Arizona Coyotes Day 1 Of Free Agency: Part 2

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Arizona Coyotes General Manager, Don Maloney has been very busy lately re-tooling his roster, bringing in some new players and signing some very familiar faces.  Today in Part 2 we will look at the familiar faces.  It’s only the first week in July and this team looks nothing like the team that spiraled down the standings in the second half of the 2014-15 season.  I don’t think it would be a stretch to say that as of right now, if you factor in the resent acquisitions and the “potential” of a couple of the incoming prospects that the Coyotes opening night roster in 2015-16 will be better than last year’s!

Let’s continue with the familiar faces:

Antoine Vermette

Status: UFA

Contract: signed a two year deal worth $7,500,000 with an AAV of $3,750,000 per season.

Last team: Chicago

Drafted by: Ottawa   Year: 2000 NHL Entry Draft   Round: 2nd   Overall: 55th

Position: C   Shoots: Left

DOB: July 20, 1982   Born: Saint-Agapit, Que.

Height: 6’1   Weight: 200

2014-15 NHL Stats: Regular season

Games: 82  G: 13  A: 25   Pts: 38  PIM: 40  Plus/Minus: -25

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Welcome back Antoine Vermette!  He can play in the Arizona Coyotes top six forwards, play on the powerplay, kill penalties and he is one of the top face-off men in the NHL.  He is now a Stanley Cup Champion and can share some this experience on a bunch of young kids and even the veterans on this club.  What’s not to like about this signing? 

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Zbynek Michalek 

Status: UFA

Contract: signed a two year deal worth $6,400,000 that carries a AAV of $3,200,000 per season.

Last team: St. Louis

Signed by: Minnesota   Year: 2001   Status: FA 

Position: RD   Shoots: Right

DOB: Dec. 23, 1982   Born: Jindrichuv Hradec, Czech Rep.

Height: 6’2   Weight: 210

2014-15 NHL Stats: Regular season

Games: 68  G: 4  A: 8   Pts: 12  PIM: 18  Plus/Minus: -3

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Zbynek Michalek will add a veteran presence to a young Arizona Coyotes blue-line.  He’s at the top of the leader-board every season in blocked shots and eats up big minutes on the PK

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Boyd Gordon 

Status: acquired by trade with the Edmonton Oilers.  (Edmonton received Laurie Korpikoski) 

Contract: signed through the 2015-16 season at $3,000,000 with an AAV of $3,000,000

Last team: Edmonton

Drafted by: Dallas     Year: 2004 NHL Entry Draft   Round: 2nd   Overall: 56th

Position: LD   Shoots: Left

DOB: Oct. 19, 1983   Born: Unity, SK

Height: 6′   Weight: 202

2014-15 NHL Stats: Regular season

Games: 68  G: 6  A: 7   Pts: 13  PIM: 17  Plus/Minus: -5

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Boyd Gordon is another center that excels in the face-off circle and is a PK specialist.  A solid edition that will help in the dressing room as well.  Welcome back to the Arizona Coyotes Boyd.

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