, bringing in John Hayden on a one-year, $750,000 deal.
John Hayden agrees to 1 year deal in Arizona. $750,000— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) October 9, 2020
The 6’3” 215 lb Chicago native was originally drafted 74th overall in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft by his hometown Blackhawks. He spent three seasons in Chicago before being traded to the New Jersey Devils where he spent last season.
Hayden played 43 games for the Devils last season, finishing with three goals and an assist. He was also second on the Devils in penalty minutes, finishing with 77 including four fighting majors.
The Coyotes signing Hayden, along with Tyler Pitlick earlier who signed a two-year deal earlier today, seems to point to a desire to get more physical and harder to play against. We likely aren’t going to see Hayden play a full season, or score a lot, but the team seems to think that he brings other strengths to the table.
Right now the Coyotes are pretty close to the ceiling unless they make some trades to clear space. The team has plenty of veterans who could fetch decent returns, even with Oliver Ekman-Larsson being off the table.