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Coyotes’ John Chayka Says Team Going Through ‘Adjustment Period’

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It’s been a brutal start to the season for the Arizona Coyotes as the team has gone winless to open the 2017-2018 campaign.

But, Arizona general manager John Chayka says it’s simply boiling down to the team not being fully adjusted to their new direction.

“Could we have more points playing a different style if we trapped it up, slowed it down, and just played safe? Yeah, maybe, but we’re not going to reach that threshold of where we want to get by playing that way,” Chayka told Craig Morgan of Arizona Sports on Monday.

“This is the way we’re going to reach it and there’s an adjustment period. We’re going through it.”

The Coyotes fell 3-1 to the Dallas Stars on Tuesday but were encouraged by the performance rookie goaltender Adin Hill who turned aside 31 shots.

“Adin Hill was solid,” Coyotes head coach Rick Tocchet told reporters Tuesday.

You’re just looking for somebody to make a play and score a goal. Guys worked hard, just couldn’t score.”

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Coyotes’ Barrett Hayton To Start Season with Team

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Arizona Coyotes 5th overall draft pick Barrett Hayton will begin the upcoming NHL season on the ice with the Coyotes, according to general manager John Chayka.

“Everything we thought and expected (about Hayton) has come true,” Arizona general manager John Chayka said, according to theScore’s John Matisz. “He’s one of those guys who you think will keep getting better and better every single day. He does a lot of good things, makes his teammates better, and came into camp and did a nice job. He’s going to start off on our opening day roster and we’re just going to take it day by day here.”

“He’s a premium person, (a) premium player, playing a premium position,” Chayka said. “He’s a foundational piece for us. We think he’s a complete 200-foot center.”

Hayton, the young center who who considered a surprise draft pick during the 2018 NHL draft, was held scoreless in two preseason appearances.

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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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