The Arizona Coyotes have begun off-season maneuvers by assigning the rights of four players to their American Hockey League affiliate in Springfield, Massachusetts. Forwards Laurent Dauphin and Eric Selleck, defenseman Alex Grant and goaltender Marek Langhamer are going back to the team where they played the bulk of their time last season.
These four players had limited time with the Coyotes:
- Dauphin, 21, played in eight games with an 11:18 average time on ice and one goal. He had 11 goals and 12 assists in 63 games for the Springfield Falcons.
- Grant, 27, played in five games with seven penalty minutes. He amassed 11 goals and 29 assists in 66 games at Springfield.
- Selleck, 28, played in one game with five penalty minutes. He had 10 goals, 12 assists and 137 penalty minutes over 59 games in Springfield.
- Langhamer, 21, did not play. In 19 games at Springfield, he went 7-9-2 with an .883 save percentage and 3.80 goals against average.
This will be a shorter trip for the foursome. The Coyotes recently purchased the Falcons and a move to Tucson is expected.
The Arizona Coyotes fired general manager and executive vice president Don Maloney on Monday after nine seasons leading the NHL franchise. The Coyotes finished this season 35-39-8, out of the playoffs for a fourth straight year. Coach Dave Tippett has two years left on his current contract and is expected to return.
ESPN states that Maloney “had one of the most difficult jobs in sports, leading a team operating under the financial restraints of being owned by the NHL for four seasons. Maloney handled it better than expected, bringing in gritty, low-salaried players who fit Tippett’s defensive style of hockey.”
Arizona made the playoffs under Maloney from 2010 to 2012, peaking that last season with a trip to the conference finals, where the Coyotes were defeated 4-1 by the Los Angeles Kings who went on to hoist the Stanley Cup.
Kept on through ownership changes in both 2013 and 2014, Maloney orchestrated a rebuilding effort this past season that saw the Coyotes shed a bunch of expensive contracts while improving their points by 22. Before being hired by Arizona, Maloney was the New York Islanders GM from 1992 to 1995 and a player for the Islanders, New York Rangers and Hartford Whalers and Islanders from 1978 to 1991.
Assistant general managers John Chayka and Chris O’Hearn will run the team until a new GM is hired.
The Arizona Coyotes sent backup goalie Marek Langhamer back down to the American Hockey League team Springfield on Sunday.
The 21-year-old Czech has played 13 games for the Springfield Falcons this season, compiling a 6-6-1 record with a 3.52 GAA. He was promoted a week earlier but did not appear in a game. He was drafted in the 7th round by Arizona in 2012. When he was called up, RotoWire gave this assessment of his numbers: “He’s clearly not ready for anything more than a cup of coffee.”
Langhamer became expendable when starting goalie Mike Smith returned Saturday following a 40-game absence and played well in a 4-0 shutout of the Edmonton Oilers. Louis Domingue serves as his backup.