The Arizona Coyotes have been granted permission to extend Barrett Hayton’s conditioning loan with the Tucson Roadrunners.
Barrett Hayton had not seen the ice since captaining Team Canada earn gold at the World Junior Championships at the turn of the year before being sent down to the Tucson Roadrunners to build up his fitness levels.
Per the NHL’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, players that have been out with significant injuries can be granted, with their permission, Bona Fide Long-Term Injury/Illness Exception Conditioning Loans, which may last a maximum of six days or three games to determine whether or not they are fit enough to return to NHL action.
13.9 Bona Fide Long-Term Injury/Illness Exception Conditioning Loan. A Player who is on the Bona Fide Long-Term Injury/Illness Exception as set forth in Article 50 may... be Loaned on a Conditioning Loan for a period not to exceed up to the longer of six (6) days and three (3) games... If the Club determines that it needs more time to assess the Player’s fitness to play, the Club may file a written request with the Commissioner’s Office... to extend the Loan for an additional two (2) games.
Now that the Coyotes’ 19-year-old starlet has played in three AHL games in Tucson, the expectation was that he would return to the NHL roster and compete for ice time in Rick Tocchet’s team.
However, the Coyotes have been granted permission by the Commissioner’s Office to extend his conditioning loan by the maximum two additional games allowed under the CBA.
The league has approved the Coyotes' request for Barrett's Hayton's AHL conditioning stint to extend 2 more games (discussed in the piece below). Tucson plays tonight & tomorrow in Colorado. After these 2 games, Hayton will rejoin the Coyotes when they return to AZ from Ottawa. https://t.co/Zs91OIa4DX— Craig Morgan (@CraigSMorgan) February 11, 2020
These two games will both come against the Colorado Eagles in back-to-back road games set to take place tonight (11th February) and tomorrow night (12th February).
The extension of Hayton’s conditioning loan is a sensible decision by the organization, with the fifth-overall pick in the 2018 Draft impressing in the minors. During his three-game stint, Hayton has registered a goal and two assists, with the hope being that he can add a couple more points in his additional two-game extension.
The young Kitchener, Ontario native is showing signs that he is ready to compete for a spot in the NHL roster and, with the Arizona Coyotes needing an offensive spark at times, he should be given a chance to impress and contribute in the team’s search for the post-season.
Hayton has one goal and four total points in 14 NHL games this season and will be hoping the World Juniors and his stint in the AHL can help him kick on for the remainder of the 2019/20 season.