Mikkel Boedker Avoids Arbitration And Signs 1-Year Deal

RFA forward Mikkel Boedker signs 1 year deal –

The Arizona Coyotes have avoided going to arbitration with “Restricted Free Agent” Mikkel Boedker by signing him to a one year contract worth $3,750,000.

Boedker, 25, will be looking to rebound from season ending surgery last January when had an emergency operation to have his spleen removed.  The injury was believed to have occurred after a routine hit in a game versus the Jets in Winnipeg on January 18, 2015.

Mikkel Boedker was off to a decent start in the 2014-15 season where he recorded 14 goals and 14 assists for 28 points along with six penalty minutes in 45 games with the Coyotes last season.  

Boedker has totaled 67-107-174 and 76 PIM in 383 career NHL games.  He was originally drafted by the Coyotes in the first round (eighth overall) in the 2008 Entry Draft.

Position:  LW     Shoots:  Left

DOB:  Dec. 16, 1989     Birthplace:  Brondby, Denmark

Height: 6′     Weight:  210

Career NHL Stats: Regular season

Games: 383   G: 67   A: 107  Pts: 174  PIM: 76   Plus/Minus: -14

Career NHL Stats: Playoffs 

Games: 20  G: 4   A: 5  Pts: 9  PIM: 2   Plus/Minus: 0

Achievements:

1.  Selected 5th overall in the 1st round by the Kitchener Rangers in the 2007 CHL Import Draft.

2.  Named “Top 3 Player” on Team Denmark at the U20 WJC Tournament in 2008.

3.  Played in 2008 CHL Top Prospects game.

4.  Selected 8th overall in the 1st round by the Phoenix Coyotes in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.  

Reaction – 👍

Mikkel Boedker and his camp filed for arbitration but then a couple days later agreed to terms on a one year deal which tells me they were WAY OFF with their contract demands.  Make no mistake about it, right now he is probably the Coyotes best young forward.  That being said, he is a LONG LONG way from being an elite NHLer.  He has all the tools but he is still wildly inconsistent and prone to long periods of not getting results.  If and I say if, he was looking for a huge payday I believe he was barking up the wrong tree and I applaud Coyotes GM Don Maloney for not caving into unrealistic contract demands.  Nowadays players want big money and long term before they have earned it.  

It looks like the two sides agreed to let the player take another year to prove his worth and back up the demands.  I like Mikkel Boedker and I believe he will get paid but he is going to have to perform before the Arizona Coyotes “show him the money”.

A final thought

Why do some teams, including the Arizona Coyotes, go out of their way to insult the media and the fans with this statement:

As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Really?  Within thirty seconds of the announcement or even sooner every major sports network is already disclosing the salary and it already up on sites like General Fanager and others like it.  So what’s the big secret?  Just disclose the salary and terms and stop playing games.  Thank You.

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Mitch Kasprick (346 Posts)


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