The Arizona Coyotes had a relatively slow start to free agency. Defensemen like Karl Alzner, Trevor Daley, and Kevin Shattenkirk had gone on and signed with the Montreal Canadiens, Detroit Red Wings, and New York Rangers respectively. The Coyotes have acquired players for the upcoming season in moves made prior to the 2017 NHL Entry Draft with executing trades with the Calgary Flames, Chicago Blackhawks, New York Rangers, and Philadelphia Flyers.
The Coyotes added defenseman Adam Clendening today by signing him to a one-year deal worth $650,000. Clendening, a former second round selection by the Chicago Blackhawks back in 2011, was recently a member of the New York Rangers having dressed in 31 games and notching 11 points (2 goals and 9 assists). Clendening can possibly serve as a depth player for the Coyotes but may be more than that since he shoots right-handed. In only two years as general manager of the franchise, John Chayka has now acquired two right-handed defensemen with Clendening and Luke Schenn, yet the team may call up a few prospects so as to give them NHL ice time.
The Coyotes also re-signed center Nick Cousins to a two-year, $2 million extension. Cousins was acquired by the Coyotes last month in a trade that sent prospect Brendan Warren and a fifth-round pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft to the Philadelphia Flyers. Cousins played out his entry-level contract with the Flyers; playing in 60 games this past season notching 16 points (6 goals and 10 assists). The Coyotes see Cousins as a part of their future plans and subsequently rewarded him with an extension.
What are your thoughts on the Clendening signing and Cousins extension? Do these moves help the Coyotes going forward? Feel free to leave your thoughts on the transactions.