Monday, September 27, 2010

Coyotes Move Below 30 Players

The Phoenix Coyotes assigned 16 players to the minors on Monday, some having to go on waivers and clear first, bringing the team's roster total down to 28 players, plus Kurt Sauer, who is currently on the injured reserve with a head injury.  Currently on the list, there are 18 forwards, eight defense (not including Sauer) and the goaltending tandem.

Of the 18 forwards, Kyle Wellwood, on as a pro tryout, remains with the team, working hard to earn a spot in the line-up.  Also, Viktor Tikhonov returned from Russia for a shot at a roster spot, while Mikkel Boedker and Kyle Turris try for spots from the AHL squad in San Antonio.  With only 13 theoretical forward spots available, the Coyotes could just as easily cut these four and still have a cut to make, but they are obviously making a good push to try and knock someone from the Summer roster out.

With eight defensemen on the list at the moment, I would have to think that Oliver Ekman-Larsson is now a lock for the team, maybe finding some top four minutes when the season gets started.  That would all depend on his consistency.  David Schlemko and Maxim Goncharov should be fighting for the 7th spot.

Wojtek WolskiKeith YandleIlya Bryzgalov
Ray WhitneyEd JovanovskiJason LaBarbera
Shane DoanDerek Morris
Lee StempniakAdrian Aucoin
Radim VrbataSami Lepisto
Eric BelangerKurt Sauer
Martin HanzalDavid Schlemko
Scottie UpshallOliver Ekman-Larsson
Vern FiddlerMaxim Goncharov
Taylor Pyatt
Petr Prucha
Andrew Ebbett
Lauri Korpikoski
Paul Bissonnette
Viktor Tikhonov
Kyle Wellwood
Mikkel Boedker
Kyle Turris

Salary CapSince Wellwood is without a contract as a tryout and Sauer on the injured reserve, the Coyotes have 27 players on contract and three buyouts on the books here for an annual cap projection of $55.3 million, which is nice & safe between the cap floor and ceiling.  Cuts will easily bring down the cap number, but that really shouldn't be a concern for the cap savvy Coyotes.

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