Monday, July 02, 2018

Grabner Heads to the Desert

The Arizona Coyotes made some more waves on Sunday, as they were able to add speedy forward Michael Grabner to their mix, signing him to a 3-year, $10.05 million deal.

Grabner played in 80 games for the Devils in 2018, scoring 27 goals and 36 points in that time, good enough to rank 165th among all forwards in scoring.  He will bring a great transition game to the Coyotes, not to mention a knack for penalty killing and a good all around game.

The Coyotes have been able to do quite a bit in this summer already, as they have made some significant strides on their roster, which could make them much more competitive in 2019.  The additions of Alex Galchenyuk and Richard Panik will give them a lot more depth up front, Grabner will add to the team speed, which has been one of the big keys for teams in this new NHL and I am starting to expect bigger and better things from this side.

Forwards Cap Defense Cap Goalies Cap
Derek Stepan 6.500 Oliver Ekman-Larsson 5.500 Antti Raanta 4.250
Dave Bolland 5.500 Alex Goligoski 5.475 Darcy Kuemper 1.850
Alex Galchenyuk 4.900 Niklas Hjalmarsson 4.100
Michael Grabner 3.350 Jason Demers 3.938
Richard Panik 2.800 Kevin Connauton 1.375
Marcus Kruger 2.775 Jakob Chychrun 0.925
Nick Cousins 1.000 Andrew Campbell 0.650
Lawson Crouse 0.894
Clayton Keller 0.886
Brendan Perlini 0.863
Dylan Strome 0.863
Nicholas Merkley 0.863
Christian Dvorak 0.839
Christian Fischer 0.822

This team is not only a little bit faster, it's also quite cost effective as well.  The 23-man roster, including the injured Dave Bolland, is coming in at $64.3 million against the cap, leaving plenty of room to possibly make another signing or two... or three.  If the kids can really start to make waves for the Coyotes, this team will be dangerous for quite some time.

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