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 Wolski||Keith Yandle||Ilya Bryzgalov|
|Ray Whitney||Ed Jovanovski||Jason LaBarbera|
|Shane Doan||Derek Morris|
|Lee Stempniak||Adrian Aucoin|
|Radim Vrbata||Sami Lepisto|
|Eric Belanger||Kurt Sauer|
|Martin Hanzal||David Schlemko|
|Scottie Upshall||Oliver Ekman-Larsson|
|Vern Fiddler||Maxim Goncharov|
Since 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.