As the season comes to an end, we are going to see the Arizona Coyotes start signing players. Not only do they have the upcoming expansion draft to look forward to, but they are also going to need to sign new defensemen.
The Coyotes made their first signing today sending Ilya Lyubushkin to a one-year, $1.35 million deal.
BREAKING: Coyotes GM Bill Armstrong said that the team will sign defenseman Ilya Lyubushkin to one-year, $1.35 million extension.— Craig Morgan (@CraigSMorgan) April 18, 2021
The three-year veteran was set to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.https://t.co/q1xgIRqG1Z pic.twitter.com/jq7AmY1Fg1
Lyubushkin signed with the Coyotes as a free agent in 2018 after playing in the KHL with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl. He played 41 games in his first season and had four assists.
This season Lyubushkin has played in 31 games and has his first goal as an NHL defenseman. He is frequently paired with Oliver Ekman-Larsson and serves as a heavy-hitting defensive defenseman for the Desert Dogs.
The Coyotes will likely be making a number of moves to address their blue-line in the upcoming weeks. Other than Lyubushkin, only Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Jakob Chychrun are signed past this season.