The Arizona Coyotes wrapped up the 2023 NHL Draft a week ago, and they’ve added plenty of talent to their prospect pool. Thanks to general manager (GM) Bill Armstrong, they have accumulated tons of draft capital for the near future, including five first-round picks in the past two drafts.
The 2023 NHL Free Agency frenzy has officially begun. The Arizona Coyotes along with 31 other clubs got to work on July 1 signing/re-signing players. General manager Bill Armstrong brought back three former Coyotes in Nick Bjugstad, Troy Stecher, and Alex Galchenyuk, and also completed deals with Matthew Villalta, Jason Zucker, and Alex Kerfoot.
The Detroit Red Wings signed forward Christian Fischer to a one-year contract worth $1.1 million on Sunday. Fischer, 26, was set to become a restricted free agent on Saturday but was not tendered a qualifying offer by the Arizona Coyotes, with whom he played his entire NHL career.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. Tanner Ludtke has spent plenty of time in Arizona. His grandparents on his mom’s side live just outside Phoenix in Sun City West and the Ludtke family has made its share of trips to the desert over the years.
The Arizona Coyotes have bolstered their roster with the signing of forward Alex Kerfoot to a two-year contract worth $3.5 million per season. Known for his defensive prowess and playmaking ability, Kerfoot will provide valuable depth to the Coyotes’ lineup.
The Arizona Coyotes have made a notable move in free agency, signing winger Jason Zucker to a one-year deal worth $5.3 million. Zucker, who played 78 games with the Pittsburgh Penguins last season, recorded 27 goals and 21 assists.
But is a huge forward who split the 2022-23 season between the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl clubs in the KHL and MHL (Russia’s top junior league). He’s a strong skater and very coordinated for a player of his size.
Ownership and arena drama has been a constant for the Coyotes for much of their existence in Arizona, and it seems they have finally reached a tipping point that could result in the organization relocating.