Thursday, June 17, 2010

Aucoin Back in the Desert

The Phoenix Coyotes liked what they saw from Adrian Aucoin in the 2010 season, so they asked him to come back for the 2011 and 2012 season, signing him to a new 2-year deal on Thursday afternoon.  The deal is said to be worth $4 million over the two years, making the salary cap math really easy. 

Aucoin had a pretty good year with the Coyotes in 2010, scoring 8 goals and 20 assists in all 82 games, which ranked him 56th in defensemen scoring, which is down from his 2009 position, but still looks pretty good on him at 37 years old.  Aucoin also led the entire NHL in game-deciding goals in the shootout, as he won six extra games for the Coyotes.  That isn't a stat that I personally carry in my hockey pools, but it's good from a fan perspective.

Shane DoanKeith YandleIlya Bryzgalov
Radim VrbataEd JovanovskiJason LaBarbera
Scottie UpshallAdrian Aucoin
Vern FiddlerJim Vandermeer
Petr PruchaKurt Sauer
Lauri Korpikoski
Mikkel Boedker

Salary Cap
We had a couple of additions to the team table since the Pool Outlook in May, seeing Scottie Upshall and Adrian Aucoin added lately.  This brings the totals up to 14 players for the Coyotes ready to go for 2011 at an approximate annual cap hit of $33.4 million, which is still very low, but the club doesn't have a full budget number until the sale to Ice Edge Holdings is completed... if it is ever completed.

Easy signing for the Coyotes, it was kind of a no-brainer, saving Aucoin from reaching unrestricted free agency this year.  He seemed to mesh well with the young team and provided them with some pretty good minutes.  I'm not going to rush out and pick him for my pool team this Fall though.  I'm expecting that he'll probably take another dip in his production, which lessens his value somewhat.  He'll still be good for a pool team, but not too high, in my estimation.

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