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Coyotes’ Rick Tocchet Apologizes To Fans Following 5th Straight Loss

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The Arizona Coyotes 5th straight loss, and slow start to open the regular season, may have their fans hanging their heads low.

But Coyotes head coach Rick Tocchet is acknowledging the team’s dismal start and addressed fans after their 5th straight loss.

“I’m embarrassed,” Tocchet told Sarah McLellan or The Arizona Republic. “I apologize to the fans.”

Arizona was expecting more production from their offseason acquisitions such as Derek Stepan, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Jason Demers, and goaltender Antti Raanta, but the moves have failed, thus far, to pay off.

“When pressure hits this team for some reason, adversity, they just forget where to go and then they just starting running around,” Tocchet said.

 

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Coyotes Sign Oliver Ekman-Larsson To Contract Extension

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The Arizona Coyotes, as expected, have signed Oliver Ekman-Larsson to an eight-year contract extension, according to a team annoucement.

Ekman-Larsson’s new deal carries an average annual value of $8.25M, according to 98.7 Arizona Sports’ Craig Morgan.

Ekman-Larsson, 26, was entering the final year of his six-year, #44M deal that he inked with Arizona back in 2013 and is coming off a season in which he scored 42 points in all 82 games for the Yotes.

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Coyotes, Niklas Hjalmarsson Agree To Extension

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The Arizona Coyotes have agreed to a two-year, $10M contract extension with veteran defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson, according to Arizona Sports’ Craig Morgan.

Hjalmarsson, 31, was acquired last offseason from the Chicago Blackhawks to provide a veteran presence to Arizona’s defensive core.

Hjalmarsson was in the final year of a five-year, $20.5M deal he inked with Chicago back in 2013.

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Coyotes Sign Kevin Connauton To 2-Year Deal

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The Arizona Coyotes have agreed to a 2-year deal with defenseman Kevin Connauton, the team officially announced.

According to Arizona Sports’ Craig Morgan, Connauton’s new deal is worth $2.75M.

“We are very pleased to sign Kevin to a contract extension,” general manager John Chayka said. “Kevin is a versatile defenseman with a great work ethic. He had an excellent season last year and he adds depth to our blue line. We’re happy to have him back.”

Connauton, 28, is coming off a season which saw him pour in 11 goals and 10 assists.

 

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