The Arizona Coyotes’ busy off-season continues.
According to St. Louis Blues beat reporter Andy Strickland, the Coyotes have agreed to terms on a one-year contract worth $3.2 million with Moscow Dynamo winger Dmitrij Jaškin.
Jaškin, 28, was born in the Russian city of Omsk, but he represents the Czech Republic in international competitions. He played parts of six seasons with the Blues from 2013 to 2018 before joining the Washington Capitals for the 2018–19 season.
In his first 303 NHL games, Jaškin totaled 27 goals and 42 assists for 69 points. 13 of those goals came in just 54 games during the 2014–15 season.
After scoring just two goals and eight points in his lone season with the Capitals, Jaškin departed North America to sign with Dynamo Moscow of the Kontinental Hockey League.
He played two seasons in Moscow and emerged as one of the KHL’s top players, winning the league’s Golden Stick Award as regular-season MVP in 2019–20.
Jaškin led the KHL with 38 goals in just 59 games last season. Since 2019–20, no KHL player has scored more goals than Jaskin’s 69.
Coyotes general manager Bill Armstrong is undoubtedly familiar with Jaškin. Armstrong served as the Blues’ director of amateur scouting when the team selected him with 42nd overall in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.